Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25 from 7pm to 9pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm
Hamiltonian Gallery is please to present A Place in Place of, a new exhibition of works by Aschely Vaughan Cone and Magali Hébert-Huot. A Place in Place of will open with a reception on Saturday, February 25 from 7 – 9 pm; both artists will be in attendance. A Place in Place of features large-scale abstract paintings and life-sized sculpture that carry echoes of stories lost to time. Taken together, the vibrant works weave a cryptic yet playful narrative that place the viewer in an interrogative role.
Artist Aschely Vaughan Cone’s monumental, gestural paintings employ a plethora of symbols – archways, shields, dotted lines and woven patterns – that shift in meaning and tone as they repeat throughout her compositions. Cone’s willingness to reveal the rawness of her work’s creation through her paint handling is contrasted with a tendency to suspend definitive meaning, thereby creating a viewing experience in which interpretation and material shift from canvas to canvas.
Drawing from imagery associated with her French-Canadian heritage, Magali Hébert-Huot’s wax, rubber and stucco casts of axe handles and chopped wood approach the weight of remembering a proud history with a playful hand. Hébert-Huot’s use of unexpected, mass-produced materials and ostentatious colors stand in sharp contrast with the objects, which on their own carry associations with tales of struggle and survival in an unforgiving, brutal wilderness. In this way, Hébert-Huot’s sculptures serve as kitschy contemporary mnemonic devices: reminders of a unique ancestral history whose legacy grows increasingly distant with every passing generation.
Aschely Vaughan Cone (b. San Antonio, TX 1985) holds an MFA in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA (2012), and BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on philosophy and the classics from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD (2007). Cone was awarded residencies at The Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, the Chautauqua School of Art and the New York Studio School. She is also the recipient of The Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, which will allow her to travel to Indonesia to study Indonesian textiles and sacred architecture.
Originally from Québec City, Magali Hébert-Huot (b.Québec City, Canada, 1987) holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art – Rinehart School of Sculpture (2015) and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2012). She has exhibited work in “Fresh Paint / New Construction” at Art Mûr Gallery in Montréal (2012); (e)merge art fair, Washington DC (2014); Open Space in Baltimore, MD (2015) and as well as various exhibitions in Philadelphia and Québec City. She is the 2015 recipient of the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and received the RBS Bursary from The Royal British Society of Sculptors for the years 2016-2018.
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