Visual Arts

Localmotion [Steel City Studio]

Steel City Studio is a membership based creative collaboration space. Simply put, Steel City Studio is a collaboration of creativity. It is a place where like minded individuals who share a passion for creating can collaborate. The result is a nurturing space for makers, artists, and their community.

 

 
Localmotion

Localmotion: a fusion of local coffee, local music, and local art. This super chill 100% locally inspired evening is the perfect alternative to your typical Friday night. Come and enjoy the best of the best in Hamilton!

WHEN: Friday, September 22, 7:00pm-10:00pm
WHERE: Steel City Studio, 327 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Steel City Studio, 327 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Workshop / Studio Grand Opening [Art Aggregate]

Join Art Aggregate for their Grand Opening celebration! There will be beverages provided by Collective Arts and Steam Whistle Brewery and great food by State & Main, Mr. Corn and Wally Parr Sausages!

The newest, most exciting makers space has opened in Hamilton! Their ribbon-cutting will take place at 6pm with dignitaries in attendance. Look forward to art created by a variety of live artists and a beautifully curated gallery showing.

As well as enjoying music from the Y108 Street Team all day, additional entertainment will be provided by the Goggin-Carroll Irish Dancers and performances from The Maysides and "JJ" from JJ and The Pillars throughout the evening!

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd as we celebrate our GRAND OPENING from 3pm until midnight!
WHERE: 398 Nash Rd. North, Unit 12, Hamilton, ON

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 15:00 to 23:59
12-398 Nash Road North, Hamilton, ON

Trail of Tears [Gallery on the Bay]

GALLERY ON THE BAY
presents

'Trail of Tears'

new paintings by
PATRICIA KAREN GAGIC
September 8 till October 15, 2017

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST

Friday, September 8 - 7 to 10 pm
with live Jazz by Nancy Walker (piano) and Ron Johnston (bass)

ART/SUPERCRAWL HOURS:
Friday, Sept 8, 12 till 4 and 7 till 10
Saturday, September 9, 12 till 3
Sunday, September 10, 12 till 4

GALLERY HOURS:
Thursdays - 12-5
Fridays - 12-5
Saturdays - 12-5
Sundays - 12-4
and by appointment

905-540-8532

Friday, September 8, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 15, 2017 (All day)
Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay St N, Hamilton, ON

Hot Air [Centre 3]

 

Located at the heart of Hamilton’s arts district in Ontario, Centre[3] offers world-class facilities for traditional print-making (lithography, silkscreening, intaglio and more…) and state of the art digital media facilities.

Hot Air
Vanessa Crosbie Ramsay

September 1 - September 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Navigating life as a woman in today’s society can require a mix of extreme patience, purposeful avoidance, the ability to turn a blind eye, and/or the willingness to invest a great deal of time arguing. Hot Air is centered around the negative messages and systemic inequalities facing women, and is an acknowledgement of the day-to-day work and effort needed to combat the offensive and demeaning ‘white noise’ that exists within our patriarchal society, and by extension, our media landscape.

As women, we lack representation in media as a whole, and when we are included, our portrayals don’t often reflect reality or demographics. Between headlines, talk shows, cable news, magazine covers, and talk radio, women are shown in a negative light much of the time. It is regrettably easy to find public figures, TV hosts, athletes, politicians, and pundits using their platform to degrade or disparage women. News journalists are far too often reporting stories of rape, violence, and systemic abuses. Straight, white, cisgender women are objectified, vilified, stereotyped, and held to ridiculous beauty standards – though still represented more positively and prominently than other women. Stories featuring Indigenous, racialized, and LGBTQ women are often entirely absent, despite the fact that the discrimination, victimization, and injustices they experience are exponentially worse.

This project invites viewers to observe the barrage of negativity that surrounds women, to acknowledge power imbalances within the media, to reflect on the reality of oppression experienced by women of all skin colours, bodies, races, religions and sexual preferences, and demands that as a society we do better when it comes to how we talk about 50% of the population.

 

Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, September 28, 2017 (All day)
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Centre 3, 173 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K9,

According to Whether [Centre 3]

Lesley Loksi Chan
ACCORDING TO WHETHER

Curated by Sally Frater

September 1 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday September 8, 2017 (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

 

In this new body of work Lesley Loksi Chan looks at educational materials used in North American elementary schools to reflect on broader issues of identity formation and to think through processes of knowledge, learning, and decision-making. The particular sets of felt cut-outs used in this series were manufactured/printed during the late 1960s-1980s, a time when discourses of “diversity” were shifting but not yet normalized across dominant teaching methods. Though such materials were originally intended to be used for children, these pedagogical tools are re-contextualized here as cultural artifacts to address wider concerns at play both inside and outside the classroom including reflections on the complicated experience of memory and nostalgia.

 

Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 14, 2017 (All day)
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
Centre 3, 173 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K9,

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall [Hamilton Artists Inc.]

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.

Domestic Brew: 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
Shake-n-Make (Liss Platt and Claudia B. Manley)

August 31 – September 16, 2017
Opening Reception: August 31, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Domestic Brew: 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall is a craft/sculpture/installation/billboard project that seeks to provide audiences with an opportunity to reconsider the social function of beer, approach beer as an art medium, and reference, re-work, and contrast home hobby crafts of the ‘70s (domestic, debased, amateur, feminine) with minimalist sculpture (public, vaunted, professional, masculine).

While beer, as a social lubricant, can lead to volatile situations, what isn’t commonly known is that beer can actually be chemically unstable. For Domestic Brew Shake-n-Make has home-brewed some of their beer to heighten volatility as a way to explore themes of stability and instability and the hidden danger in the ubiquitous and seemingly benign. The wall of beer in plexiglass boxes will appear monolithic, stable, and under control. In actuality, any of the bottles could erupt without notice, and the beer wall will change over the course of the exhibition. Visitors will be confronted with something that seems both benign (familiar brown beer bottles in hand-made cozies) but imposing (a wall of 99 plexiglass boxes) and question why some of the bottles are broken and some remain intact. Viewers might even witness an explosion. Part kinetic/ephemeral sculpture, part science experiment, and part home hobby craft, the installation component of Domestic Brew challenges viewers to reconcile the precious and comforting (plexiglass display cases featuring bottles adorned with crocheted cozies) with the violent (post-explosion shards of glass and beer-soaked yarn) and imposing (a massive wall formed by the stacked plexi-glass boxes).

The summer heat in the courtyard at Hamilton Artists’ Inc. will maximize the potential for exploding beer while simultaneously referencing a beer garden, a place that suggests a particular engagement with beer. The beer garden theme extends to the billboard, which provides a ‘garden’ of beer-cap flowers, transforming and monumentalizing the bottle caps. The billboard will provide audiences and passersby with an opportunity to reconsider familiar and commonplace objects while encouraging them to find aesthetic pleasure in materials destined for the landfill. Part of referencing ‘70s bottle cap art (used to decorate hats, coasters, and furniture) is to connect the environmental and economic concerns of that time with our contemporary cultural moment.

For more information on the Cannon Project Wall installation, Domestic Brew: Craft Beer Garden, presented alongside this installation, please click here.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 16, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St. N., Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9

Excessive Abundance [Hamilton Artists Inc.]

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.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 28, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St. N., Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9

After the Hunt [Hamilton Artists Inc.]

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.

Emily Jan
After the Hunt

August 31 – October 28

Opening Reception and Artist Book Launch: August 31, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
SUPERCRAWL (extended gallery hours): September 8 – 10
Dinner in Conversation: October 5
Free Art Bus in Partnership with Canadian Craft Biennial, Craft Ontario and the Art Gallery of Burlington: October 7
Artist Talk: October 7 (presented by Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Canadian Craft Biennial)

 

 

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present After the Hunt, a life-size sculptural tableau by Montreal based artist, Emily Jan. Combining elements from 17th century Dutch post-hunt still lifes with their contemporary genres of bloemetje (floral), banketje (banquet), ontbijtje (little breakfast) and vanitas genres into one sprawling sculptural staging, the installation comments upon the excesses of modern society both materially, through accretion of labour and matter; and conceptually, by referencing the colonial violence attached to the “embarrassment of riches” for which the Dutch Golden Age was known. Over the course of the exhibition, the installation will change subtly. Faux fruits and fabricated animals will remain constant, whereas real fruits and flowers wilt and decay providing a glimpse into the aftermath of this celebration of excess. Rather than a celebration, we are confronted with the remnants. Rather than the potential of death, audiences are asked to consider the conceptual implications of this literal representation. From a contemporary standpoint, found objects, discarded in local thrift stores are incorporated into the installation and allude to the sheer excess of late modernity’s runaway production and consumption. Simultaneously, the laboriously hand-fabricated objects which serve as the backbone of the piece, seduce the viewer with their tactile richness, and the visible investment of time and old-fashioned mastery, just as the Dutch still lifes seduced with their luxurious surface and detail.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a critical essay by Janna Hiemstra

Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer. Originally hailing from Northern California, Jan has traveled to 34 countries and lived in four, including South Africa and Mexico. Her biophilic sculptures and installations combine everyday found objects with meticulously worked raw materials to evoke the faraway and the fantastical. As a wanderer, naturalist, and collector of objects and experiences, she is guided in her work by the spirit of exploration, kinship, and curiousity. Jan holds an MFA from Concordia University (2014), a BA with Honours from Brown University (2000), and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts (2009).

Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to acknowledge its organizational partners: Canadian Craft Biennial, Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario. This exhibition and related public programming was made possible through project funding by the Canada Council for the Arts and the ongoing support of our funders.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 28, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Artists Inc., 155 James St. N., Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9

2017 Canadian Craft Biennial [Art Gallery of Burlington]

 

 

The Art Gallery of Burlington is an award winning gallery located in the heart 
of Burlington, Ontario. Spanning over 44,000 square feet, our space boasts 
seven equipped art studios, three galleries, a one of a kind gift shop, an 
exhibition courtyard and year-round conservatory. We stage as many as 10 
regional, national and international exhibitions a year, and are home to the 
world’s largest acclaimed collection of Canadian contemporary ceramics 
and seven fine craft guilds.

 

Can Craft? Craft Can!

August 19 to October 29, 2017

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is proud to present the first Canadian Craft Biennial from August 19, 2017 – October 29, 2017. The launch of this inaugural event during Canada’s 150th anniversary will serve as a spotlight to celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future. Under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! the Biennial will explore What and who is ‘Canadian Craft’? and analyze ideas regarding the agency of craft.

Biennial Opening Celebrations: Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Lee-Chin Family Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington

Craft Symposium: Friday, September 15 (Holiday Inn, Burlington) & Saturday, September 16 (OCAD University, Toronto)

Eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches will be presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 (All day) to Friday, December 29, 2017 (All day)
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 18:00 to 21:00
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON

Anton Reijnders [Art Gallery of Burlington]

 

 

The Art Gallery of Burlington is an award winning gallery located in the heart 
of Burlington, Ontario. Spanning over 44,000 square feet, our space boasts 
seven equipped art studios, three galleries, a one of a kind gift shop, an 
exhibition courtyard and year-round conservatory. We stage as many as 10 
regional, national and international exhibitions a year, and are home to the 
world’s largest acclaimed collection of Canadian contemporary ceramics 
and seven fine craft guilds.

 

International Ceramic Exhibition – Anton Reijnders

September 9-October 29, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition. Anton Reijnders graduated at the Fine Art Academy in Hertogenbosh in 1981. He participated in exhibitions throughout the world and contributed to conferences and symposia and has given lectures in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He has contributed to the creation of what in 1991 was to become the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC)—Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. As head of studios and workshops of the EKWC Reijnders was involved in dialogue with artists from all over the world. He was the driving force behind setting up the material research program and is the author of the book The Ceramic Process jointly with the EKWC published by A&C Black in London, and Pennsylvania Press in the USA. He has been three times visiting professor in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 29, 2017 (All day)
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 18:00 to 21:00
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON

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