Charissa N. Terranova writes about John Hartley's love for rusted old toys and how they transform figuratively when a 3-D object becomes a 2-D image on Hartley's canvas. Terranova writes:"From object to photograph to painting — it is that space between real object and representation that provides ground for serious analysis. In photographing and then painting the lead soldier, Hartley has created a critical space between dumb object and dumb world wherein the former sets in relief the latter to glaring and gory effect. The act of reproducing here becomes an act yielding a sober and subtle war critique."
The Lucidic Element of War Toys: John Hartley
Charissa N. Terranova, Glasstire, May 20, 2007