Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5 from 7pm to 9pm
Join Hamiltonian Gallery on November 5 from 7-9 pm for the opening reception of our annual group exhibition in which the Hamiltonian Fellows create new work with a prompt from an invited guest curator. The artists and the curator will be in attendance.
This year’s encounter, titled [recombinant] fellows: RA, is curated by Camilo Álvarez of Samsøñ, a gallery and artist residency in Boston, MA. Samsøñ creates and presents programs that explore the diversity of cultures and voices that continually shape contemporary art and ideas today, introducing emerging and under-recognized artists as well as re-contextualizing established artists.
[recombinant] fellows: RA is the result of a trip to Boston in which the Hamiltonian Fellows were challenged to consider the viewer’s experience as observed within the “laboratory” of varied contexts including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s public art collection and List Visual Art Center. The resulting exhibition is the product of their consideration of audience engagement.
Eight isolates collected in the region were analyzed using available ontological sources and molecular typing assays. Surprisingly, despite the fact that all isolates except one, which was a mix in(af)fection, were typed as belonging to the strain in-on-(in)dependent molecular assays, all of them re(d)acted with both specific and non-specific monoclonal bodies. Partial sequence analysis on fo(u)r isolates demonstrated that, irrespective of their reactivity towards a and in specific monoclonal body, they were all closely related to a and the recombinant isolate. All isolates for/in which the relevant sequence was obtained showed the same recombination event as in the, around position. Complete sequencing did not provide evidence for additional recombination events in its evolutionary history. Taken together, these results indicate(d) that a group of closely related isolate-s characterized by a unique recombination prevalent under field conditions in the region. Similar to the situation with the strain, we propose that these isolates represent a novel st(r)ain, for which the name, relative assertion [RA], is proposed. Given that isolates cannot be identified by currently available typing techniques; it is possible that their presence has been overlooked in other situations. Further efforts and information allow a precise description of their prevalence and of their geographical distribution here and, possibly, in (an)other are(n)as. The full and precise message is only attainable through an energetic diversive sampling.
– Camilo Álvarez (10.16)
Nancy Daly (b. 1985, Fulda, Germany) is a DC-based artist whose videos, installations, and sculptures examine how the development of the online social world affects identity and social behaviors. Daly received an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD).
Jim Leach (b. 1988, Cleveland, OH) is a Cleveland-based sculptor whose work challenges art historical norms while blurring the concept of artistic value and cultural worth. He received an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) in 2014.
Christie Neptune (b. 1986, Brooklyn, NY) works primarily with film, photography, and mixed media to create provocative images which challenge the limits of self within the collective world. She received a B.A. from Fordham University (Bronx, NY).
Nara Park (b. 1985, Seoul, Korea) received an M.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD). She is a DC-based artist who creates sculptures and installations that imitate the natural environment and reflect on our human mortality.
Dan Perkins (b. 1988, Philadelphia, PA), based in Brooklyn, NY, draws imagery and motifs from 19th century romantic landscapes to challenge spatial logic and explore the sublime in a technology-saturated era. He received a M.F.A. from American University (Washington, DC).
Allison Spence (b. 1986, Fort Lauderdale, FL) received an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She utilizes painting, mixed media, writing, and performance to investigate notions of collapse and compression within forms, bodies, and ideas in nature and society.
Kyle Tata (b. 1990, Baltimore, MD) addresses history, urbanism, and architecture through photography, artist books, and other printed matter, as well as writing for numerous national blogs. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Naoko Wowsugi (b. 1980, Aichi, Japan) is a DC based artist who received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Her playful community engaged practice engages our perception of the quotidian and encourages a reciprocal exchange.
Camilo Álvarez (b. 1976, New York, NY) was born to Dominican parents and lived in Santo Domingo for 7 years. He received a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). He has worked, among other places, at Exit Art (NY, NY), Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY), MITís List Visual Art Center (Cambridge, MA) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (NY, NY & Skowhegan, ME). He opened Samsøñ in 2004.
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