Long-Sharp Gallery devotes its EXPO Chicago debut to a solo-artist presentation of works by Ann Hamilton. Hamilton is no stranger to Chicago. She served as the Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016-2017; her work, THE EQUAL AND INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF ALL (2017) published by Gemini G.E.L., is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; and she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.
Hamilton is likely best known for her large-scale, site-specific installations, public projects, and performance art. Often working between large architectures and what she calls “lap scaled” work, on view at EXPO Chicago will be approximately three dozen of Hamilton’s prints and unique smaller scale works, presented by Long-Sharp Gallery in partnership with Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl (New York) and Hamilton’s studio (Ohio).
Hamilton began her foray into printmaking eighteen years ago by collaborating with California powerhouse Gemini G.E.L. Since then, Hamilton has linked the practice of printmaking and the materialization of images. The works on offer at EXPO Chicago span Hamilton’s decade and a half with Gemini. They include an example of her first print, wreathe, alongside her most recent trilogy of text-based works, which includes an impression from the edition in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Also on view will be unique pieces from three series of works that involve books and book pages (Pages, book blocks, and carriage). About the use of books in her compositions, Hamilton has remarked:
The time we spend in words is enormous. At any moment we might be speaking, reading, writing or listening to and with words… Writing is one of the central ways culture makes and records itself. For me, textiles is another. They are two sides of the same cloth. What I love in the experience of reading is being immersed, the falling into the fold between two pages, the being completely in the `somewhere else’ that is the book. The ability to simultaneously be both here and far away, to be both inside and outside parallels the condition of being a body. So it is on surprise that the book is a central artifact of culture.
Long-Sharp Gallery (Indianapolis/New York) exhibits at a number of fine art fairs, most recently Masterpiece London and the Seattle Art Fair. This marks the gallery’s first single artist presentation. Ann Hamilton’s work may be viewed at EXPO Chicago, Long-Sharp Gallery, Booth 440, September 27-30, 2018.