“YOU KNOW HOW KIM FEELS ABOUT MUTANTS…” by Barbara Iwanczyk and Irena Vormittag, a curious three-day installation by two Polish-Canadian artists from two generations. (Jan. 6, 7, 8.)
BRIAN KELLY: “A picture of me when I was younger” or, “yeah, ok, it’s a lamp.” (Jan. 13-Feb. 19). Brilliantly misbegotten and illumined found-object sculpture for home and office. “Witty and wired!” Elaine Hujer, The Spectator. “The titles of the pieces give clues into the whimsical mind of the artist: ‘Bigger than a trout. Smaller than Sri Lanka’, ‘Hero of the Devolution’, and ‘She winked at me and I knew it wasn’t a good thing.” Laura Hollick, VIEW. (Art Docu Cees vanG.)
“a bit abstract” paintings by Holly Briesmaster, Robert Carley, Tom Cinti, Janice Jackson, Michael Robertson, Anita Weitzman (Feb. 22-Mar. 12). Artists coffee & poppy-seed cake discussion evening Mar. 7.
WE @ YOU ME 2006 (Mar. 17-26).The fourth annual version of V.Jane Gordon’s enhanced classworks at the Dundas Valley School of Art. Ulrike Balke, Willard Boudreau, Theresa Casey, Lorraine Darke, Diana Gordon, Gary Gray, Dean Gugler, M.Fleur-Ange Lamothe, Arlene Laskey, Pamela Leyland, Katherine Slimman, Dean Teague.
YOUR HEALTH. OUR WAY (April 5-9) 4th year students from Dr. Chris Sinding’s Health Studies course “Representations of Health and Illness” at McMaster University presented visual projects based on their research. “Not so much an exposition of art as it was an exploration of illness and disease through the study of social science ideas and what these ideas convey about living with an illness or disease such as AIDS/HIV, breast cancer and schizophrenia.” The work focused on a variety of illnesses and diseases represented through a range of artistic means. Donations solicited for the Hamilton AIDS Network.
STUDIO VISIT (April 16 - 30). Bryce Kanbara uses discarded painted drywall from the upstairs renovation to make and exhibit an installation of 25 wall reliefs entitled “Attic”.
Tree is one kind of sound. Sound, another kind of tree.
(May 5-27) An installation by Nora Hutchinson, with kitchen string, birch-bark, willow branches, snowfall video and crickets soundtrack.
READING HAMILTON (June 9-July 9) Curated by Andrew McPhail. The gallery was an environment reflecting McPhail’s view of the city as a canvas for urban messages: text, commercial signage, graffiti. Featuring: Azul, Bill Pusztai, Chek, Duncan McLaren, Jenn Bedford, Ivan Jurakic, Dave Devries-Kuruc, Gosr, Seri, Relic.
"The work has been applied directly to the gallery walls, extending up to the ceiling, transforming the space into an environmental installation of street alley fever." Laura Hollick, VIEW.
SUMMER BÛ CKÉ T (July 14-Aug 6) Recent works by Robert Yates, Cees van Gemerden, Helen Sovereign, Paul Ropel Morski, Kathy Renwald, Nicola Giles Morreale, Peter Karuna, Donna Ibing, Diane Cizek, Jim Chambers, Wayne Allan
ANATOLIUS (Aug 11-Sept 24) Brian Kelly and Bryce Kanbara build an 8 feet high figurative sculpture in styrofoam in the gallery, as an excercise for a commissioned work for the McMaster University Maths & Stats Department. Imposing, futuristic, the huge figure clutches a book in his right hand. "Please call it Charlton Heston!" (anonymous, guest book)
PETER BECKETT, TOM CINTI, RICHARD GRECK (Oct 13-Nov 5) Three painters with linked by maleness, big abstract painting and Hamilton. Beckett graduated from McMaster University in the 1980s and built a studio and home in the woods in Walter’s Falls; Tom Cinti lives and works above a storefront on King Street East; Richard Greck recently returned to his home town after living and working in Germany for fifteen years.
DECORATING THE GUN LOBBY: the remarkable "furni-sculpture of JAMIE OWEN. Featuring an 11' long, 6' high "entertainment centre" in the form of a revolver housing a TV. Owen's works satirize gun culture in a funny, overblown way. Point, aim, and shoot, this show hits its target…a giant hand gun for a TV stand, a chair made from weapons, baby booties made from bullets, and hand grendaes that are canle-holders. It’s and explosive interior design." (Laura Hollick, VIEW)
GLAD TIDINGS (Dec 8-Jan 6) a seasonal delectation of art and crafts flowing over two adjoining galleries in James North wonderland. Over a hundred works!
Brought to you in cooperation with James North Studio, 328 James St N. Colleen O'Reilly-Lafferty/Jim Chambers