The Last Breath, 2012, UV ink on aluminum/encre UV sur de l'aluminium, 116.8 x 71.1 cm
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AN EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS BY GALLERY ARTIST JONATHAN HOBIN AT OTTAWA'S CITY HALL ART GALLERY
LITTLE LADY / LITTLE MAN
CITY HALL ART GALLERY
110 LAURIER AVENUE WEST
MARCH 16 TO APRIL 29, 2012
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
5:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.
ARTIST TALK (IN ENGLISH)
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to announce artist JONATHAN HOBIN launches a new body of work entitled LITTLE LADY / LITTLE MAN this month at Ottawa's City Hall Art Gallery. The exhibition is Mr. Hobin's first new solo presentation since his critically acclaimed 2010 exhibition entitled IN THE PLAYROOM.
In LITTLE LADY / LITTLE MAN Jonathan Hobin reflects on the death of a husband and wife through the use of lullaby, vintage photographs, and life-size deathbed portraiture. The project not only acknowledges the dichotomy of life's seemingly simultaneous endurance and fragility, but also challenges the viewer to consider concepts surrounding their own mortality.
"Little Lady / Little Man," says Hobin, "is inspired by two lullabies sung to the children in my family by my grandfather who recorded them secretly before his death. 'Little Lady Make Believe' and 'Little Man You've Had a Busy Day' are the two songs he deemed important enough to leave behind. Over time, these songs served for me as a beautiful, albeit tragic, metaphor for the fleeting nature of physical power and youthful beauty, conventions that society closely relates to concepts of masculinity and femininity. With my grandparents representing the archetypes of male and female, the life-size documentation of their final days mirrors the surrender we will all inevitably face."
JONATHAN HOBIN is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and art director. His work draws on iconic literary, cinematic, and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker—or at the very least, the more troubling—aspects of childhood, imagination, and storytelling. Hobin's work has been featured on the cover of the Toronto Star, CNN Newsroom, Maclean magazine's innovation issue, and on the national television program George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, among others.
Jonathan Hobin would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support.
For more information, please contact:
City Hall Art Gallery
Ottawa City Hall,
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 (28425) | TTY 613-580-2401
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery will maintain regular hours April 6 to 9 for Easter.
Exhibition preview video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr2CPUDRgf0
For more information:
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY
2401 Bank Street
Ottawa Canada K1V 8R9
Tel. 613.746.0690 TF: 1.800.388.3298
Marjorie Ann Cory, 1934, © Estate of Yousuf Karsh