Spring 2022 Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Toronto – Burlington – Hamilton
Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 11-4pm | FREE
The tour starts at 11am at OCADU (100 McCaul Street, Toronto) then departs for the Art Gallery of Burlington, Hamilton Artists Inc., and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, returning to OCADU at 4:00pm. Travel and admission is free. Seating is limited. Register online to reserve your spot.
Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB)
The Characters: Act III
Curated by Natasha Chaykowski
January 21 – April 2, 2022
Tour led by Suzanne Carte, Senior Curator, AGB
An exercise in dramaturgy and dystopian reflection, The Characters: Act III by Erdem Taşdelen is the final act of a three-part audio installation taking center stage at the AGB when we emerge from the provincial closure. Based on the narratives of 30 stock characters and performed by voice actors from scripts developed by the artist, these fictional characters are recognizable archetypes representing a specific set of behaviours or thoughts. Their defining traits are borrowed from the work of Theophrastus, a Greek author of the 4th century BCE, who produced the first known set of character sketches in history, describing types of people such as “The Pennypincher,” “The Faultfinder,” and “The Grouch.” Peculiarly, all these 30 types, together titled The Characters, depict negative traits. Some scholars have speculated that a supplementary volume comprising positive types must also have existed, or at least been planned. In the absence of these, however, Taşdelen’s reading takes on a comical and poignant quality through its rather bleak representation of human nature. Curated by Natasha Chaykowski, the first two acts of The Characters were presented in Calgary, Alberta at The Bows (formerly Untitled Art Society) in partnership with EMMEDIA (2019) and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at AKA Artist-Run (2020).
Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.)
March 26 – May 14, 2022
Tour led by Kareem-Anthony Ferreira, Artist
Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Hamilton-born painter Kareem-Anthony Ferreira. The works in Table, Manors reimagine moments from Ferreira’s Trinidadian family members’ lives, focused around the dining table. The images of preparing, serving, regarding, and eating food produce a rich exploration of not only Ferreira’s memories, but broader themes of colonialism in the Caribbean.
Simmering beneath the surface of Table, Manors are vestiges of European colonialism still deeply embedded in Caribbean culture. As Ferreira explains, the inclusion of the fine china, elaborate dining room furnishings, and table decorations are colonial imports that have become an entrenched sign of civility in Caribbean households. But what most interests Ferreira are moments that break that script: a child feeding her father; a group of bodies gathered around–rather than seated at–a table; an ad-hoc meal of finger foods. Table, Manors is an exhibition built on the bedrock of such moments of communal excess and joy.
Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)
Michèle Pearson Clarke
February 12 – May 23, 2022
Exploring the vulnerability of queer female masculinity, Michèle Pearson Clarke: Muscle Memory is the first major solo exhibition in a public gallery for Trinidad-born, Toronto-based artist Michèle Pearson Clarke. Working primarily in photography and video, Clarke examines black and queer experiences of longing and loss, while situating such grief as a site of possibility for social engagement and political connection. Muscle Memory includes a new four-channel video and sound work, Quantum Choir (2022), which reflects the vulnerability of learning to sing as a way to explore the legibility, precarity, and affinity of contemporary queer female masculinity. Also on view is a selection of photographs from her ongoing series of performative self-portraits, The Animal Seems to Be Moving (2018-present).
Safety & Accessibility: Masks and Proof of Vaccination mandatory. The school bus is not accessible, there are 4-5 steps up. All three venues are fully wheelchair accessible. A half-hour will be provided for lunch in downtown Hamilton. Outdoor space available. Bring snacks and water.
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. W, Hamilton, ON
www.artgalleryofhamilton.com | 905-527-6610
Twitter: @theagh, Instagram: @at_theagh
The AGB is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Hamilton Artists Inc. gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Hamilton, Incite Foundation for the Arts, and the generous contributions of its donors, sponsors, partners, and members. The AGH is supported by the City of Hamilton, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts.