Hannah Epstein

Making Bets In A Burning House


February 15–March 28, 2020
Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 6-8pm



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Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Making Bets in a Burning House, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Hannah Epstein, Like a dragon unfurled its wings, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester and burlap, 113 x 120 inches (287 x 304.8 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Eye Dazzler, 2020. Wool, polyester, burlap and video screens with circuit board players, 26 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches (67.3 x 74.9 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Stretch Bob Square Pants, 2019. Wool, acrylic, burlap, polyfill and found Sponge Bob body parts, 47 x 14 x 4 inches (119.4 x 35.6 x 10.2 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Fists of Furry, 2019. Wool, polyester, cotton, burlap and found llama head, 63 x 62 x 8 inches (160 x 157.5 x 20.3 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Curtis, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester and burlap, 19 x 35 inches (48.3 x 88.9 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Trouble 1, 2019. Wool, acrylic and burlap, 32 x 17 inches (81.3 x 43.2 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Trouble 2, 2019. Wool, acrylic and burlap, 35 x 28 inches (88.9 x 71.1 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Don't Deal With The Devil, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester, cotton and burlap, 41 x 42 inches (104.1 x 106.7 cm)

Hannah Epstein Blood Bunny, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester and burlap, 36 x 35 inches (91.4 x 88.9 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Baby Yoda Riding My Desire to Have a Child, 2019. Wool, polyester, cotton and burlap, 19 x 28 inches (48.3 x 71.1 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Forgive Without Apology, 2019. Wool, acrylic and burlap, 23 x 27 inches (58.4 x 68.6 cm)

Hannah Epstein, The Midnight Hare, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester and burlap, 30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Demon Daddy Fuck Fantasy, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester, burlap and video, 52 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (133.4 x 80 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Desire, 2019. Wool, acrylic and burlap, 28 x 20 inches (71.1 x 50.8 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Nerd Smasher, 2019. Wool, polyester, cotton and burlap, 74 x 47 inches (188 x 119.4 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Twister, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester, burlap and found toy, 70 x 37 inches (177.8 x 94 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Hot Girl Summer, 2019. Wool, acrylic and burlap, 56 x 29 inches (142.2 x 73.7 cm)

Hannah Epstein. Atlas Lugged, 2019. Wool, acrylic, polyester and burlap, 50 x 31 inches (127 x 78.7 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Rage Rug, 2019. Spray paint on found rug, 37 1/2 x 25 inches (95.3 x 63.5 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Arrow, 2020. Wool, acrylic, polyester, cotton and burlap, 42 1/2 x 17 inches (108 x 43.2 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Soft Worm, 2019. Wool, acrylic, burlap, polyfill and found toy parts, 7 x 6 x 56 inches (17.8 x 15.2 x 142.2 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Pink Neck, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood. 31 x 30 x 2 inches (78.7 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Wing Snout, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood, 34 x 26 x 3 inches (86.4 x 66 x 7.6 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Burgermeister, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood, 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 3 inches (59.7 x 44.5 x 7.6 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Cheddar Cheese, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood, 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 2 inches (52.1 x 52.1 x 5.1 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Terry Munster, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood, 21 1/2 x 14 x 2 inches (54.6 x 35.6 x 5.1 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Garfield Sundae, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood, 25 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (64.8 x 39.4 x 6.4 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Mutant Penguin, 2020. Digital print on lycra; polyfill and wood, 22 x 12 x 3 inches (55.9 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm)

Hannah Epstein, Jizzus Saves, 2020. Digital print on towel, 37 x 58 inches (94 x 147.3 cm)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Making Bets In A Burning House, a solo exhibition by Hannah Epstein consisting of room installations in two separate galleries, one with a selection of handmade hooked rugs and the other with algorithmically printed digital works. In the first room, the textiles are installed in a room that looks like a video game dungeon. The floor is covered with a carpet that depicts bubbling lava and the walls are finished to resemble white bricks. The wall works include a range of imagery–a ten foot tall dragon; an animal face surrounded by mandala-inspired fists; pornographic videos looping inside rugs; a woman carrying the weight of Atlas on her shoulders; and a tornado with a small hand hidden inside. The miles of looped yarn convey that Epstein labored hard to create these works, and within her labor there is an ominous danger that threatens the viewer and maker.

The second room has a green carpet which resembles a grass lawn and all the wall works are all AI generated, made from an algorithm that analyzed Epstein’s works from the past eight years and predicted what she might create next. There also is a monitor playing surveilled content, filtered through an AI image recognition software, identifying people and objects from the first room. A single handmade work sits on the grass, a colorful soft worm, whose face goes from innocent to menacing when handled.

Hannah Epstein earned a BA from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2009) and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include those at HUB Gallery, Pennsylvania State University (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2019) and Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2018 & 2019). Recent group exhibitions include those at Long Beach Museum of Art (2019); San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (2019) and The Rooms, St. Johns, Newfoundland (2019). Epstein lives and works in Toronto.

Born 1985, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lives and works in Toronto and Los Angeles

Education

2017 MFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
2011 Canadian Film Centre Media Lab
2009 Newfoundland Independent Film Co-Op
2009 BA in Folklore and Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2020
Steve Turner, Los Angeles (Upcoming)

2019
Artists-on-Artists: Age of You, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto
Nittany Lion: Eco-Mascot, HUB Gallery, Pennsylvania State University
Art Brussels Fair (with Steve Turner)
Art Lima Fair (with Steve Turner)
Do You Want a Free Trip to Outer Space?, Steve Turner, Los Angeles (Upcoming)

2018
Monster World, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2017
As The Fidget Spinner Turns, Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh

2016
The Steaks Have Never Been Greater, The FRAME Gallery, Pittsburgh
Timecraft, The FRAME Gallery, Pittsburgh

2015
Service #4: Prey at Play, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh
Killing it, 808 Gallery, Pittsburgh

2014
memememememe, The Ellis Gallery, Pittsburgh

2012
Backseat Animal, Cinecycle, Toronto

Group Exhibitions

2019
Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose
Loops to Live By, The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Thread, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
Analog Pleasures, LIKELIKE, Pittsburgh
Expanded Reality, Refinery29 Art Park, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Toronto, Washington DC
Ariadne Unraveling, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York
Enter Art Fair (with Steve Turner)
Power of Ten, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Rock Paper Scissors, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

2018
Games At Play Arcade, UC Irvine
Untitled Art Fair (with Steve Turner), Miami Beach
Inside Out, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
NEOFOLK, Killjoy Collective, Portland
Code Art Fair, Copenhagen (with Steve Turner)
Through-Line: Drawing and Weaving by 19 Artists, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Reopen Closed Tabs,
 White House Studio Project, Toronto
I’M NOT WITH HIM, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh
B-SIDES, Diametrale Film Festival, Innsbruck, Austria
BioPix, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
New Toronto Works, Pleasure Dome, Toronto

2017
Speed Show: Playing Games, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lost/Found Biennial, CornerProjetcs, Chicago
Nuit Blanche Art Party, House of VR, Toronto
GAME ART VS ART GAME, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Ames, Iowa
Canadian Craft Biennial: Nothing Is Newer Than Tradition, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON
Pop-Tarts and Pabst Fundraiser, Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container, Toronto
Roundtable Residency Reception, The Dragon Academy, Toronto
Pleasure Dome, CineCyle, Toronto
Vector Festival | Local Host, Black Cat Gallery, Toronto
Cabinet, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver
FAM, The Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh
Text Me, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, New Jersey

2016
It took a while….,Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, Arizona
Satin Finish, Slayer Gallery, online
Bodacioussss, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver
The Cut and The Crumb, The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh
Art Game VS Game Art, VGA Gallery, Chicago
Parkdale Film & Video Showcase: Close To Home, Gallery 1313, Toronto
8-Hour Project: Failure, Allegheny College Gallery, Meadville
Game Art VS Art Game, VGA Gallery, Chicago
Different Games Arcade, NYU Polytech, Brooklyn
What’s a Steak, 5122 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh


2015
15 Performances in an Hour, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA,
MAKEnight: Aquatic, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Rules For An Other Self, Boom Concepts, Pittsburgh, PA
Home Economics, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON
Pop Montreal, Pop Quartiers, Montreal, Quebec
Internet Yami-Ichi, Knockdown Centre, Maspeth
Papes, The Rum Room Gallery, Pittsburgh
Fun Dip, Mist Gallery, online
Prism Pipe presents Crystal Ball, Pehrspace, Los Angeles
New Additions # 7 VAPORWAVE, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver
Images Festival, Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall, Toronto
Accelerate, Niagara Artist Centre, St. Catherine’s
Sidewalkscreening.mov, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto

2014
Garfart 11/12, Garfield Art Works, Pittsburgh
Wade In, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s
The New Academy, Williamsburg Art & Historical Centre, Brooklyn
VIA Festival, Union Trust Building, Pittsburgh
Mean Time To Upgrade, InterAccess Gallery, Toronto
Hard Twist, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
The Rainbow Volcano Explosion, Graven Feather, Toronto
How Sweet It Is, Swoon Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sight and Sound Media Festival, Eastern Bloc, Montreal
York Region Multi-Media Film Festival, Lebovic Centre, Stouffville
Feminist Art Conference, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto

2013
Long Winter Arcade, The Great Hall, Toronto
STRUTT Wearable Art Show, WS Tyler, St. Catherine’s
Queer Arcade, Videofag, Toronto
BEND OVER! Images of Gender Exploitation, Show Gallery, Toronto
AMC Arcade, Allied Media Conference 2013, Detroit
NXNE Festival, Art Fair, Toronto
Different Games Conference, Different Arcade, NYU Polytech, Brooklyn
Vector Festival: net.works, Propeller Gallery, Toronto

2012
HTMlles Festival, Studio XX, Montreal
TIFF NEXUS Mini Arcade, TIFF, Metro Hall Rotunda, Toronto
Punk Arcade, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia
UCLA Game Arts Festival, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Awards

2018
Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2017
Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award, Textile Museum of Canada
Individual Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council

2015
Project Grant, Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry

Bibliography

2019
“Hannah Epstein on how her rug hooking art is influenced by comics, the internet and after-school television” CBC Radio, September 20
“Interview: Hannah Epstein,” ARTLAND, January 18
Zellin, Jody. “Hannah Epstein: ‘Do You Want A Free Trip To Outer Space?’—Blending the Tactile and the Digital,” Art Now LA, January 15

2018
Hampton, Chris. “Turning floors into folklore: Hannah Epstein is telling incredible stories…with debaucherous rugs,” CBC Arts, April 20

Mizota, Sharon. “The sweet hooked rug, gone bad: How artist Hannah Epstein gives a retro craft some bite”, Los Angeles Times, January 20

2017
Blauth, Fred. “Hentai, Your Mom Jokes, And Memes,” Juxtapoz, August 4

2016
Urquhart, Emily. “Modern Hookers,” The Globe & Mail, January 27
“Blanket Fort Chats: Game Making with Hannah Epstein,” FemHype, January 8

2015
“YYZ Gameshow,” Interview

2014
“Meantime to Upgrade at InterAccess,” Daily Serving, November 9

2013
“Have Surrealist Video Game Critique of Identity Politics Will Travel,” NOW! Toronto, August 6
“Queer Arcade,” Broken Pencil, August 2
“Hannah Epstein Wants to Get Sued,” Killscreen

2012
“The Difference That Women Make,” LevelSave