Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is committed to the presentation of contemporary art and related cultural practices. The Inc. facilitates a national dialogue surrounding issues in contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, performances, education and outreach projects. The Inc. actively engages in community arts programming and educational initiatives that represent the cultural life in our city and beyond.
After the Hunt
August 31 – October 28
Opening Reception and Artist Book Launch: August 31, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
SUPERCRAWL (extended gallery hours): September 8 – 10
Dinner in Conversation: October 5
Free Art Bus in Partnership with Canadian Craft Biennial, Craft Ontario and the Art Gallery of Burlington: October 7
Artist Talk: October 7 (presented by Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Canadian Craft Biennial)
Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present After the Hunt, a life-size sculptural tableau by Montreal based artist, Emily Jan. Combining elements from 17th century Dutch post-hunt still lifes with their contemporary genres of bloemetje (floral), banketje (banquet), ontbijtje (little breakfast) and vanitas genres into one sprawling sculptural staging, the installation comments upon the excesses of modern society both materially, through accretion of labour and matter; and conceptually, by referencing the colonial violence attached to the “embarrassment of riches” for which the Dutch Golden Age was known. Over the course of the exhibition, the installation will change subtly. Faux fruits and fabricated animals will remain constant, whereas real fruits and flowers wilt and decay providing a glimpse into the aftermath of this celebration of excess. Rather than a celebration, we are confronted with the remnants. Rather than the potential of death, audiences are asked to consider the conceptual implications of this literal representation. From a contemporary standpoint, found objects, discarded in local thrift stores are incorporated into the installation and allude to the sheer excess of late modernity’s runaway production and consumption. Simultaneously, the laboriously hand-fabricated objects which serve as the backbone of the piece, seduce the viewer with their tactile richness, and the visible investment of time and old-fashioned mastery, just as the Dutch still lifes seduced with their luxurious surface and detail.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a critical essay by Janna Hiemstra
Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer. Originally hailing from Northern California, Jan has traveled to 34 countries and lived in four, including South Africa and Mexico. Her biophilic sculptures and installations combine everyday found objects with meticulously worked raw materials to evoke the faraway and the fantastical. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity. Jan holds an MFA from Concordia University (2014), a BA with Honours from Brown University (2000), and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts (2009).
Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to acknowledge its organizational partners: Canadian Craft Biennial, Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario. This exhibition and related public programming was made possible through project funding by the Canada Council for the Arts and the ongoing support of our funders.