Image: Jen Aitken, Calloquip, 33 x 32 x 22 inches, fibre-reinforced concrete
   

Jen Aitken

Jameson

Exhibition dates: June 8 - July 13, 2019

Opening reception: Saturday, June 8, 2-5pm

     
   

Georgia Scherman Projects presents Jameson, the gallery’s second exhibition with artist Jen Aitken.

Aitken works to subvert language and habits of interpretation in order to emphasize direct experience. Her visual sensibility is influenced by observations made within her immediate urban environment, which she intuitively filters into the abstract forms and material characteristics that inundate her work. 

For Aitken, intuition is “a valuable form of knowledge and expertise.” She hints at familiarity while always resisting conclusive recognition, using self-imposed limitations to mitigate the relationship between her sculptures and their surroundings.

Over the past several years, Aitken has designed her sculptures according to a strict three-dimensional framework consisting of forty-five and ninety-degree angles, and corresponding segments of cylinders. These restrictions help generate the visual vocabulary that she uses to explore the body’s relationship to architectural space.

In her continuing search for new formal possibilitiesAitken has modified her set of restraints for this new body of cast concrete work and bisected her sculptures’ curved segments from oblique angles. This seemingly small change yields looser elliptical contours and more fragmented forms, distorting the dominant grid of Aitken’s sculptures and further emphasizing the role that negative space plays in relation to material volume.

Jen Aitken (b. 1985, Edmonton, AB, Canada) is a Toronto based sculptor. She received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Guelph, ON, and her BFA in 2010 from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. Aitken has held solo and two-person exhibitions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto), Battat Contemporary (Montreal), and Centre Clark (Montreal). Her work has been included in group shows at Diaz Contemporary (Toronto), Hamilton Artists Inc. (Ontario), the Kamloops Art Gallery (British Columbia), and the Richmond Art Gallery (British Columbia). In 2016, Aitken received the Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Emerging Visual Artist Awards. She has been featured in numerous art publications such as Border Crossings and Magenta Magazine. In 2019, Aitken will be in residency at Eastside International (Los Angeles, CA, USA) (September). In 2020, Aitken will have her first international solo exhibition at Royale Projects (Los Angeles, CA, USA) (January).