HV Reissue: Friday the 13th Edition

Your humble Gardener proudly presents another HV reissue: Friday the 13th edition. Maggie Hagan’s “Don’t Talk to Me Until I’ve Had My Coffee” is a surreal account of a day in Los Angeles. Or an average trip to Starbucks for actor James Cromwell. Enjoy! Considering how jittery I get and how I feel like my … Read more

Robert Morse in The Loved One

The great comedic actor Robert Morse passed away this week. He was best known for his work on Broadway and roles in prestige television like Mad Men and American Crime Story. However, his singular role as a leading man in the oddball cult comedy The Loved One. Which is also the greatest movie about the … Read more

The Hidden History of Photography

How did a middle-aged Victorian-era mother turn photography into a viable artform? Julia Margaret Cameron took up the still new media format of photography as a hobby when her children were grown and gone. While most of the other early practitioners of photography valued the more scientific applications of the medium, Cameron focused on the … Read more

Decolonizing the Art Museum

The Smithsonian Institute usually preserves history. This past week, the museum made it with the decision to return its collection Benin Bronzes to their place of origin. For American and European cultural institutions, this could turn into the first domino in the repatriation of African works, as well as perhaps other pieces from former imperial … Read more

HV Reissue: Colorways

The world could always use a little more poetry. Please enjoy this piece by the award-winning poet Jeremy Schmidt as much as we do. -The Gardener Colorways So far as a sofa is softskin no matter how distant is sway. So long as near-silk and reduction run over it, nightbakingnights are clear sky. So near … Read more

The Masks of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Born the son of former slaves, Paul Laurence Dunbar carved out a significant place for black American voices in literature. Considered the first major Black American poet, Dunbar developed a few distinct voices. He distinguished himself not only as a master of literary works in the American Romantic tradition but also the use of Black … Read more

Art in the Metaverse of 2022

Back in the early days of HV, contributing editor Adam D-F published this in an essay from our series about the state of contemporary art: From the perspective of an interested observer, so much of the art today – painting, sculpture, video, performance, conceptual, multi-media installation – isn’t technically unsound but spiritually uninspired. Nor is … Read more

HVppy Xmas From Max Bosch!

The Gardener, Max Bosch and friends at HV would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday this season! If Max says you’ve been nice, please enjoy this inspiring Christmas song from featured member William Carr. William is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, originally from Maryland, trained in Los Angeles. We are proud to share … Read more

Acting Wisdom from a Master Teacher

Harry Mastrogeorge is a legend in the acting community. As a teacher, he famously has rejected the idea that performers need to draw on their own experiences and emotions to understand their characters. He also has some thoughts about all those methods, starting with Stanislovski 👇 His notable students include Ray Liotta, Bryan Cranston and … Read more

Scenes from HV’s Concert Night

Last month, HV hosted our first LIVE AND IN PERSON CONCERT EVENT! The evening featured performances from headliner Kate Grahn, along with singer-songwriter Michele Lu, pop/rocker Maisyn, Peter Saputo and a surprise set from LA-based alt rockers MatchHouse. The artists from this talented group of emerging performers brought their own style to the night. Michele … Read more

New Episode Alert • Stanley Dorfman in The Art of Art

This week, HV released the newest episode of our EXCLUSIVE original series The Art of Art. Hosted by artist Shane Guffogg, the show features in depth conversations between Shane and other artists in the contemporary LA art scene. The first episodes explored the world of expressionist painter Laura Hipke. In this newest release, Shane sits … Read more

This Black Friday, Support the Independent Arts!

No deals on cheap, disposable goods here. Why not? Because for $2/month (or $20/year if you REALLY like savings) you can join HV and help keep the small, independent arts alive. A membership includes access to all our EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, including original films, series, and featured members’ work. It also features additional benefits like invitations … Read more

HV Live Concert Event 11/13 – Kate Grahn & Friends

As part of HV’s commitment to the arts LIVE & IN PERSON we are proud to present our FIRST FULL CONCERT. The event will take place in a private location and feature performances from up-and-coming Los Angeles area artists. Featured Member and HV Live alum Kate Grahn will headline the show. The evening will also … Read more

Are Non-Fungible Tokens the Next Film Theaters?

It was only a matter of time before crypto went to the movies. This week, Quentin Tarantino announced a secret auction of NFTs related to Pulp Fiction. On the one hand, this makes sense. Tarantino is the auteur equivalent of a viral video and blockbuster franchise—all of which had dominated the film and video NFT … Read more

Now Showing on HV: THE GROOMSMAN

Hieronyvision is proud to present a new original series from Featured Member Nick Hansen. Always the groomsman. Never the man. Will Knight is the perpetual groomsman. He has been standing by the lucky guy’s side in every one of his friends and family’s weddings. Over 15… not that anyone’s counting or anything. Can Will finally … Read more

Paul Simon | Dick Cavett • Creating a Classic “On the Spot”

How does one of the greatest, most memorable pop/folk songs ever recorded come to life? Apparently off the top of the head. In this vintage interview with Dick Cavett and Paul Simon, the legendary singer-songwriter describes the process behind composing “Mrs. Robinson” (with a heartwarming but humorous apology to the real-life Mr. Robinson, Mel Brooks). … Read more

Digital Girls in a Material World | The Love & Sex Project

Everything is for sale on the internet if you look in the right places, and love is no exception. Thanks to algorithms and dating apps, the “shop ‘til you drop” approach to romance has only tightened its stranglehold on modern society. Still, there’s something that’s disheartening – pun intended – if not deeply disturbing about … Read more

Ruth Asawa’s Wire Wonders

For Ruth Asawa, the materials were the message. Her hanging biomorphic wire sculptures represent the most visionary breakthrough in the history of modern sculpture. They were such a brilliant piece of experimentation that the Japanese-Amereican artist initially had to defend their categorization as sculptures to museums and galleries. In her own lifetime, Asawa achieved reasonable … Read more

Remembering Norman Lloyd

Last week, we said goodbye to the oldest working actor in Hollywood. The legendary Norman Lloyd worked with everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to Judd Apatow. He was a charter member of Orson Welles’s Mercury Theater. Yet his experience provided him with a wealth of stories and the wisdom of experience. His professional career extended across … Read more

Welcome to the New HV!

If you’re a returning member or have ever visited our site before, you may have noticed a few changes around here. Don’t worry. All the old familiar content you loved is still around. It just might be in a different category. For starters, the Garden, this section, is now the official HV blog. It’s the … Read more

The Resurrection of Independent Arts

The great shame of the digital age: true independence and authentic community are becoming relics of an analog past. This is especially true for artists, as those pockets of culture, conversation and, by necessity, commerce that serve as beacons for the creative class had already begun to wither away before the coronavirus deemed them extinct. Somehow, in the name of saving civilization, it’s always … Read more

Who Is the Gardener?

Careful readers may notice that they are in the Garden. Many of these featured posts are authored by the Gardener. So who exactly is the Gardener? So have you figured out who the %&#! the Gardener is? Let us know!

Dear Instagram: U Suck

PROVOKE! Hey Instagram. We knew you’d shut us down. Even though we went out of our way to follow your written guidelines, as well as the shit you don’t mention but still enforce. We didn’t post any nude pictures, impersonate someone else or spread hate filled lies. Still, we knew you’d shut us down. See, … Read more

The Music “Industry”

As part of the new and improved MUSIC section, we’ve added a new category: THE INDUSTRY. This section moves beyond individual artists to take a holistic look at music: how we make it, why we like it, how it transforms our culture. Features in this section will explore issues of cultural appropriation in hip-hop: Articles … Read more

ART FARTS: Coming Soon

ENTERTAIN: As part of our new relaunch, HV will be premiering new content. One of our new shows is a series of animated shorts that reinterpret classic paintings in interesting, amusing and offbeat ways. Because we’re classy, we’re calling it ART FARTS. Stay tuned for more!