Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking

Each Spring, Hamiltonian Gallery culminates its year of exhibitions by selecting an established artist to curate a group show that will include all of the Hamiltonian Fellows.  This year, we are honored to have Zoë Charlton.  Known for her figurative drawings and videos, Zoë Charlton mentored all ten Hamiltonian Fellows to create a compelling, collaborative exhibition.

Hamiltonian Gallery is proud to present, Fellows Converge:  Broadly Thinking.

As written by Zoë Charlton:

In developing the exhibition Broadly Thinking with this group of Hamiltonian Fellows, I was interested in considering the networks that can support our practice as artists outside the comfort zone of art school.  When there is so much pressure placed on originality, how can we cultivate an environment that encourages emerging artists to critically engage with their peers?

Inviting each artist to investigate the work of two other Fellows was not about encouraging superficial connections in style or the adoption of someone else’s medium. Instead, the exercise involved a process of self-assessment and comparative analysis that made it possible for the artists to appreciate each other’s struggles with materials and ideas and to understandhow resistance and acceptance affect the outcome of their own art-making.

As written by Hamiltonian Fellow, Magnolia Laurie:

In looking for a link between Ryan Hoover’s and Jessica van Brakle’s work, I kept thinking about a sort of distancing that happens.  What you see is not necessarily the content behind the work, but rather a sort of façade which contains or obliterates. That façade, in some ways, also functions as the content.  Within my own work, I had already been thinking that I needed to challenge and question my more familiar sense of composition and to expand upon the aesthetics of the mark.  So I started to work with the idea that aesthetics can function as a sort of barrier.

 

This exhibition will run from June 25 – August 6, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 25th, from 7 – 9pm.

Please join us for a panel discussion with the artists on Wednesday, July 13th, at 7:00 pm.