Everywhere ghostly is nowhere bodily

Jason de Haan
Curated by Crystal Mowry
September 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015


Jason de Haan, Salt Beard (Mercury), 2010, salt on found marble bust, steel and rust, 180 x 67 x 52 cm. Private collection.

The work of Jason de Haan offers poetic ruminations on the passage of time grounded in materiality. Whether it be through the cultivation of mineral growths on found statuary as seen in his Salt Beards (2009-13) or the melting down and reshaping of currently active global coin currency in Cannon Ball (2012), de Haan's practice is one in which transformation is central. Such interventions may be radical or barely perceptible, often inviting us to see his objects as part of a larger constellation of myths and literary narratives. Stasis is juxtaposed with the living in a series of poignant couplings, reminding us that meaning is something that accrues and alters with the passage of time.

Jason de Haan is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist, he earned is BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006, and recently completed an MFA at Bard College in upstate New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (2014); Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (2014); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2012); Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro (2012); with Miruna Dragan at The Khyber, Halifax (2011); ODD Gallery, Dawson City (2010) and Access Gallery, Vancouver (2010). His work has been presented in group exhibitions at The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2014); Oakville Galleries (2012); with Miruna Dragan at 98 Weeks Research Project at the Thessaloniki Biennale (2011); Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2011); MOLAF, Bergen (2011); Art Gallery of Alberta (2010 & 2013); OK Quoi?, Sackville (2010) and Galleri Kling & Bang, Reykjavik (2009). De Haan participated in the Arctic Circle 2012 residency and the residency "The Soiree Retreat: A bit of a Chekhovian Situation" at The Banff Centre (2011). His work will be presented in exhibitions at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina in 2014; and at MASS MoCA, North Adams in 2015. In 2012 de Haan was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award representing the Prairies and the North. He is represented in Canada by Clint Roenisch Gallery.

Everywhere Ghostly is Nowhere Bodily is accompanied by a publication produced in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery through the generous financial support of the Royal Bank of Canada.


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