Clint Roenisch Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Jason De Haan titled “Eth Yrtannry Fo Istdance.”
The exhibition features a collection of the artist’s most recent works. The title of the exhibition, if closely observed, translates to “The Tyranny of Distance.”
Jason De Haan is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Calgary. His work has been shown in group exhibitions in Canada, the US, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Iceland and the UK. The artist says his work concerns itself with the conceptual, poetic and absurd, often manifesting itself as a combination in the forms of sculpture, installation, performance, drawing and bookworks. His projects, he says, always maintain a desire to achieve the positive. His first exhibition with Clint Roenisch, “Like Dust” (2009) brought together nine new works on paper, four sculptural works and an editioned set of photographs. These works, made of crystals, salt, marble, wood, metal, foil, “speculatively haunted” mirrors and brick, collectively suggested, often through slight gestures, various situations relating to time and material. Among other possibilities the exhibition proposed gazing into the grave plot directly above that of Marilyn Monroe’s; the containment of the Northern Lights; an energy generator composed of several dozen small selenite obelisks; and activity in outer space. Also notable was a new large work from the “Salt Beard” series which de Haan had previously built in Mexico and Iceland. These are mineral growths that are deposited onto the busts of various figures, based partly on the story of Rip van Winkle — the fictitious man who fell asleep under a tree for a number of years and awoke to an unfamiliar world. The “Salt Beards” seek to reanimate material, persona and style, allowing the sculpture to exist again as new while looking both forward and backward through time.
“Like Dust” is relative in one form or another to each individual work in the show, alluding to what, where and when we are, relative to the natural, the historical, the yet-to-happen and even to metaphysical realities. Jason De Haan was also included in “Timeland: 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art,” curated by Richard Rhodes, at Edmonton Art Gallery.
The exhibition will be on view through July 28, 2018, at Clint Roenisch Gallery, 190 St Helens Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 4A2, Canada.
For details visit: http://clintroenisch.com
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin