May 28 – August 27, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, May 27, 6-10pm
Calgary-based artist Jason de Haan has developed an interest in proposing and undertaking projects in which particular environments, natural conditions, and massive time scales complete, animate, and determine his multidisciplinary practice. The work most clearly deals with fleetingness, vulnerability, and the fragility of the natural world in a way that considers the limits of human perception and influence. The tangible traces of the monumental passage of time, like the interval it takes light from the most distant stars in our galaxy to reach earth – a staggering 3.8 billion years – or the polishing of a stone from thousands of years of touch, are evidence that we are merely a twinkle in a larger and longer conversation.
For de Haan, our ephemeral position within this epic dialogue offers a productive space to consider the difficulty of perceiving and describing distance, as well as the longing and nostalgia that this struggle evokes. The search for meaning and the act of creating to describe and generate understanding in this space is core to the artist’s research and subsequent projects. By deliberately placing his work into the evolutionary flow, de Haan attempts to reverse, adjust, and interrupt the course of time through sincere gestures that resonate with romance and poetry. We are asked to be attentive, patient, and open to following the artist’s propositions, especially when their logic seems precarious, or the promised transformation cannot be seen – at least not in our lifetime.
Jason de Haan (b. 1981) is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist working in installation, sculpture, video, drawing, collage, photography, and bookworks. This includes the exploration of uncertain and unexpected spaces, temporal flux, natural phenomena and systems, transmissions, and open timelines, with a focus upon the points at which the invisible and residual reveal their contingencies.
de Haan received an MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in 2015. Recent exhibitions have been held at De Fabriek, Eindhoven (2016); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2016); MASS MoCA, North Adams (2016); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (2014); Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (2014); Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (2014); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2012); and Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro (2012). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Scrap Metal, Toronto (2014); Bond House Projects, London (2013); Oakville Galleries (2012); Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2011); MOLAF, Bergen (2011); and Kling & Bang Galleri, Reykjavik (2009). In 2012 de Haan was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, representing the Canadian Prairies and the North. His work has been reviewed in Canadian Art, Art in America, and Artforum. He is represented in Canada by Clint Roenisch Gallery.