• Primarily working in sculpture, Jen Aitken’s practice considers how we relate to space, form, and material as we move through our urban environment. Everyday materials such as concrete, wood, and steel are transformed into unexpected and ambiguous configurations that engage with your body and interact with their surroundings. 


    This exhibition immediately follows Aitken’s highly acclaimed first major institutional presentation at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, (catalogue forthcoming). Dark Matter Halos presents three new and distinct bodies of work developed over the last five years. This extended research period is typical for Aitken, allowing her to become acutely versed in her materials’ strengths and limitations. 

  • Jen Aitken, Palace 2, 2020

    Jen Aitken

    Palace 2, 2020
    ceramic and painted steel
    11 x 10 x 21 in.
    $ 5,800.00
  • Aitken’s Palace sculptures began in 2019 in Los Angeles when she started working with ceramics and welding steel. Ceramic strips and arcs are paired with similar forms in steel. The steel is painted to match the specific earth tones of the clay, a disguise that encourages our engagement with the subtleties of texture and form. The Palaces rest on tabletops or plinths and convey a miniature scale without depicting actual buildings. Titled after Giacometti’s The Palace at 4 am, these works invite you to project yourself into their emotionally charged spaces.

  • Aitken’s Breather sculptures are more robust iterations of earlier her three-dimensional drawings-in-space and fabricated from welded steel. The skeletal forms are fastened to the wall, holding ambiguous volumes of negative space. Moving from one side to the other, the sculpture and space within transform dramatically, creating a continuously shifting reality.

  • Jen Aitken, Breather 4, 2023

    Jen Aitken

    Breather 4, 2023
    welded steel
    28 x 23 x 17 in.
    $ 6,000.00
  • "Each sculpture is the result of a series of decisions, and with every decision the sculptures that “could have been" accumulate like dark matter—unrealized ideas that cling invisibly to the real final form. Because of my improvisational building method, and the rule-based visual language of the work, each sculpture seems to suggest that it could have turned out differently, or that its parts could still be reconfigured. In this sense each sculpture is the material representation of a multitude of possible sculptures."


    - Jen Aitken

  • Jen Aitken, Breather 3, 2023

    Jen Aitken

    Breather 3, 2023
    welded steel
    41 x 45 x 27 in.
    $ 8,000.00
  • While Aitken has completed many two-dimensional works on panel and paper, she asserts that everything she creates comes from a sculptural perspective. This is clear in her recent Assembled Drawings, small sketches of possible sculptures that have been chopped into sections and then collaged together with other similar sketches. Treating drawings like building components, Aitken adopted a loose hand and played at connecting the linear elements from the different drawings into uncanny but convincing objects. 

  • Jen Aitken, Assembled Drawing 3, 2023

    Jen Aitken

    Assembled Drawing 3, 2023
    acrylic ink on paper
    14 1/4 x 17 in.
    $ 2,200.00


    Jen Aitken makes sculptures and drawings that strike a fine balance between perceptual ambiguity and structural clarity. Rendered in a range of crisp, industrial materials like concrete, ceramic, metal, or wood, Aitken's sculptural forms both tempt and resist recognition. 
    Aitken deliberately draws attention to the spaces she leaves hollow in her works, allowing them to become charged spaces that force viewers to become aware of the area between themselves and the work, or the work and the architectural environment it inhabits. Speaking of her sculptural work, Aitken says that she attempts to make "emptiness feel full." In addition to her rigourous approach to scultpure, Aitken is attracted to the immediacy of drawing. Her two-dimensional works echo similar architectural forms and can be viewed as impossible or incomplete sculptures. 
    Jen Aitken (b. 1985, Edmonton, AB, Canada) is a Toronto based sculptor. She received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Guelph, ON, and her BFA in 2010 from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. Her work has been exhibited at YYZ Artists' Outlet in Toronto and Kamloops Art Gallery and Richmond Art Gallery in British Columbia. Recent group shows include Paper Routes-Women to Watch 2020 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC and Des horizons d'attente at the Musee d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC. Aitken's first solo institutional exhibition, The Same Thing Looks Different, was on view at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto from June to September 2023.