Hamiltonian Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions by Hamiltonian Fellows: Joyce Y-J Lee, Passages – photography and video installations; Matthew Mann, Buddy Pictures – painting.

Both artists, trained as painters, each lay forward new bodies of work that continue to explore the tropes of Renaissance painting applied to their own contemporary narrative. Although stylistically distinct, Lee and Mann both convey imaginary dimensions of space to metaphor the human condition.

Matthew Mann’s assemblages of paintings, Buddy Pictures, is a refreshing analysis of painting as a method of storytelling. Mann’s paintings depict scenes fraught with allegory of archetypal cowboys and vivid yet geographically impossible landscapes. All of these components create displaced histories that visually coalesce to form a more realistic mapping of the imagination and our memory. Throughout Mann’s paintings, references of Washington, DC merge with snippets of biblical symbols and historical anecdotes. Mann collapses compositional perspectives throughout each landscape to offer the viewer new angles that influence our imagination.

In Passages, the second installment of the Travelogue series, Joyce Y-J Lee presents a collection of photographic digital prints and video projections that convey the theatrical nature of light which she documented during her recent travels to The Great Wall of China and the 2011 Venice Biennale. While traveling, Lee often noticed distinct geometric light forms that illuminated flat surfaces. Lee equates these light-filled patterns to evanescent portals to imaginary dimensions of space. On her travels, Lee oftentimes contemplated the feeling of placeless-ness. Joyce Y-J Lee gained from this journey that light is a universal medium through which we see. It informs our identity and sense of place. The theory of phenomenology underpins Lee’s intention behind her work and operates within the immersive environment she has created.

Lee has given a beginning, middle and end to moments collected from disparate points around the world and through animate video projections and photography, she combines those moments into one single installation.

This exhibition will run from February 11 – March 10, 2012, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 11, 2012, 7 – 9 pm. Please join us for an artist talk with Matthew Mann and Joyce Y-J Lee on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 7:00 pm.Please contact Gallery Director, Jacqueline Ionita – jackie@hamiltoniangallery.comfor all inquiries and additional images.