At this moment of unparalleled flattening of the space and time in which our lives are led, we are experiencing a collective, frenetic re-organizing, re-mapping and re-considering of the world and our place within it. In “Topography of Knowing,” HATCH Projects artists Mara Baker, Nina Barnett, and Cherith Lundin, curated by Jeannette Tremblay, consider timeless questions from within a markedly shifting paradigm of perception. How do we define place, and how do we locate ourselves within a place? In this exhibition, Baker, Barnett, and Lundin exploit the inherent subjectivity of knowing––often attached to static notions of place, even as the ground falls away beneath us.
Incorporating a combination of site-specific elements and works transplanted into the gallery space, the artists propose varied ways of seeing, of knowing, and of imagining place. Through a deliberately slowed process of investigation and play, Barnett seeks connections among geographical, material, and experiential ways of knowing a site, probing the relationship between the theoretical, the planned, and the accidental. Baker utilizes found materials often culled from alternative raw spaces such as repurposed factories and homes and recycled by-products from her studio practice, to construct site-responsive, materially-charged installations. Lundin extracts moments of fluidity from within familiar interior spaces, condensing seeming dichotomies such as inside/outside, figure/ground, proximity/distance into a continuous, uncanny dance of knowing and not knowing.