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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (6)     +     OPENINGS (2)     +     DEADLINES (8)     +     CLOSINGS (15)
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Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to launch its fall programming on Saturday, September 8 from 7:00–9:00 pm.

Lisa Lipton, Chapter VI – Greysville, 2014. Video still. Photo: Jeff Wheaton

Chapter VI: Greysville
Lisa Lipton

September 8 – October 27, 2018
Opening Reception: September 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Super Crawl: September 14-16, 2018 (extended hours)

Multidisciplinary artist Lisa Lipton’s experimental feature film, THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE, was created over four years during a research journey across North America. Informed by interviews and collected stories throughout the artist’s travels, the unconventional narrative unfolds through the eyes of nine intriguing characters, each living in a different city. The resulting chapter-based film is borne of Lipton’s fearless exploration and immersion in each community. Created site-specifically through local collaboration, THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE is presented alongside sculptural installations, costumes and props, paintings and musical compositions that reflect living within a particular time, place, and community.

The sixth chapter, Greysville, on view at Hamilton Artists Inc. was filmed in Middle Sackville, NS. Greysville documents the halfway point within Lipton’s narrative. It is the arrival home from running away, being brought back to a beginning that places you in your parents' basement and the existential state of your 16-year-old self. It is the grey zone, a feeling of uncertainty, hopelessness and mediocrity under a haze of broken dreams. In Greysville, the underdog team is being counseled to fight in order to win.

Lisa Lipton’s Chapter VI: Greysville is presented in conjunction with her solo exhibition THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE, on display at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery from September 13-October 27, 2018.

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Introducing Performer-in-Residence Jamie Milay

In conjunction with Lisa Lipton’s solo exhibition this fall, Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to welcome Jamie Milay as performer-in-residence. Jamie Milay is an emerging multidisciplinary artist whose practice aims to destabilize hierarchies of power and embrace fluidity of content, artistic form, and artistic process. Over the course of their residency, Jamie will develop a performance piece exploring experiences and perceptions sex work and the sex industry in Hamilton and Toronto. As part of their research process, Jamie will facilitate participatory events and community workshops to gather data for their culminating performance on October 17.

Drop-in Participatory Performance: September 15, 1-4 pm
Blanket Performance: Ongoing, September 8 – October 27
Culminating Performance: October 17, 7-9 pm

Throughout their residency, Jamie will also be engaged in a durational performance piece in which they will be repurposing and redistributing a blanket that was the site of personal trauma. Visit Jamie in the gallery to learn about their work.

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Tara Lynn MacDougall, It’s worth repeating (so I did), 2018. Install view. Photo: Angeline Simon.

Impossible Expectations
Jacob Irish & Julie Hall, Tara Lynn MacDougall, and Angie Quick

September 8 – October 27, 2018
Opening Reception: September 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Super Crawl: September 14-16, 2018 (extended hours)

The artists in Impossible Expectations, Jacob Irish & Julie Hall, Tara Lynn MacDougall, and Angie Quick, enact and challenge the assumed truths of dominant cultural myths. Reflecting on common misconceptions that underpin contemporary Western society, the artists endeavor to reveal realities of social stratification in relation to class, race and gender. Irish & Hall’s interactive sculpture, The Miller and the Baker (2018), explores the value of labour through the part-man, part-bull figure of the Greek Minotaur, who represents a miller trapped in an endless cycle of physical labour. In her abstract paintings, Quick unravels the canon of Western art by deconstructing its white, heteronormative mythos into gestures that resemble fleshy landfills. MacDougall’s audio recording, It’s worth repeating (so I did) (2018), compiles words of well-known female artists into a feminist “artist talk” that also questions relationships between success and the performance of class privilege. Through their investigations into myth-making, the artists in Impossible Expectations expose the historical influence of Western ideology on how we continue to define, depict and present ourselves.

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Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James St N
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K9
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Accessibility: The gallery is fully accessible.
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-5 pm, Fri 12-6 pm. See extended Super Crawl hours HERE.
Visiting: Located in downtown Hamilton, the gallery can be reached by city bus routes, and GO transit. Municipal parking is available along James Street.

Contact: Please email Programming Director, Abedar Kamgari, at

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





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