Jason de Haan: Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly

January 1, 2014
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Jason de Haan: Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly
Contributors: Nicholas Brown, David Diviney, Ryan Doherty, Candice Hopkins, Crystal Mowry, Richard Rhodes and Gustaf Sobin 

Since the early 2000s Jason de Haan has made a name for himself with sculptures, collages, installations and public projects that engage time, especially the long-scale perception of time. Like Duchamp, his goal is to make an art that signifies more than just its three dimensions. Two of de Haan’s larger works New Jerusalem (2010) and New Jerusalem, Cloud Shrouded (2012) embody the artist’s approach as they push the viewer to envisage time on a broader, geological scale. Titled after the post-apocalyptic 'City of God', New Jerusalem is a dizzying cityscape of glass domes and crystal towers populated with monuments of omniscient eyeballs and spacecraft. It’s counterpart, New Jerusalem, Cloud Shrouded, is a veritable colour wheel of cloudscapes, void of any signs of life. Together the effect is one of ambiguity; which is our future and which is our past?  This work, like many others, revolves on a kind of magical thinking in which de Haan uses language to reinvent the purpose of the objects in order to reveal something more. The publication’s title is the Middle English version of the phrase “Nowhere Bodily is Everywhere Ghostly” and is drawn from The Cloude of Unknowyng, an anonymous 14th century text of theological mysticism whose main proposition is to surrender one’s mind to a realm of "unknowingness”. The text invites the reader to consider positions above and below "the cloud", an apt description of Jason de Haan’s work. This publication is the most comprehensive and significant monograph on the work of Jason de Haan to date. Original essays by a wide range of contributors, illustrations of remarkable works, and a foil stamped and embossed cloth cover of the artist’s own design, transform this book into an exquisite art object.

Richard Rhodes is an author and Editor of Canadian Art magazine. Nicholas Brown is a curator and author who has contributed to Fillip, Hunter and Cook, and C Magazine. Candice Hopkins is the Elizabeth Simonfay Curatorial Resident, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada. David Diviney is Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Crystal Mowry is Senior Curator at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. Ryan Doherty is Director/Curator at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Jason de Haan is a Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist whose work has been shown across Canada, and in the USA, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Iceland and the UK. He was shortlisted for the 2012 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize. The initiating exhibition for this publication is touring the country throughout 2013-2014 and is produced in collaboration with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (01/2014) 176 pp 100 col. ill. 9.5 x 6.5 in hardcover  9781894699617  $30.00 Can. $35.00 U.S.

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