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are you experienced?


Nadia Belerique, Jessica Eaton, Olafur Eliasson, Dorian FitzGerald, Hadley+Maxwell, Do Ho Suh


Curated by Melissa Bennett

The AGH strikes out into our next century with a massive contemporary art exhibition. Bringing together artists from across the globe, the show offers works that appeal to the senses, making a point that an engagement with art can sometimes occur more readily if one does not have preconceived notions of what it should be. In this exhibition, experience creates meaning.

are you experienced? is made up of spectacular installations by six internationally renowned artists: Nadia Belerique, Jessica Eaton, Olafur Eliasson, Dorian FitzGerald, Hadley+Maxwell and Do Ho Suh. Works have been commissioned, made site-specific, and fill large rooms floor-to-ceiling in this sprawling display. The work of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is pioneering, driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self; his work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Venice Biennale, among many others. Eliasson and the other exhibition artists strive to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large.

Through immersive and interactive installations, photography, video, painting, sculpture and sound art, the artists engage viewers and invite participation. Familiar objects and images are presented in new contexts, suggesting alternative modes of understanding. The artworks appeal to the viewer’s psychological and intuitive senses, or memory, with the goal of promoting visual and aural awareness and engagement.

This exhibition is made possible through the international loan of artworks, and never-before-seen works in private collections. It is curated by Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art. A fully illustrated 192-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with essays by AGH Curator of Contemporary Art Melissa Bennett and invited scholars: Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick, Sally McKay, Gabrielle Moser, Alana Traficante, as well as artist interviews. Published by Black Dog Publishing, London UK.

Dorian Fitzgerald will be giving an artist talk as part of the group exhibition “are you experienced?” at the Gallery on October 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Image credit: Hadley+Maxwell | When That was This (detail), 2015 | cinefoil, steel, magnets, 6-channel sound, LED light-programming, dimensions variable, 20:30 | Installation view, are you experienced?, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada 26 June 2015 – 03 January 2016 | photo by Mike Lalich



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