ATE: May 20, 2011
Dead Eagle Trail
May 26 - July 8, 2011
Reception for the Artist & Book Signing:
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
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.