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Swarm: Annual Members Exhibition
December 1, 2018 to January 12, 2019
Opening Reception: December 1, 7:00 -11:00 pm
Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to announce it's annual members exhibition, SWARM 2018! This exhibition showcases the original artwork of our members, representing the richness and diversity of artistic practices in Hamilton. We would like to thank our members and community, as well as all of you who have helped us over the years, for making Hamilton Artists Inc. your artist-run centre.
Want to kick off your holiday shopping with the gift of art? With over 90 participating artists, this is an excellent opportunity to find a unique gift, while supporting local artists (who receive 100% of the proceeds from their sales)!
Amanda Immurs, Amanda Jameson, Ana Kinsella, Andrea Kita, Andrew Butkevicius, Andrew McPhail, Anthony Butler, Anthony Haley, AW Wehrens, Bethany Kenyon, Brian Groberman, Bryan Kellam, Callie Archer, Carol Ashurst, Carol Bristow, Celine Jeong, Charity Mugi, Chris Erskine, Christopher McLeod, Chuck Eelhart, Ciara Kinsella, Ciara Kinsella, Claudette Losier, Colleen Lynch, Dayle Crawford, Dean Hossack, Deeshani Fernando, Eileen Reilly, Elaine Lauzon, Eli Moser, Ellen Irving, Eric Duck, Fiona Kinsella, Gerten Basom, Gord Anderson, Grazyna Ziolkowski, Ian Danac, Janice Jackson, Jason Lee Rhyno, Jeanette Grimshaw, John Block, Judi Burgess, Julia Van der Laan de Vries, Kat Serediuk, Katherine A. Laird, Kelsey Dykstra, Kristina Durka, Laura Brandreth, Leslie Furness, Lisa Narouzzi, Luis E. Morillo, Maria Basso-Jimenez, Maria H. Sarkany, Mark Prier, Mary Anne Grant, Mary Porter, Matty Flader, Maureen Paxton, Mike Hansen, Natalie Hunter, Natasha Desancic, Pat Kozowyk, Paul Dickens, Paul Lisson, Paul Ropel-Morski, Peter Pona, Phil Grant, Ralph Caterini, Reg Gilmore, Robyn LightWalker, Robyn McCallum, Royston Maybery, Sally McKay, Sara Ghahramani, Sarah Dawn Richardson, Scott Jensen, Sharon Simpson, Shauna Taylor, Stephanie Vegh, Stephen Altena, Stev'nn Hall, Susan Robinson, Suzan Fawcett, Svava Juliusson, Tess Visser, Trisha Lavoie, Valerie Cousens, Vanessa Cress Lokos, Venessa Johnston, Wendy Wilson
Same Corner, Same Juys, Same Line of Work - Vanessa Maltese
Curated by Caitlin Sutherland
September 9 - May 12, 2019
Opening Reception: September 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Employing Hamilton Artists Inc's external Cannon Project Wall, Vanessa Maltese has developed a site-specific installation alluding to the longstanding previous occupants of the gallery's purpose-built facility. This subtle intervention takes graphic elements from the Jerry's Man Shop logo, a men's fashion boutique and suit shop with a storied history, which, if including Anshel Sherman's preceding tailor shop, maintained a family legacy on James Street North for over 90 years.
Since 1975, Hamilton Artists Inc. has itself occupied various locations on and adjacent to James Street North. Due to reasons within and outside of its control, the Inc. relocated multiple times before carving out a permanent home just a few buildings over from its original location.
Same corner, same juys, same line of work, pares down the Jerry's Man Shop logo - which once graced the entrance to 155 James in impeccable terrazzo tile - to a disembodied motif or symbol. Rooted in Maltese's interest in challenging perception through optical illusion and figure - ground relationships, the structure attached to the wall creates shadow drawings with the movement of the sun each day. On cloudy days, the subsequent drawings will prove subtle.
On sunny days, the distorted logo may resonate or otherwise create a sense of deja vu for viewers who have experienced the changing landscape of the neighbourhood. Conversely, others, including younger generations and more recent transplants to the city, will have no term of reference at all. Ambiguous and ephemeral in nature, this installation probes the complex and entangled effects of gentrification - change, displacement, and erasure; development, decay, and renewal - and what this means to and for the people of a city.
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