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Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present a series of events accompanying After the Hunt, a solo exhibition by Montreal based artist, Emily Jan in partnership with the Canadian Craft Biennial, Craft Ontario and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Emily Jan, After the Hunt, installation view.

Emily Jan
After the Hunt

August 31 – October 28

Auxiliary Programs:
October 5, 7:00 pm: Dinner in Conversation with Emily Jan and Janna Hiemstra
October 7, 12:00 pm: Exhibition Bus Tour in partnership with the Canadian Craft Biennial (Craft Ontario, Hamilton Artists Inc. and Art Gallery of Burlington).

After the Hunt, consists of a life-size sculptural tableau by Montreal based artist, Emily Jan. Elements from 17th century Dutch post-hunt still lifes are transformed into a sprawling sculptural staging, commenting upon the excesses of modern society both materially, through accretion of labour and matter; and conceptually, by referencing the colonial violence attached to the “embarrassment of riches” for which the Dutch Golden Age was known. Over the course of the exhibition, the installation changes subtly as faux fruits and fabricated animals remain constant, while real fruits and flowers wilt and decay, providing a glimpse into the aftermath of this celebration of excess. From a contemporary standpoint, found objects, discarded in local thrift stores are incorporated into the installation and allude to the sheer excess of late modernity’s runaway production and consumption. Historically, reference to the Dutch Golden Age and its links to trade routes and proliferation of objects traces the roots of globalization and capitalism to how we understand it today.

This exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring a critical essay by Janna Hiemstra.

For more information on this exhibition and accompanying public programs, CLICK HERE

Dinner in Conversation with Emily Jan and Janna Hiemstra
October 5, 7:00 pm

Cost: $20
Limited to 15 guests
RSVP Required (register HERE)

Hamilton Artists Inc. Is pleased to present an intimate dinner in conversation featuring a discussion between artist Emily Jan and writer/ curator Janna Hiemstra on Jan's installation After the Hunt, October 5 at 7:00 pm. This sit down dinner, catered by our partners at MeatVentures (vegetarian options will be available), will focus on an intimate and informal conversation between Jan and Hiemstra, contextualizing Jan's immersive installation within contemporary art discourse, its art historical references, and craft culture.

Note: As this is a catered event with limited seating, $20 will be charged in order to ensure that RSVPs are honoured. If you feel that this fee represents a barrier in any way, please send an email to the contact information provided below.

Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer. Originally hailing from Northern California, Jan has traveled to 34 countries and lived in four, including South Africa and Mexico. Her biophilic sculptures and installations combine everyday found objects with meticulously worked raw materials to evoke the faraway and the fantastical. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity. Jan holds an MFA from Concordia University (2014), a BA with Honours from Brown University (2000), and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts (2009).

Janna Hiemstra currently serves as the Interim-CEO at Craft Ontario, and has been with the organization since 2007 leading exhibition programming. With a background in philosophy and cultural theory, as well as two years of working as a ceramic studio assistant, she works to guide Craft Ontario’s areas of focus to address member needs, educate the public regarding contemporary craft practice, and advocate for the craft community.

Exhibition Bus Tour:
October 7, 12:00 pm

Featuring guided tours of Emily Jan’s After the Hunt at Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Canadian Craft Biennial Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Join us for an afternoon of guided tours featuring the exhibition offerings currently on view at Hamilton Artists Inc., the Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario!

Upon arriving in Hamilton, our participants will experience a guided tour and talk by Emily Jan at Hamilton Artists Inc. exploring her installation, After the Hunt. This tour will feature a light lunch and will also mark the official launch of Jan’s artist designed book as well as the exhibition’s catalogue featuring a commissioned essay by Janna Hiemstra. At the Art Gallery of Burlington, participants will tour the three main exhibitions taking place as part of the Canadian Craft Biennial: a solo exhibition of work by Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders; Can Craft? Craft Can!, a national exhibition featuring craft from across Canada; and Nothing is Newer than Tradition, an exhibition of craft by emerging Ontario makers.

Bus Tour Pick-up times and locations

12:00 noon: Pick up at Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto.
1:00 pm: Artist led tour of After the Hunt by Emily Jan accompanied by catalogue launch. Light lunch to be provided.
2:00 pm: Pick up in Hamilton at Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St N, Hamilton.
2:30 - 4:30 pm: Tour of four Canadian Craft Biennial exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington.
5:00 pm: Drop-off at Hamilton Artists Inc.
6:00 pm: Drop-off at Craft Ontario.

Register Today!

Note: Participants are able to board the bus in both Toronto and Hamilton. A nominal fee of $5 will be charged in order to ensure that RSVPs are honoured. If you feel that this fee represents a barrier in any way, please send an email to the contact information provided below. If you have access to your own transportation you are welcome to meet us at any of the stops outlined above and are not required to RSVP to the event.

For more about the Canadian Craft Biennial, CLICK HERE.

This exhibition and related public programming was made possible through project funding by the Canada Council for the Arts and the ongoing support of our funders. This programming is presented in partnership between the Canadian Craft Biennial, Hamilton Artists Inc., Craft Ontario and Art Gallery of Burlington.



Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James St. N.
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K9


Caitlin Sutherland
[programming director]
Hamilton Artists Inc.





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