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Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to announce it’s summer exhibition programming

June 17, 7:00 – 11:00pm

Kelly Mark, Thanks, 2015. Offset print. Commissioned by C Magazine for Villa Toronto.

Never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Kelly Mark, members of (F)NOR (Donna Akrey, Margaret Flood & Svava Thordis Juliusson), Hazel Meyer, and Jo-Anne Balcaen
Curated by Caitlin Sutherland

June 17 - August 12
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Catalogue Launch: Thursday, July 20, 7:00 pm

Never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon employs satirical and somewhat humorous work to bridge issues that permeate artists and the art world: self-doubt, overly academicized discourse, artistic labour and the pressure to produce, situating one’s practice within or acting against an art historical canon, systemic proliferation of a commercialized system, art world pretensions. Rather than a cut straight to the heart, the artists’ playful approach creates a platform to evoke immediate visceral response; a gut reaction that encourages viewers to unpack the works on display and allow for these more complex narratives to emerge. What appears light on the surface may actually be an effective means of institutional critique; to quote Andrea Fraser, “The institution is inside of us, and we can’t get outside of ourselves.” We exist in social strata, shared understandings predicated on the choices made by artists, patrons, and institutions alike – not dissimilar to the necessity of shared social understandings for a joke to work. The exhibition likewise takes a self-reflective, and perhaps self-deprecating look at the mechanizations of artist-run culture within an institutional frame. A reflection on what, historically, artist-run centres championed in relation to established institutional counterparts – paying artists for their labour, developing critical discourse, providing platforms for artists to experiment, take risks, test boundaries – all the while critically acknowledging the limitations of this system and questioning where can we go from here. It’s kind of an inside joke… Or is it?

Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to acknowledge the support of Canada 150 – Hamilton 2017 in mounting this exhibition and related public programs. Click here for more information and updates on this exhibition.

Domestic Brew: Craft Beer Garden
A Cannon Project Wall Installation

Shake-n-Make (Liss Platt and Claudia Manley)

May 28, 2017 – May 20, 2018
Opening Reception: June 17, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Domestic Brew: Craft Beer Garden is an installation 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). The installation has two components, a billboard installation on the Inc.’s Cannon Project Wall from May 2017 – May 2018, followed by a site-specific installation in the Inc.’s ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard opening August 31, 2017.

The billboard installation on Hamilton Artists Inc.’s Cannon Project Wall provides a ‘garden’ of beer-cap flowers, transforming and monumentalizing the bottle caps and elevating their material and conceptual function to that of an art object. The billboard provides 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.

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Growing Up Queer in the Hammer

RE-create Youth Artists

June 17 - July 15
Opening Reception: June 17, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Since January 2017 a number of youth artists involved at RE-create, have been working on Growing Up Queer in the Hammer, a project where they have been able to express their journeys and experiences of gender and sexuality in Hamilton. The exhibition illuminates the celebrations and struggles of local LGBTQ+ youth accompanied by a ‘zine’ illustrating issues existing within the LGBTQ+ community for at-risk youth and containing resources for how safer spaces can be created around the city. At the heart of this work is the concept that there are struggles and celebrations within this community, and that individuality and community are equally important. “As a community of artists we cannot separate ourselves from one another, or from the larger LGBTQ+ community, yet we simultaneously recognize that each individual is the product of unique intersections. Our experiences are not black and white, but fluid, and require patience for the ‘grey areas’ that exist.”

This is a community art exhibition in partnership with RE-create Youth Outreach studio, a program of Shalem Mental Health Network. RE-create would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Hamilton Community Foundation with this project.

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Amy Malbeuf, The Length of Grief: The Daughters of Métis Mothers, 2016. Film Still

Outdoor Screening Series:
Femme Totale

Presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE, this screening is part of a series presented throughout Hamilton over the month of June with the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

June 17, 9:30 pm

Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the shorts program, Femme Totale in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. The female voice and perspective in Indigenous cinema remains a strong, vital, and influential force. From both sides of the Medicine Line – the Canadian-American border – outstanding new talents explore an array of topics that plunge into the core of humanity, addressing an expansive discourse around issues from resurgence, deep cultural ties and traditions, to sisterhood and loss.

Featuring short-format experimental films by Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Razelle Benally, Natasha Kanape Fontaine, Melissa Girvan, Katie Avery, Madison Thomas, Amy Malbeuf, Pearl Salas and Kayla Briët

Click here for more information and a description of the full program.


Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James St N
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K9

Caitlin Sutherland
Programming Director

Hamilton Artists Inc. gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, City of Hamilton, Incite Foundation for the Arts, Hamilton Community Foundation and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.





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