Rebecca Hannon – Exhibition Opening March 7, 2019: Contemporary Camouflage @ The Mary E. Black Gallery

Contemporary Camouflage
Rebecca Hannon

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday March 7, 6pm
On view: March 8 – April 28, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

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

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

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 public inquiries please contact:

Mary E. Black Gallery /Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

For media inquiries please contact:

Susan Charles
Director, Centre for Craft NS

We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia is situated in Mi’kma’ki, which is the unceded traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.

Access information for the Mary E. Black Gallery and 1061 Marginal Road

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, South of the NSCAD Port Campus and North of Pier 21 Museum.

There is a permanent Ramp at the front entrance of 1061 Marginal Road however the front doors are not automatic and have a 1” lip at front entrance. Interior doors are also not automatic. During open hours there is staff present at all times with view of all entrances ready to provide assistance. (see below photos of location and entrance.)

There is a single occupant non-gendered washroom with a 34.5” non-automatic doorway. The bathroom is spacious with 2 horizontal bars around the toilet. There is no change table inside the bathroom but you can ask at the front desk and the attendent will help you find a comfortable location for changing.

There is ample metered parking through the week. (On Saturday’s parking is often more full of visitors to the Seaport Market.) There is accessible parking near the entrance and within the near by parking lots.

Bus numbers 7, 29, 35, 41 & 90 stop within a ten min walk from the centre