Anna Hawkins | How to Chop an Onion

Apr 9 – May 18, 2016

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Opening reception + artist talk: Saturday, April 9 7-9 pm
Free. All welcome.

Read the exhibition text by Nancy Webb.

How to Chop an Onion is a 2-channel video installation that involves dissection, reconstruction and loose re-enactment of “how-to” videos found on the internet. Through processes of framing and chromakeying, Hawkins distills and fragments gestures and actions from these videos, creating new sequences of disembodied interactions between found and original images. With a focus on mundane and domestic skills, Hawkins’ work explores how knowledge is acquired, demonstrated, and stored online.

Anna Hawkins holds a BA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from Concordia University. Working primarily with video, her work is concerned with the ways that images, gestures and information are transmitted and transformed online. Presenting a solo exhibition in Eastern Edge’s Main gallery space, she will be exhibiting a body of work that employs examples from art history and contemporary internet culture as a framework through which to sift, collect, and collage online-sourced and original images. Using recognizable forms, these pieces attempt to organize and make sense of the boundless amount of visual imagery available online meanwhile highlighting the distortions, conventions and absurdities inherent in both contemporary and art historical modes of image making.

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Above photo by Penelope Smart.

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Photography by Alex Noel.

Posted March 29, 2016