Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Hanna, Maeve, Sculpture


jason de Haan

Esker Foundation

The artistic practice of Calgary-based Jason de Haan eludes categorization. His work inhabits an in-between space, a space of antidefinition. His recent exhibition, "Oh for eyes! At night we dream of eyes!" spoke to an interest in exploring non-hierarchical formations of objects. Wandering through the show, pondering, viewers first encountered clusters of crystals apparently growing from speakers. Placed in a large circle, the speakers emitted specific frequencies, vibrating at a distinct thrum. In an adjacent room, a 3D-printed female figure was caught mid-arabesque, delicately sheathed in a layer of salt that covered her face and slithered down her back. In the next gallery, an abundance of ultrasonic humidifiers-oblong and squat, some refined, others made from recycled and found materials-continuously bathed a collection of fossils with a fine mist. Sets of facing mirrors set in metal frames were arranged in a corridor. In each pair (from the ongoing series "Spirits Looking at Themselves"), one mirror is thought to be haunted by ghosts, while the other remains untouched and offers a portal of escape.

"Oh for eyes!" offered a veritable Wunderkammer for the modern age. de Haan has a clear interest in exploring process over end result while still paying attention to objects and materiality. In the catalogue for his exhibition "Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly" (2014), he writes, "I am most interested. …

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