October 23 – November 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
w/ the artist in attendance
Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Admission to the exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.
Artcite Inc., Windsor’s Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts is pleased to present “AFTER THE HUNT”, an installation by Montréal-based artist Emily Jan.
Emily Jan creates large-scale installations populated by hand-made, hyperreal animals. As source material, Jan takes narratives lurking within the collective imagination of the West and re-envisions them, layering references from high culture with low culture, science with mythology, and history with current affairs. Thus these experiential dioramas draw upon her eclectic knowledge of biology, anthropology, art history, archaic lore, and traditional craft. Her work ultimately strives to weave all these strands into a larger narrative about what it means to be a human living in a world roiling with turmoil and catastrophe but yet which is still mysterious and beautiful.
“AFTER THE HUNT / BEFORE THE FALL” is a pair of installations which look to art history and natural history respectively. “AFTER THE HUNT” is a sprawling, life-sized tableau based upon the visual language of 17th century Dutch still-life painting. It comments upon the “embarrassment of riches” for which the Dutch Golden Age was known, and which echoes our own time. “BEFORE THE FALL” is a diorama-like installation centred around the quagga, an extinct subspecies of South African zebra, which researchers have recently attempted to “breed back.”
The artist’s recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Futur Folklore at the M.A.I. (Montréal), You Maniacs You Blew It Up! at PDA Projects (Ottawa), and falling through the mirror at Latitude 53 (Edmonton) and the FoFA Gallery (Montréal). She is a M.A.I. Mentorship Grant awardee for 2014-2015 and a Clipperton Project residency awardee for 2015. In 2011, she was recognized with an award at the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art (WTA – Aire). Upcoming exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Union Gallery, Kingston, and Artcite, Windsor. Jan holds an MFA from Concordia University (2014), a BA with Honours from Brown University (2000), and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts (2009). In 2011, Emily Jan received a prestigious distinction at the sixth International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art.