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Artists' Reception: Jane Hilton at Nailya Alexander

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 20, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
ATE: May 20, 2011

Dead Eagle Trail

Exhibition Dates:
May 26 - July 8, 2011

Reception for the Artist & Book Signing:
May 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The life of a dying breed, the American Cowboy is the subject of Jane Hilton's work in Dead Eagle Trail. The iconic American archetype has captivated Hilton since childhood; as a youth in suburban England Hilton grew up watching Westerns. Her curiosity and fascination with the figure of the American Cowboy has finally been explored.

Jane Hilton, Shiprock, New Mexico, 2006 Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

While working on another project the artist's inspiration was peaked. She learned of a young Cowboy who was traveling the west working when he could for ranchers or breaking wild horses himself. He worked off the land, earning his living as he migrated from his native Alaska to Mexico. This is one in a cast of figures- from young to old who are framed in Hilton's work. More often than not we see the subjects outside of the box we typically build around their character- we see them in their own homes, even bedrooms. These are more than icons, these are men.
Allan Roandolph, Gun Collector, 2006, Courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

The works are bittersweet and fit well within the broader range of Hilton's oeuvre, The American Dream. From documentaries on legalized prostitution to the American wedding culture the English artist has fixed on exposing the realities of the American Dream- the you can do and be anything mentality. In the heart of every American is this fire, however small; Hilton exposes with poetics what appears to be the sunset of this time-honored ideal.

Images and Exhibition Information at Nailya Alexander Gallery.

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