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Junior Independent Visiting Critic James Rieck // Opening Reception

Uncategorized — faculty @ 2:26 pm, Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


Hamiltonian Gallery is pleased to present This Land is Your Land and Beacon Puritanus, an exhibition of new works by James Rieck, Chad Yencer and Hamiltonian Fellow, Jon Bobby Benjamin. Through meticulous installation, painting and sculpture, each artist muses on America – her landscape forms the mise-en-scène and her history becomes the lead.


In This Land is Your Land, James Rieck confronts the grand genre of history painting in his seven works, all comprised of two cropped female figures dressed in alluring costumes of American icons, who frame a poignant history painting, which becomes the backdrop behind them. As highfalutin’ as a 4th of July parade, this linear series is assembled in seven acts, each painting depicting periods in American history in which lands were conquered and a subsequent shift in power occurred.


Chad Yencer quite literally takes on the petite genre in his twenty matchboxes, which, when opened, reveal tiny, ambitious landscape paintings, all sourced from snapshots of Yencer’s personal history and travels through the American Mid-West. The mundane and commercially produced matchbox preserves moments of escape into the sublime, and through this juxtaposition of high and low, the banal and the significant are bridged.


Beacon Puritanus delves into the roots of American cultural values in a two-part installation by Jon Bobby Benjamin. Benjamin intertwines imagery from Puritan New England, mid-20th century suburban development and contemporary post-industrial decay, and binds them all with the concept of American Exceptionalism. A large, wooden cargo ship carrying modular, little plaster houses through a sea of black ash, approaches the wooden shoreline of a community of sunken, abandoned structures. By isolating only the landscape and architecture, this installation tells the tale of a defunct society and mirrors the failed Puritan experiment that took place only a few centuries ago.


This exhibition will run from September 19 – October 31, 2009, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 19, 2009, from 7 – 9pm.


Reminder: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 7:00 pm | Hamiltonian Gallery

Join us for an Artist Talk with Ken Fandell, currently exhibiting at Hamiltonian Gallery in the show “Almost Surely, Almost Everywhere”

The Infinite to the Proximate: Infinity, Time, Space, Technology, Significance, Subjectivity, Interpersonal Relations, Bodily Functions, and My Work.

A lecture looking briefly at the problems and potentials of infinity (philosophical and mathematical), ways to define and destroy time and space, technology’s connection with all that, determining significance and it’s relationship to subjectivity, problems with communication and other people, what we do with piss and shit and why, and my work.

The last day to view “Almost Surely, Almost Everywhere,” an exhibition including the works of Echo Eggebrecht, Ken Fandell, Mike Iacovone and Billy Friebele, is this Saturday, September 12, 2009.

Please RSVP for the lecture to jackie@hamiltoniangallery.com

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