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Spring Exhibition Openings - Hamilton Artists Inc.

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Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present its spring exhibitions: Lump, Slump, Sunk, a solo exhibition by Guelph based artist Adrienne Spier in the Cannon Gallery, and the group exhibition Transition, Transform featuring work by Candice Davies, Lois Schklar, and J. Eric Davies in the James Gallery.

Join us for the opening reception of both exhibitions on Saturday, April 7 from 2-4 pm!


Lump, Slump, Sunk
Adrienne Spier

April 7 – May 12, 2018
Opening Reception: April 7 from 2:00-4:00 pm

Lump, Slump, Sunk is a sculptural installation exploring the shifting value of discarded objects and the space they occupy. The three elements— a broken floor, melted bottles and warped furniture— are fastened, heated and soaked to minimize or maximize their mass. Spier chose these materials because they are ubiquitous, familiar and often discarded. The re-constructed floor made from discarded parquet flooring heaves and buckles, disrupting our implicit trust in the stability of foundations. The beer bottles, now slumped into space saving puddles, were occupying precious real estate in a collector’s garage, highlighting tensions between the sentimental and the practical. They can’t even be turned in for a deposit. The found particleboard furniture is re-presented as a series of tilting sculptures, made by slicing the material into strips, selectively bloating and piling the pieces. The expansions equal only millimetres, but the stacks appear visibly off kilter. These properties— bloating, slumping, and buckling— are mirrored and therefore understood in our own bodies. Small changes, when accumulated, become significant. The series investigates the phase of a material’s existence after something useful has become useless.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a free publication with a critical essay by Emily Rosamond.

Learn more: http://www.theinc.ca/exhibitions/adrienne-spier-lump-slump-sunk/


Transition, Transform
Candice Davies, Lois Schklar, J. Eric Simpson

April 7 – May 12, 2018
Opening Reception: April 7 from 2:00-4:00 pm

Transition, Transform challenges concepts of value in late capitalist, Western culture. Artists Candice Davies, Lois Schklar and J. Eric Simpson emphasize items that are often considered ancillary in everyday life such as plastic bags, knickknacks and wall fixtures, acknowledging the historical privilege of artists and art institutions in assigning value on any object or material. Davies makes subtle interventions into the infrastructure of the gallery. She alters the space by replacing ordinary plastic fixtures with carved alabaster replicas that may easily go unnoticed in other contexts. Schklar presents a precise grid of tiny collected trinkets. While each item has a personal meaning for the artist, she subverts the notion of authorship by inviting viewers to contribute to and transform her collection. Simpson likens the allure of convenience-based consumer culture to the trade-off of pain for pleasure involved in sadomasochist practices. He questions the significance of the artist’s hand in creation by readily sharing a how-to video that details his production process for others to use. Works by Davies, Schklar and Simpson explore the ways cultural importance gets assigned to objects and ideas, highlighting how value is subjective and often context-dependent.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a critical essay by Emily Hamel.

Learn more: http://www.theinc.ca/exhibitions/transition-transform/


Visiting and Accessibility:

Regular gallery hours are Weds to Sat 12-5; Fri 12-6. Art crawl hours are 7-10 pm. Hamilton Artists Inc. is located at the intersection of James and Cannon streets in a fully accessible facility. Our washrooms are gender-neutral. Please call 905-529-3355 or email Interim Programming Coodinator, Abedar Kamgari, at programming(at)theinc.ca for any other accessibility measures prior to your visit.


About 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.

Hamilton Artists Inc. receives operating support from the City of Hamilton, the Ontario Arts Council, and Project Support from Canada Council for the Arts, Incite Foundation for the Arts and Hamilton Community Foundation as well as generous contributions from Inc. members, donors and private-sector partners.