Ann Hamilton : Soundings
Oct 1 – Nov 22, 2008
Robischon Gallery is pleased to present "soundings," a unique exhibition of sculpture, photography, prints and video by internationally-acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton. This exhibition expands upon Hamilton's works from the Robischon Gallery exhibition entitled "Dialog: Denver" and the artist's participatory choral piece from "Dialog: City: An Event Converging Art, Democracy and Digital Media" hosted in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. For "soundings," the previous offerings of phora · spinning sousaphone and O are revisited along with Hamilton's independent objects and works in other various mediums.
As a provocative and influential voice in contemporary art for over three decades, Ann Hamilton creates environments and objects that are sensory and intellectual explorations that examine time, language and memory. Recognized for creating new possibilities within the visual arts, integrates diverse art forms which further expand our collective vocabulary. Since the 1980s, her sensorial installations have often utilized organic material, evocative sound, video and an aspect of performance. Hamilton's unique tactile sensibilities, when combined with recurring elements including tables or text, suggest material histories all the while presenting an expression of the body "marking time." Often referencing her site-generated, process-oriented installations and collaborative performances, Hamilton notes that her prints and objects "have their own resonance and consolidate the relationships that were part of a larger work." As in the spirit of her installations, Hamilton's objects address a kind of collective voicing or "choir" that speaks to the moment between the temporal and the fixed.
Ann Hamilton was trained in textile design at the University of Kansas and received an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 1985. Ann Hamilton's work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad, including major installations at La Maison Rouge, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The DIA Center, New York, The Tate Gallery, Liverpool and many more world-wide exhibitions.
Hamilton has been the recipient of some of the profession's highest honors, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award, the NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, the Aldrich Award and a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Most recently, she was honored as a winner of the coveted Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities. Hamilton has twice been selected to represent the US at major international contemporary art exhibitions including the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Sao Paolo Bienal in 1991. The artist has been the subject of numerous surveys and monographs and has been the guest artist on critically- recognized television series such as PBS'Art:21 and Charlie Rose.