Kara Hamilton at COOPER COLE

Artist: Kara Hamilton

Exhibition title: Nothing is Wild

Venue: COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada

Date: September 12 – October 19, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto

COOPER COLE is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the works of Kara Hamilton.

Nothing is Wild blurs visions of value and dereliction with gold objects that bejewel storage walls, and broken trumpets that never imagined themselves as stowaway lamps. The pile of drawings – remnant tracings with gold bits bound by chance or mistake – hint at the artist’s constant effort to rejig concepts of currency, progress, and the agency of things.

If Nothing is Wild, everything is touched by the vibrancy of matter.

Kara Hamilton (b. 1967, Toronto, Canada) explores the agency of material using mostly found or discarded matter. She works in a variety of mediums: drawings in two and three dimensions, sculpture, images and jewelry. She has shown extensively in North America and Europe, including at: Salon 94, EFA Project Space, Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Siegel House, Marfa, USA; Taut and Tame, Berlin, Germany; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Art Gallery of Ontario, Cooper Cole, Daniel Faria Gallery, MKG127, G Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Kara Hamilton studied architecture at the University of British Columbia, and art at Concordia and Yale University. She is also co-director of Kunstverein Toronto. Hamilton currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, Wood pallet, broken brass instruments, textiles, 53 x 54 x 32 in (134.6 x 137.2 x 81.3 cm)

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, Wood pallet, broken brass instruments, textiles, 53 x 54 x 32 in (134.6 x 137.2 x 81.3 cm)

Kara Hamilton, descendant, 2019, Wood concrete, wire, tie, 35 x 17 x 10 in (88.9 x 43.2 x 25.4 cm)

Kara Hamilton, utterance 1, 2019, concrete, french horn, trumpets, plastic tube, LED, 11 x 26 x 25 in (27.9 x 66 x 63.5 cm)

Kara Hamilton, utterance 1, 2019, concrete, french horn, trumpets, plastic tube, LED, 11 x 26 x 25 in (27.9 x 66 x 63.5 cm)

Kara Hamilton, utterance 2, 2019, concrete, trumpets, trombone, LED, 16 x 17 x 21 in (40.6 x 43.2 x 53.3 cm)

Kara Hamilton, utterance 2, 2019, concrete, trumpets, trombone, LED, 16 x 17 x 21 in (40.6 x 43.2 x 53.3 cm)

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Kara Hamilton, mediator 1, 2019, Brass, 3.5 x 5.8 x 2.3 in (8.9 x 14.6 x 5.7 cm)

Kara Hamilton, frequency, 2019, Framed works on paper and white gloves, Dimensions variable

Kara Hamilton, Nothing is Wild, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

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