A gold band is placed on the limb of a growing tree. Like a ring that grows snug on a slowly swelling finger, this band will affect and be affected by the tree’s eventual growth. What will happen cannot be predicted and may take years to be revealed. The branch might eventually break free from its shackle, be strangled to death, or swallow the ring, incorporating it into its own natural growth rings. A person of the future may find evidence of a golden period within a cross section of a found piece of the tree.
Jason de Haan (1981) is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist. He received an MFA (sculpture) from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Clint Roenisch Gallery (Toronto), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), and Museo de la Ciudad (Querétaro, Mexico). Recent group exhibitions include Scrap Metal (Toronto), Bond House Projects (London), Oakville Galleries, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto), MOLAF (Bergen), Art Gallery of Alberta, and Galleri Kling & Bang (Reykjavik). He participated in the Arctic Circle 2012 residency and in multiple residencies at the Banff Centre. He is a founding member of the Corbin Union Residency in Corbin, BC, a ghost town in the East Kootenays. Upcoming exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Alberta and MASS MoCA. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, representing the Prairies and the North. His work has been reviewed in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Canadian Art Magazine, Art in America, and Art Forum.