Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is committed to the presentation of contemporary art and related cultural practices. The Inc. facilitates a national dialogue surrounding issues in contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, performances, education and outreach projects. The Inc. actively engages in community arts programming and educational initiatives that represent the cultural life in our city and beyond.
Ian McMurrich, Amanda Nedham and Maureen Paxton
Excessive Abundance: The Lives of Still Lifes
August 31 – October 28
Opening Reception: August 31, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Featuring the work of Ian McMurrich, Amanda Nedham and Maureen Paxton, Excessive Abundance: The Lives of Still Lifes probes us to question the hidden life of objects. What they say in juxtaposition to one another. What they say about us as their collectors—reflections on our innate desire to project romanticized representations of the self through the objects we choose to surround ourselves with. Or, as evidenced through each of the works on display, what is projected through their absence or re-emergence—what happens when we choose to divest ourselves of these often mass produced, yet carefully collected, representations of self? How does their meaning and assigned value evolve as they inevitably change hands or are discarded and thrown away? Through photography, painting and textile, McMurrich, Paxton, and Nedham each draw from these discarded objects—by-products of consumerist insatiability—and re-contextualize them resulting in divergent, yet connected narratives. The excessive abundance of these things, objects, and items—their mass production and proliferation—make them ripe for experimentation and intervention, while at the same time cautioning the viewer to consider the critical implications of these objects proliferation and accessibility.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a critical essay by Kristina Durka.