Elena Volkova, Proofs
Renee Van Der Stelt, Recordings

Hamiltonian Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition in two parts: Elena Volkova, Proofs; and Renee Van Der Stelt, Recordings. Both artists employ site-specificity in their practices by utilizing a given environment to shape the outcome of their work. By analyzing the nature of perception, Volkova has shown light on the viewer while Van Der Stelt has given us beautiful images of nature that illicit a poetic sense of time and space.

With her new series titled “Proofs,” Elena Volkova has illustrated the act of perceiving through site-specific photographic installations.  In these installations, Volkova has placed us somewhere in-between the physical space of the art gallery and our own perceived vision of space by drawing attention to “liminal space”, or space in a state of becoming. Through these skewed visions of the banal, Volkova gives us the opportunity to refresh our vision of that which we don’t see, that which is right in front of our eyes.

Volkova explains, “I would like to question the viewer’s perception of real and imaginary space, as well as invite the viewer to contemplate the surrounding and become aware of mundane and often overlooked details of the environment”. 

Renee Van Der Stelt has developed what she calls “Recordings” or site drawings by capturing the physical fugitive traces in the landscape such as rotting bark, rain and wind. Van Der Stelt has created an index of her natural landscape by using various elements within that environment as implements for drawing. Evidence of pollen, grass, trees, and algae can be found on her paper, leaving behind analog representations of ephemeral instances.

Proofs by Elena Volkova and Recordings by Renee Van Der Stelt will be on view from November 6 – December 4, 2010, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 6th, from 7-9pm. Please join us!