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Ann Hamilton, (lineament · book/ball)

Ann Hamilton, (lineament · book/ball) (1994), ball wound from strips of text, book, wood and glass vitrine [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Nov 2-Jan 11]

Ann Hamilton: a reading

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Portland OR – Nov 2, 2013-Jan 11, 2014

Ann Hamilton, near-away

Ann Hamilton, near-away (2013), paperback book slices, cheese cloth, string, bookbinders glue, brown kraft, methyl cellulose, and steel wire [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Nov 2-Jan 11]

Ann Hamilton is internationally recognized for her large-scale multi-media installations. The artist has a background in textiles and her works often employ tactile materials in environments shaped by central themes of the metaphoric value of language and text as they relate to sound, silence and time.

Reflecting a practice of over 20 years, this exhibit includes video, works on paper and sculptural pieces that explore the relationship between the written language and the tangible experience. Many of the pieces invoke the idea that the individual manner in which we read is a subjective act, where tracing through lines of text insinuates the act of drawing.

Hamilton is known for the immersive qualities of her poetic installations, but here uses elements from these larger projects to create prints, video works and objects of sculpture that are often made from deconstructed books that take new forms. The hand is also a large symbol in Hamilton’s work: two video pieces show a set of hands wearing awkward paper gloves. In follow (2011), the gloved hands repetitively draw in circles. This two-channel continuous loop video is about the moment present in the mark-making of a single line.

Also in the show are works from Hamilton’s print series ELOCUTION, which explores silent and aloud reading that become acts of writing and drawing. For this series, which draws words from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Circles”, Hamilton collaborated with printmaking students. The prints echo with multiple individualized impressions and layers of overprinting in rich minimal compositions.

Allyn Cantor


Ann Hamilton, ELOCUTION (2012), series of 16 unique diptychs, embossing and debossing on carbon paper and glassine with red iron oxide  [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Nov 2-Jan 11]

Ann Hamilton, ELOCUTION (2012), series of 16 unique diptychs, embossing and debossing on carbon paper and glassine with red iron oxide [Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Nov 2-Jan 11]


 Sat, Nov 9, 2013