Spring 2024 Programming at Hamilton Artists Inc.

Nostalgia Without Memory, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

Still Lives in Transition
Sangmin Lee

April 19 – June 1, 2024
Opening reception: Friday, April 19, 7 – 10 pm

Still Lives in Transition arranges an ongoing collection of made/modified/found objects where abundance is made within limitation.

Each object is like a memory that is carried forward. From homes to suitcases, between studio, exhibition, storage, and back, this accumulation of objects adapts to the uncertainty of place. Arranged together, they describe how the past is always negotiated in the present—A recollection that reimagines possibilities.

It inhabits the contradictions between architecture and ornamentation, nature and construction, individual and collective memories. They are constellations in search of meaning, ecosystems unrooted, still lives in transition, seeking moments of stillness.

Sangmin Lee was born and raised in St. James Town (Toronto, Canada), one of the densest high-rise communities in Canada. It is an offshoot of Towers in the Park, a model of modern dwellings invented by Le Corbusier. With thoughts of utopia, it was meant to accommodate large populations with little room else for infrastructure and ornamentation. Despite its shortcomings, St. James Town is now one of the most ethnically rich neighborhoods in Canada and is sometimes known as “the world within a block.”

Somewhere between these concrete enclosures and lived space, between drywall and parquet floor tiles, are the stories of cultural survival that centers Lee’s practice. Here, he looks to process, the unfixed, the tangential, and beyond—to wander peripherally into the margins and towards expansive narratives.

Space for Artists
Artists discuss the cost of living crisis and disappearing space

In-person Conversation: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6 – 7:30 pm

Join exhibiting artist Sangmin Lee, and HAVN collective members Ariel Bader-Shamai and Sahra Soudi for a conversation on making art during a cost of living crisis as space for artists disappears. Whether rent is raised and artists are priced out of their studio space, or the DIY venue artists used to exhibit in or play music in shuttered their doors, living and working as an artist is becoming more challenging. Exhibiting artist Sangmin Lee’s artwork is influenced by his upbringing in Canada’s largest high rise community known as St. James Town. His current exhibition raises questions of space as he lives and works across two of North America’s most expensive cities; Toronto and New York. Using Sangmin’s exhibition as a jumping off point, panelists discuss the realities facing working artists in Hamilton today as it relates to the cost of living, studio space, art venues, third spaces and housing.

Total Eclipse of the Art, 2024, Hamilton Artists Inc.

Total Eclipse of the Art
Carmella Dolmer, Gareth Long, Olivia Brouwer, Natalie Hunter, Vick Naresh, Stephanie Vegh, Joni Cheung (Snack Witch), stylo starr, Moma Dada and Nicole Levaque

April 12 – 13, 2024
Reception: Friday, April 12, 2024, 7 – 10 pm during April Art Crawl

(Turn around)
Every now and then we get a little bit restless
and we host a fundraiser exhibition and sale!
(Turn around)
Every now and we get a little bit lonely
so our fundraiser coincides with our annual general meeting!

In honour of the solar eclipse the Inc proudly presents Total Eclipse of the Art. And we need you more than ever! Take an artwork home with you and together we can take it to the end of the line, the annual fundraising budget line that is. And if you hold your artwork tight, the Inc will be in operation forever!

As an artist-run centre, Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) empowers artists of all career levels to take risks with their contemporary visual arts practices and present their work in a critical context.

We are open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday 12 – 5 pm, Friday 12 – 6 pm and Saturday 12 – 5 pm.

Accessibility: The Inc. is an accessible venue. Click here for detailed information.

Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9
www.theinc.ca | 905.529.3355

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Sanaa Humayun, Programming Director

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