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Hashimoto Contemporary Presents: Pathetic Fallacy: A Solo Show by Sarah Joncas

Sarah Joncas:


August 3rd - August 24th, 2019

Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Pathetic Fallacy, a solo exhibition by Toronto, Canada based artist Sarah Joncas. Pathetic Fallacy will be Joncas’ inaugural solo exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary, in which she uses elements of nature and abstract forms to help illustrate the characteristics and emotions of her figures. Personified symbolic details such as butterflies, tentacles, sailboats and various types of foliage interact and compliment the figures, creating mystical landscapes.

By definition, the term ‘pathetic fallacy’ defines the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals. This term is especially utilized to define techniques in art and literature. For her latest body of work, Joncas created a series of twenty-one new portraits, primarily in oil and acrylic paint, exploring the device of pathetic fallacy. Meticulously rendered figures are bathed in light, with the skin taking on a bright, almost translucent quality. Nymph-like figures are adorned with flowers and delicately ornate accessories, with hair that is softly tousled and cascading down their shoulders. Beautiful faces with tranquil, dreamy expressions stare off into the distance, lost in their own thoughts and universes.

The artist merges abstract form with recognizable objects and animals, the surreal with the familiar. By doing so, Joncas asks the viewer to pause to unearth the deeper meaning and messages behind each work. Like the figures represented in the artists works, we are meant to lose ourselves into their universe.

Please join us Saturday, August 3rd from 6pm - 8pm for the opening reception of Pathetic Fallacy. The artist will be in attendance. The gallery will be releasing a new limited edition print of A New Leaf (pictured directly below) with the artist in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. The print will first be available exclusively in person, with an online release scheduled for the week of August 5th.


Sarah Joncas: Pathetic Fallacy


Hashimoto Contemporary

210 Rivington Street

New York, NY 10002


Opening Night Reception: Saturday, August 3rd, 6pm - 8pm

On View: Saturday, August 3rd - August 24th, 2019



Hashimoto Contemporary is located in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY. Our roster consists of an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, our programming focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. You can also visit us at a variety of international art fairs in Miami, New York, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Sarah Joncas was born in 1986 and grew up in both Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Ontario. Her interest in the visual arts developed at an early age, starting with the dedicated drawings of dinosaurs and lizards. Eventually the study and enjoyment of working from existing images stirred up the need in Sarah to create images of her own; ones that could reflect the world, yet also appease the personal feelings / ideas that she maintained. With this, her direction changed gradually from the world of animation, towards a path of fine art. Sarah graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design’s BFA program. She currently resides and works out of Toronto, Canada.

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