Ann Hamilton is a visual artist whose practice centers in the metaphorical structures and material processes of textiles and takes form as large-scale site-responsive installations, performance collaborations, print media, and public projects. Inspired by histories and geographies of place, the work’s multiple forms often juxtapose expressions of language and tactile materiality to explore relationships between the individual and the collective, the animate and inanimate, the human and non-human animal, the silent and the spoken. Whether comprised of a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, the qualities of these spaces, objects, and their atmospheres evoke an awareness of the site and the scale of the body to ask how, in a technologically extended world, the literacies of the hand and embodied knowledge matter, and the possibility for cultivating attention in a hyper distracted world of information.
WORK IN THE EXHIBITION:
Ann Hamilton, Fly Free, 2017. Nylon flag, dimensions variable. Presented as part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance, 2017 - 2018. Courtesy the artist and Creative Time, New York. Photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli.