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Emily Hermant, Hesitations in the Chicago Loop

Each month, one of the Juried Winners from the ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series is selected to exhibit in the Chicago Loop. We are very pleased to present a special exhibition by Emily Hermant to close out the ArtSlant Prize 2013 Chicago exhibitions. Hermant's intricate creations use thousands of nails and hundreds of feet of thread to visualize the sounds of hesitations commonly used in everyday language. So, um, check it out at the corner of State and Adams in the Chicago Loop on view now through April, 2014. 


Emily Hermant

Hesitations (2010/2013) is an immersive thread installation that examines the ways in which ordinary speech patterns can be transformed to address the complexities of intimate communication. The installation consists of enormous, delicately threaded waveform patterns of pauses, hesitations, and other communicative glitches extracted from recordings of intimate conversations. Built on-site with thread and nails, Hermant’s use of scale to amplify these small parts of connectivity in language as well as a labor-intensive mode of production to slow down these moments draws attention to their emotive power and the fleeting nature of spoken language. The materials and relational elements in Hesitations convey the absurdity, possibility, and impossibility of intimate communication.




Emily Hermant is an interdisciplinary artist with an intense engagement with material practices. She received her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2004 and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Hermant’s work has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and festivals in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe, including the Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL (2013), Durand Art Institute at Lake Forest College, IL (2012), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (2012), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2011), The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (2010), Articule, Montréal, QC (2010), Triennale di Milano Museum, Milan, Italy (2009) and the Museum of Arts & Design, New York (2007-8). Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including ArtSlant, Espace Sculpture, The Washington Post, Time Out Chicago and American Craft Magazine. In 2011-12, Hermant was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Craft & Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She is currently based in Montréal, Québec where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Fibres and Material Practices program at Concordia University.

For inquiries about her work, please contact the artist directly.






Posted by Joel Kuennen on 11/14/13

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