Jen Hutton’s Surrealistic Snow-fort
August 7, 2008
Mimicking ice crystals, the yet untitled work features 5000 small hexagonal pieces assembled together with waxed and coloured paper. Hutton says there isn’t an overarching political or environmental statement with the work. She’s more interested in how unnatural structures get inserted in our landscape.
“I really wanted it to take up a lot of space in the gallery. I wanted it to be visually arresting when you enter into the gallery, but it’s so very delicate and lightweight and almost inconsequential in a way.”
Inspired by Robert Smithson’s idea of non-sites, Hutton is building on themes she approached in earlier work. Working with miniatures, she explored the idea of the overlooked microscopic world.
“I’m interested in searching out those particular moments where you have the opportunity to insert yourself into a space. Like the piece I’m working on now, physically you’ll be able to insert yourself to the piece, but there’s such a delicacy to the work there will be those opportunities for a better sense of the inward self.”
There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Thu August 7 from 7-11pm. Jen Hutton’s work will be on display Fri August 8-Sat September 20.
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