Kara Hamilton | Curtain Wall Plaque
2016 | Steel and patina | 11 x 8.5" | Courtesy of Cooper Cole Gallery and the artist
Etched with the following text: “Curtain / But when in doubt, she wrote, blame the window for the view / from Prop Tragedies by Jennifer Krasinski” this rough, weather hewn metal nameplate gives clues to its former life as part of Hamilton’s site-specific work Curtain Wall, 2017, commissioned for STAGES: Drawing the Curtain (August–September 2017). The raw materiality and remnant status of TITLE offers a nostalgic reminder of the large sculp- tural form it once graced, while also being a decisive example of Hamilton’s interest in, and commitment to the performative nature of materials.
Hamilton’s work integrates objects and ‘useless’, leftover or discarded materials including brass, marble, and glass. Building prototypes that actively respond to their context, or props, Hamilton’s exhibitions have been described as dioramic in structure, allowing viewers to move through the work, transformed into supporting characters to the objects that lead. Hamilton received her Bachelor in Architecture from the University of British Colombia, and her MFA in sculpture from Yale. She has shown extensively in North America and Europe at venues including Salon 94, New York; EFA Project Space, New York; Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Kunstverein Amsterdam; Taut and Tame, Berlin; G Gallery, Toronto; and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto. She is represented by Salon 94 and Cooper Cole Gallery. Hamilton is co-director Kunstverein Toronto.This work was donated to Plug In ICA's 2017 Gala and Art Auction, proceeds from the sale of this piece support our artistic and educational programming.
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