JASON DE HAAN

Bio.

Jason de Haan is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Calgary. His work has been shown in group exhibitions in Canada, the USA, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Iceland and the UK. He has written that his work concerns itself with the conceptual, poetic and absurd, often manifesting itself as a combination in the forms of sculpture, installation, performance, drawing and bookworks. His projects, he says, always maintain a desire to achieve the positive. His first exhibition with Clint Roenisch, “Like Dust” (2009) brought together nine new works on paper, four sculptural works and an editioned set of photographs. These works, made of crystals, salt, marble, wood, metal, foil, “speculatively haunted” mirrors and brick, collectively suggested, often through slight gestures, various situations relating to time and material. Among other possibilities the exhibition proposed gazing into the grave plot directly above that of Marilyn Monroe’s; the containment of the Northern Lights; an energy generator composed of several dozen small selenite obelisks; and activity in outer space. Also notable was a new large work from the Salt Beard series which de Haan had previously built in Mexico and Iceland. These are mineral growths that are deposited onto the busts of various figures, based partly on the story of Rip van Winkle — the fictitious man who fell asleep under a tree for a number of years and awoke to an unfamiliar world. The Salt Beards aim to re-animate material, persona and style, allowing the sculpture to exist again as new while looking both forward and backward through time. The title, Like Dust, is therefore relative in one form or another to each individual work in the show, alluding to what, where and when we are, relative to the natural, the historical, the yet-to-happen and even to metaphysical realities.

Jason de Haan was included in Timeland: 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Richard Rhodes, at the Edmonton Art Gallery. In 2009 de Haan produced THE END IS NEAR HERE IS NEAR THE END, a collaborative installation with Scott Rogers for Nuit Blanche 2009. By co-opting the familiar fatalist phrase “The End is Near” the artists wryly explored notions of apocalypse, suggesting that doomsday is not so much imminent as it is perpetually displaced in the vastness of the universe. De Haan was also included in Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada at Kling and Bang Galleri, Iceland (2009). Recent solo shows include Overcoming Problems Related to This Planet: Hope, Love, Peace, Healing, Generosity, Purpose, Harmony at Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton (2008) and Life After Doomsday at Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh (2008) and Where The Ocean Meets This Guy at Stride Gallery, Calgary (2007). De Haan is a member of the collective Unconstrained Growth Into the Void and, with Scott Rogers, is the co-founder of the curatorial initiative Pocket Projects.

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EDUCATION

2012-2015     MFA, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY.

2001-2006    BFA, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2014           

Nowhere Bodily is Every Where Ghostly, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Curated by Crystal Mowry.

Free And Easy Wanderer, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013           

Nowhere Bodily is Every Where Ghostly, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada. Curated by David Diviney.

2012           

Lonely Piper Piping, during the Arctic Circle 2012 residency, Svalbard, Norway & International waters.

The Wood and Wave Each Other Know, with Miruna Dragan, Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico.

Nowhere Bodily is Every Where Ghostly, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada. Curated by Ryan Doherty.

  Year Zero, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

2011           

Zeus at Olympus, Mar Agat, Beirut, Lebanon.

Future Future Age(s), Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 The Wood and Wave Each Other Know, with Miruna Dragan, Khyber ICA, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

2010           

Death Threat, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. (Publication).

 Like Dust, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Life After Doomsday, Access Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2009           

Barba de sal / Salt Beard, Regional Museum, Queretaro, Mexico.

 Nowhere Bodily is Everywhere Ghostly, Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico. Solo & collaborative projects with Miruna Dragan.

2008           

Life After Doomsday, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Overcoming Problems Related to This Planet, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

2007           

Where the Ocean Meets this Guy, Stride Gallery, Project Room, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Publication).

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2013

The News From Here, Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. (Curated by Nancy Tousley)

2012

The Sobey Art Award, Short List Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON.

Freedom of Assembly, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON. Curated by Matthew Hyland and Marnie Fleming.

Structure for Observing Atypical Flight, with Warren McLachlan & Kris Lindskoog, Corbin, BC.

 Passageways, Art Souterrain, Montreal, QC. Curated by Eve De Garie-Lamanque.

2011           

There is Still Nothing New Under the Sun, bookwork published by youandmebaby(.com).

98 weeks research project (Beirut) at the Thessalonniki Bienale, Greece. Bookwork.

100 Ages, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON, Canada. Curated by Candice Hopkins.

Sails, Cubes and Folds, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 MOLAF, Bergen, Norway. Curated by Chloe Lewis and Andrew Taggart.

Paleofuturity, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON. Curated by Michael Davidge.

2010           

OK, Quoi? Festival, United Church, Sackville, NB. Curated by Dave Dyment.

 Desert Islands, Pith Gallery, Calgary, AB. Curated by Scott Rogers.

 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. (Curated by Richard Rhodes, Catalogue)

2009           

Toronto International Art Fair, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, ON.

THEENDISNEARHEREISNEARTHEEND, with Scott Rogers, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 Sleepless Nights, Galleri Kling and Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland.

 If and When the Sun Goes Down, Galerie Werner Whitman, Montreal, QC.

2008           

Coaster & Pie Powder, Artcity Festival, Calgary, AB. (Catalogue)

Ideal Towers, Ideal Space, Calgary, AB.

Too Many Words, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

Overcoming Problems (with Kris Lindskoog), Posted3, Cork City, Ireland.

Two Steps Back, Interaccess, Toronto, ON. Curated by Sarah Todd.

2007           

Crystal Walk, Runway Magazine, Issue 9, Change. Sidney, Australia.

2006           

Labyrinth, Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba, Stockholm, Sweden.

Flow, TRUCK contemporary Art in Calgary, AB.

The Invisible Inc., Next Wave, Melbourne, Australia & Sydney, Australia.

AWARDS / GRANTS

2012

Sobey Art Award, Short List, Prairies and the North

Calgary 2012 Cultural Capital, Production Grant

Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Creative Development Initiative, Visual Art Research & Production Grant

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Visual Art Production Grant

2011

Frelyn Memorial Scholarship, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

2010

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Visual Art Production Grant

2009

Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Creative Development Initiative, Visual Art Research & Production Grant

Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant

RESIDENCIES / RESEARCH / ARTIST TALKS

2012           

Residency, The Arctic Circle 2012, Svalbard, Norway / International waters

Corbin Union Residency, Corbin, British Columbia, Canada.

 Residency, Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico.

2011           

The Soiree Retreat: A Bit of a Chekovian Situation thematic residency, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

Residency, Caravansarai, Istanbul, Turkey.

Artist Talk, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

2010           

Death Threat, Artist Talk, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, YK.

2009           

Artist Talk, Galleri Kling & Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Artist Talk, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Artist Talk, Webster University, Vienna, Austria.

Artist Talk, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Cosmic Rays and Other Space Junk, Artist talk, TRUCK Gallery, Calgary, AB.

2008           

Art and Architecture panel discussion, Artcity Festival, Calgary, AB.

Cosmic Ray Research thematic residency, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB.

Overcoming Problems, Artist talk, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, NB.Residency, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City, YK.

2007           

Artist talk, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB.

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