The art I make explores hidden abstract patterns, random shapes, and aesthetic tensions I see in manufactured objects—particularly within the confines of structures and machinery.

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, my neighborhood was near the eI, and I was especially attracted to the mystery and magic of the NYC subway trains, streets and infrastructure. I was drawn to the art made by the ashcan school artists of the earlier part of the 20th Century. And, although my style is a bit more modern, I still think their influence is evident in what I do today.

I use my camera as my sketchbook, always looking for subject matter that intrigues me and makes a memorable impression. Then, when transforming my reference into a piece of physical art, I make it my purpose to go beyond just a technical rendering, but also infuse it with emotion; and I’m not happy unless the art also becomes an emotional experience - for both me and the viewer.

I think that’s what makes it art. 

A short conversation with Harvey Hirsch.