Posts tagged 2019
Hamiltonian Gallery Presents Patrick Harkin Harvester’s Dilemma

The exhibition delves into the depths of the photography and its broader social, ideological, environmental implications. Harkin’s artistic process is in a way a feedback loop: he creates images that create and *demonstrate a new relationship with our perception and our things. He confronts the underlying mechanisms of control, which hide so well within the contemporary photographic apparatus. To let the demon work through the images and infrastructures we have, to possess them, to haunt them, to reverse them and to heal.

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In the Galleries: Patrick Harkin's Harvester's Dilemma

the gallery is nearly dark, illuminated mostly by a screen that displays white-on-black video and two industrial lights. Motorized winches propel the caged bulbs into and out of oil drums, a journey accompanied by buzzing, throbbing noises. These clash with burbling nature sounds from the photographically reversed video, in which an iguana navigates a bamboo stalk.

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Hamiltonian Gallery Presents Kaitlin Jencso Looking Glass and Sera Boeno Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough)

Using her native Turkey as inspiration, the focal point of Boeno’s exhibition is a sculptural installation adapted from the altar of Pergamon, a masterpiece of Hellenistic architecture excavated from Bergama in the Ottoman Empire (Izmir in current day Turkey) and currently held by the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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In the galleries: A virtual visit to Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye by Mark Jenkins

Because their principal components are video projections, Rachel Schmidt’s landscape installations are essentially illusory. Yet they wouldn’t exist without the actual places, including Panama and Taiwan, where the local artist has had residencies. Her latest such sojourn was in Scotland, which Schmidt has brought back with her — virtually — in the form of “Cairn Sounds,” now planted in a darkened Hamiltonian Gallery.

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Cairn Sounds Answers the Question: Why Do We So Badly Want to Be Remembered? by Eames Armstrong

Since prehistory, humans have had a tendency to mark and remake the landscape. One such ancient way is a cairn, an intentional pile of stones often assembled, among other reasons, for wayfinding or to commemorate a loss.

At Hamiltonian Gallery, Rachel Schmidt’s Cairn Sounds is comprised of five interrelated sound and video installations, made in collaboration with musician om.era.kev. The exhibition pieces together a landscape that’s locationally distinct but uncanny: clouded sky; rocks rearing through grass and heather moor; sheep idling around, and the occasional patch of obfuscating glitch.

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