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The Living Room: Subject, Object, Verb
Begins October 15, 2016 to May 21, 2017
(left) Susan Kealey, Fender Guitar Pick, 1998
(right) Susan Kealey, Pez Dispenser (Yoda), 1998
The Living Room is the name for a new interactive, evolving installation in the Young Gallery, situated on the main level of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Meant to loosely replicate the function of a family living room (comfortable seating, reading material, music, screens, toys, etc.) the space will be re-invigorated and re-imagined throughout the year.
Subject. Object. Verb is the title given to the Living Room’s first manifestation. The exhibition will be anchored by a selection of photographs from Canadian artist Susan Kealey, whose work frequently contemplates the significance of the tiniest, seemingly most insubstantial of everyday objects. Hamilton writer, poet and author Gary Barwin has designed an interactive response to these pictures. Visitors will be invited to include their own objects as part of the exhibition, filling a large shelf mounted on the wall. They can also use a set of vintage, sound-enhanced typewriters to document their own memories, particularly those connected to objects. The collected pages will be mounted and bound into a book. The book will be used for a series of public readings.