Nancy Daly + Kyle Bauer

Nancy Daly + Kyle Bauer


April 8 - May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 25, 7 pm
Game Night: Thursday, May 11, 7 pm

In her newest body of work, Nancy Daly gives a series of classic board games an existential twist. Titled "One Must Consider Them Happy", an adaptation of the last line from Albert Camus’s 1942 essay "The Myth of Sisyphus", Daly, with her characteristic dry wit, adapts popular board games that prompt players to find meaning in the enactment of absurd, endless tasks. Co-opting the design of popular board games such as “Risk”, “Life” and “Sorry”, the games address the pitfalls of contemporary life: the cyclical and relentless nature of social media, the (seemingly) futile pursuit of tenure-track academic positions and the fallacies inherent in the United States electoral system. In so doing, Daly uses a playful veneer to cushion a barbed social commentary, revealing uncomfortable and all-too-true realities about contemporary American life. Daly’s games can be played during two game-nights: Thursday, April 13 at 7 pm, and Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm. 

Kyle Bauer’s formally rigorous sculptures boast seductively attractive surfaces that alternately conceal or reveal their true nature: plywood and reclaimed objects are placed in seamless conversation with pristine pieces of slip cast porcelain, bright colors, and shiny, reflective surfaces. Bauer’s meticulously crafted pieces, evocative of both mid-century modern furniture and children’s toys via their contrasting textures and colors, captivate the viewer’s attention and brim with a sense of playful exuberance. Paradoxically, the sculptures control the viewer’s eye and command movement through visual cues in a manner akin to the fishing lures, baits, and traps from which they take their inspiration.

Nancy Daly (b. 1985, Fulda, Germany) is a DC-based artist whose videos, installations, and sculptures examine how the development of the online social world affects identity and social behaviors. She holds an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2011) and a BFA in Graphic Design from James Madison University. Daly has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including "Click Here", Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (2017); "[recombinant] fellows : RA", Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC (2016) and "Save As", Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC (2015). She lives and works in Washington, DC.

Kyle Bauer (b. 1985, Salem, Illinois) moved to Baltimore after earning his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2011. Since 2012, he has been the conservation technician of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Bauer was a 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize finalist, a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award recipient, and a finalist for the 2015 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Recent exhibitions include "Cardinal" at the Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE (2017), The Clay Studio National, Philadelphia, PA (2016) and "Fairway" at Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC (2015). Bauer has exhibited at the Walters Art Museum, Vox Populi, Flashpoint Gallery, Randall Scott Projects, McDaniel College, Arlington Art Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place. He lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

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Artist Talk: Wednesday March 15, 2017, 7 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery is pleased to present "A Place in Place of", a new exhibition of works by Aschely Vaughan Cone and Magali Hébert-Huot. "A Place in Place of" will open with a reception on Saturday, February 25 from 7 - 9 pm; both artists will be in attendance. "A Place in Place of" features large-scale abstract paintings and life-sized sculpture that carry echoes of stories lost to time. Taken together, the vibrant works weave a cryptic yet playful narrative that place the viewer in an interrogative role.

Artist Aschely Vaughan Cone’s monumental, gestural paintings employ a plethora of symbols - archways, shields, dotted lines and woven patterns - that shift in meaning and tone as they repeat throughout her compositions. Cone’s willingness to reveal the rawness of her work’s creation through her paint handling is contrasted with a tendency to suspend definitive meaning, thereby creating a viewing experience in which interpretation and material shift from canvas to canvas. 

Drawing from imagery associated with her French-Canadian heritage, Magali Hébert-Huot’s wax, rubber and stucco casts of axe handles and chopped wood approach the weight of remembering a proud history with a playful hand. Hébert-Huot’s use of unexpected, mass-produced materials and ostentatious colors stand in sharp contrast with the objects, which on their own carry associations with tales of struggle and survival in an unforgiving, brutal wilderness. In this way, Hébert-Huot’s sculptures serve as kitschy contemporary mnemonic devices: reminders of a unique ancestral history whose legacy grows increasingly distant with every passing generation.

Aschely Vaughan Cone (b. San Antonio, TX 1985) holds an MFA in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA (2012), and BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on philosophy and the classics from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD (2007). Cone was awarded residencies at The Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, the Chautauqua School of Art and the New York Studio School. She is also the recipient of The Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, which will allow her to travel to Indonesia to study Indonesian textiles and sacred architecture in 2017.

Originally from Québec City, Magali Hébert-Huot (b.Québec City, Canada, 1987) holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art - Rinehart School of Sculpture (2015) and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2012). She has exhibited work in “Fresh Paint / New Construction” at Art Mûr Gallery in Montréal (2012); (e)merge art fair, Washington DC (2014); Open Space in Baltimore, MD (2015) and as well as various exhibitions in Philadelphia and Québec City. She is the 2015 recipient of the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and received the RBS Bursary from The Royal British Society of Sculptors for the years 2016-2018.

Spitball: Welcome to H-Space

Spitball: Welcome to H-Space

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce the opening of H-Space, a new project from Paul So, founder and executive director of Hamiltonian, a unique gallery space and fellowship program focusing on mentorship, exhibition and professional development for emerging artists in Washington, DC. H-Space provides live/work units for three visual artists with an open-plan multi-use ground floor space.

We are excited to introduce Kristin Hatleberg, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, and Erik Moe as the inaugural H-Space artists in Spitball, defined as the act of throwing around ideas and referring to the collaborative conception of the exhibition by three artists working in diverse media, now forming the H-Space community. Each artist will exhibit their work individually and as part of a collaborative presentation connected both visually and via performative interventions occurring throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Spitball will run from March 1 - March 31. We hope you will join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, March 1 from 7-9 pm, with a performance at 7:30 pm.

Gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday, 12-6 pm or by appointment.

spitball: performance schedule

Kristin Hatleberg will perform movements and interventions to further evolve “Neighborhood” and the gallery space on: 
Saturday, March 4 @ 5 pm
Saturday, March 11 @ 5 pm

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann will continually evolve “Neighborhood” as Kristin responds to its growth and evolution.

Erik Moe will facilitate walks around the U Street neighborhood collecting artifacts and imagining a future utopia on these familiar streets:
Thursday, March 2 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 9 @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 11 @ 12 pm
Thursday, March 16 @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 12 pm
Thursday, March 30 @ 5:30 pm

PDSS: Taxes for Artists

PDSS: Taxes for Artists

Hamiltonian Professional Development Speaker Series presents:
TAXES FOR ARTISTS with Sunlight Tax Founder, Hannah Cole, ENROLLED AGENT
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm

Have you ever had these questions when preparing your taxes: What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio? 
Join us at Hamiltonian Gallery for a tax workshop geared toward artists and creatives lead by visual artist and enrolled agent, Hannah Cole. Hannah will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically related to artists, followed by a Q&A.

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She is the founder of Sunlight Tax.

Nakeya Brown + Christine Neptune

Nakeya Brown + Christine Neptune


January 14 - February 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday January 14, 7-8 pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, February 7, 7 pm

Through arranged still-life photographs and images culled from her family photo archive, Nakeya Brown's "Some Assembly Required" constructs a narrative that finds parallels between the politics of identity, labor and womanhood. In "Some Assembly Required", Brown isolates vintage mass-produced personal effects, meditating on their packaging and the nature of their production,  and contrasts them with family snapshots of her grandmother from the same era. In doing so, Brown displays the way which Black female subjectivity is instilled in activities and productions of labor. In "Some Assembly Required" Brown assembles a timeless and symbolic portrait of a complex Black woman who gracefully defied the societal constraints and limitations that were foisted upon her during her lifetime.

"Ms.______ (Interior)" is a followup to Christie Neptune's "Eye Of The Storm", a 3-part multimedia series that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. An Afrosurrealist installation that incorporates both photography and video,"Ms.______ (Interior)" allows viewers to contemplate the inner life of anonymous black females.  Through her slow-moving portraits, Neptune warps time and place, transporting viewers from the real world into a contemplative space that grants fleeting access into her protagonist's inaccessible psychological life.

Nakeya Brown (b. Santa Maria, CA, 1988)  holds an MFA in Photography from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and a BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). She has exhibited in solo and two-person exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI (2017); Paul Robeson Cultural Center, East Lansing, MI (2016) and Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). Brown has been featured in various online and publications including ARTS.BLACK, New York Mag, Saint Heron, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, NYLON, Hysteria and Elephant.

Christie Neptune (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1986) works primarily with film, photography, and mixed media to create provocative images which challenge the limits of self within the collective world. Neptune holds a BFA from Fordham University (New York, NY). Her films and photography have been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami Fl (2015) and UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY (2015), and she has featured in publications including The Creator's Project and Juxtapoze Magazine. Neptune will be a 2017 Artist In Marketplace (AIM) participant at the Bronx Museum of Arts, and she is a current Hamiltonian Fellow.