Current Exhibition

Contemporary Camouflage
Rebecca Hannon


Opening: Thursday March 7, 6pm
On view: March 8 - April 28, 2019

A dazzling display is about to take over the Mary E. Black Gallery from March 7 to April 28. Local contemporary jeweller Rebecca Hannon has been playing with notions of concealing-and-revealing following her research into the extra ordinary history of Dazzle Camouflage used in WWI. This bright and visually stimulating camo was designed to confuse the senses of three dimensional forms and distance. Rebecca Hannon will envelope the Mary E. Black Gallery in an immersive installation, covering the walls with patterns of Dazzle Camo to create a back drop for her graphically stunning jewellery.

While playing with these concepts of strange camouflage, Hannon has also been meticulously problem-solving her way through a complex exploration of interlocking forms. Her brightly coloured jewelry is constructed from two dimensional pieces, lazer cut from laminate material that slots together forming three dimensional jewellery. Concealing the complicated structure and revealing agile, flowing jewellery Hannon’s works are intricate matrices of shapes and colour that trick the eye into perceiving simple, bright and fun wearable objects.

In Contemporary Camouflage Rebecca Hannon explores the perception of flatness and depth and uses the history of camouflage to explore adornment in humans and nature.


Rebecca Hannon has collaborated with emerging Nova Scotia based artists Emily Lawrence, Seamus Gallagher, Gillian Maradyn-Jowsey on several exciting events and projects to bring this exhibition to life:


Public Events happening as part of the Exhibition!

Conceal or Reveal          
Thursday, March 28, 6:30-9:30 pm

Come decked out for selfies wearing your favourite jewels and help us blow up Instagram during #maryblackdazzlenight. Using our gallery as a playground to showcase your individual flair, get inspired and photographed in a creatively stylized space designed for exploring modern adornment.

Join talented local stylist Emily Lawrence, and award-winning photographer Seamus Gallagher for a creative night interacting with Rebecca Hannon’s contemporary jewellery - does it conceal or reveal?

Finding Form and Connections 
Sunday, April 14 & 28     1-4 pm                
Register at: 902-492-2522

Surrounded by a gallery of her sculptural jewellery, contemporary artist Rebecca Hannon will share her fascination with connecting simple shapes into repetitive elements to create unique forms for adornment. No previous experience necessary for this hands-on workshop. You’re invited to design and assemble new forms for your own wearable art pieces.

Mary E. Black Gallery recognizes the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage and NSCAD University for this exhibition and its surrounding programming.

For more information please contact:

Mary E. Black Gallery