BRYCE KANBARA: Cut-outs in progress Jan 8-Feb 7 Plywood cut-outs created by projecting, enlarging, tracing small gesture drawings of birds and animals. “Bryce Kanbara’s enlargements of frenetic bestial drawings are among his better works - his painted array of similarly rendered birds was a highlight of November’s Crawl - which makes it especially difficult to see these forms treated with such casual contempt by both artist and gallerist in one…As an added kick in the face, the excess pieces of wood were still piled up in the gallery. They were trying to make a break for it behind the donuts...” Stephanie Vegh, blog, James North Art Crawl: January.
CLARISSA INGLIS: Go Forth and Multiply Feb 12–Mar 7 Premiere presentations of installation-pieces based on travels in Mexico. “The ‘creepie-crawlie’ imagery is echoed in Inglis’ installation piece, Credo. Dollar-store plastic snakes and spiders occupy the lower half of a large net suspended from spherical golden wall mountings. the top half is full of expensive gold leaf floral ribbons. Heaven versus earth. Male godhead light versus female darkness.” Jeff Mahoney, “Artist’s work a lifetime in the making”, Hamilton Spectator Feb 17, 2010.
DAVID BRACE: Definitely (Maybe) New work 2008-2010. Mar 12-April 4 “Brace looks at issues of art and the wall, and, beyond the wall, art and its infrastructure…(they) recall the tradition of fresco…though Brace paints mostly on mixtures of drywall, wood, plywood and plaster…the results are meant to suggest something fragmentary, damaged, perhaps even vandalized or spray-painted and/or built over. There is something almost archeological about them.” Jeff Mahoney, “Art needs wall, wall needs art”, Hamilton Spectator, March 19, 2010.
We@youme (7) April 12-May 2 Installations by Barbara Townsend, Kathleen Pearson, Jennifer Boucher, Liz Grandy, Katherine Slimman.
STILL LIFE: photoworks by Jennifer Hambleton, Leo Davis, Fleur-Ange Lamothe May 7-June 6 “…a thought provoking experience with the works of the three artists unsettling the preconceptions one might have, based on the title alone. In their stillness these creatures speak quietly to us of the wonder, beauty, and fragility of life.” Arlene Lasky. “Among the many group shows that pass across the walls at You Me Gallery, ‘Still Life’ is among the most seamless in recent memory, showing predominantly photo-based works that test the boundary of animal mortality in a way that makes me want to walk Ola Wlasuk’s essay down the road for an even better conceptual fit.” Stephanie Vegh blog, James North Art Crawl, May.
GEORGE WALLACE’S Educational Experiment June 11-July 4 Wallace taught at McMaster University, 1960-85, moved to Victoria, B.C., died 2009. Ten years ago, his 24’h outdoor sculpture “The Educational Experiment”(1969) at Mohawk College, Hamilton was taken down, dismantled, and stored because of rusting corten-steel. Five figurative fragments on display courtesy of Mohawk College, along with a selection of Wallace’s prints.
A Week at Rice Lake, photographs by MICHEL PROULX July 9-Aug 8 “Proulx, who prints his images on vinyl, comes up close to the lake’s surface…Each image captures a particular moment in time, so it has its own distinctive colours and patterns, created by changes in weather, light and movement.” Regina Haggo,”Taking the Lake”, Hamilton Spectator,July 24/10.
HIP HOP HOMAGE, the art of EKLIPZ Aug 13 – Sept 5 Fifty painted portraits of the biggest icons of the genre … including Ludacris,Dr.Dre,Kanye West,Public Enemy,The Fugees, Eminem,Notorius,Tupac,Queen Latifah,Busta Rhymes,Ice-T,Snoop Dogg, etc. “also a book…featuring not only the 50 portraits in the show, but also photographs and philosophical reflections on peace, justice and connection, as embodied in music and art.” Jeff Mahoney, Hamilton Spectator,”Paying Homage to hip-hop and its icons” Aug 25/10
japanese poems: wall reliefs by Bryce Kanbara Sept 12 – Oct 3/10. medium: drywall, wood. paint. “Unapologetic; coming from a certain Disquietism?” Russell Brown.
par 3: paintings by LESLIE SASAKI, CORINNE DUCHESENE, KIRSTON ABRAHAMSON Oct 12 – Nov 7/10 Sasaki’s deftness extends from his spry brushwork to his playful take on the concepts of form and content in paintings such as “Walking on Eggshells” and “Homage to S.J.G”. They complement the unabashed flambuoyance of Duchesne’s grand gestures on mylar (“Horse Legs”, “Blazing Cherry”), and the melancholy of Abrahamson’s “Waiting for transplant”, which is a fantasy about Nature and its absorption of the human heart. bk