Hamilton Now: Subject is the first of two Hamilton themed exhibitions on display here at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Inspired by the deep roots of culture and creativity in Hamilton and the recent influx of so many more artists to the city, Curator of Contemporary Art, Melissa Bennett, has selected the work of eight local artists or artist duos, and takes up the key aspects of who we are and how we manifest ourselves in an increasingly fractured world.
Building on the popular appeal of the 2014 exhibition Painting Hamilton as a highly accessible show that featured the breadth of practices of Hamilton emerging and established artists, Hamilton Now: Subject brings together works in a wide variety of media, including video, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. As the individual artists address their own questions around identity, they reflect on contemporary ways of representing oneself and explore questions of autobiography. Psychological and spiritual perception, generational identity, gender, queer identities and race politics all come together for an absorbing and completely nuanced expression of the art scene in Hamilton today.
The artists featured in Hamilton Now: Subject are Nedda Baba and Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas, Kiera Boult, Lesley Loksi Chan, Masoud Eskandari, John Haney, Becky Katz, Leslie Sasaki, and David Trautrimas. The exhibition closes Sunday, November 18.
We have prepared a selection of interviews to give you more insight into the exhibition and hope to see you here at the AGH this weekend or next!
Interview with Masoud Eskandari
Interview with Nedda Baba and Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas
And in case you missed it – check out this behind-the-scenes video of the installation process of John Haney’s gold Cadillac Eldorado!
On December 8, 2018 we will be opening the doors to the second half of this exhibition, Hamilton Now: Object, with artists Donna Akrey, Christopher Reid Flock, Destiny Grimm, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), Svava Thordis Juliusson, Carmela Laganse, Laura Marotta, Taien Ng-Chan, and Persons!