Hamiltonian Presents Nara Park and Dane Winkler

By East City Art Editorial Team on February 15, 2016

Sat, February 20 2016 — Sun, March 20 2016

Photo courtesy of Hamiltonian.
Photo courtesy of Hamiltonian.


Opening Reception: Saturday, February 20 from 7pm to 9pm


Artist Talk:Wednesday, March 9 at 7pm

Hamiltonian is pleased to present two new bodies of work by artists Nara Park and Dane Winkler. The exhibitions will run concurrently from February 20 – March 26, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 20 from 7-9pm and an artist talk on Wednesday, March 9 at 7pm.

In Nara Park’s latest site-specific installation Between Millions of Years, the artist stacks and arranges clear plastic boxes to create a dizzying analog of monumental stone gorges. Inspired by her travels in West Australia’s Karijiny National Park where towering layers of rock stand testament to millions of years of shifting geologies, Park translates these natural forms into a modular ravine straddling mass-production and aesthetic re-interpretation. Coupled with a selection of new sculptural wall pieces, Park questions and undermines the assumed permanence of natural resources to nuance our understandings of temporality, mortality, and authenticity.

Dane Winkler activates Hamiltonian’s back gallery with a host of new sculptural work that approximates a dystopic farmyard in Homesteading. Across this installation, Winkler contrasts heavy industrial machinery with straw, sheep’s wool, and mud in three sculptures that imply self-sufficiency, survival, and the fulfillment of one’s most basic needs. At the same time, Winkler’s contextualization of pastoral materials within the white cube gallery space foregrounds moral issues of subsistence amid our urban and cosmopolitan surroundings.

Nara Park is a graduate of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Park has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (2015); Studio 114, Honolulu, HI (2015); Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC (2014); the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (2014); and Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (2013).

Dane Winkler is an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. His work has been featured in various group and solo exhibitions including an upcoming solo-exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (2016) and previous shows at the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA (2015); the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY (2014); and Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2013). In addition to maintaining an art practice, Winkler plays drums in the New York-based rock band Lovesick Nomads.

Contact Gallery Director Amanda Jirón-Murphy with all press inquiries and image requests: amanda@hamiltoniangallery.com.

Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U Street NW. For more information visit www.hamiltonianartists.org.