ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON: Hamilton Now Catalogue
Hamilton Now accompanies a two-part exhibition curated by Melissa Bennett that presented the work of seventeen local artists and art collectives at the Art Gallery of Hamilton: Subject was on view from June 22 to November 18, 2018, and Object was on view from December 8, 2018 to May 20, 2019. The catalogue includes texts by Melissa Bennett and Tor Lukasik-Foss that examine the current Hamilton art scene and the dominant concerns explored in the exhibition, such as gender, race, queer identities, family history, psychological and spiritual perception, and architectural explorations of space. Additionally, distinct sections for each artist in the catalogue contain detailed illustrations alongside a text or illustration by the artist.
Featured artists: Nedda Baba and Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas, Kiera Boult, Lesley Loksi Chan, Masoud Eskandari, John Haney, Becky Katz, Leslie Sasaki, David Trautrimas, Donna Akrey, Christopher Reid Flock, Destiny Grimm, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), Svava Thordis Juliusson, Carmela Laganse, Laura Marotta, Taien Ng-Chan, Persons.
Hardcopies are available at the Shop at AGH, or on Amazon for $25. Digital copies can be read on any device, and are now available on Amazon and Google Play for $10.
GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY
AHC Lecture: Objects and Queer Desire by artist Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas
Friday, March 15th 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Event is free and open to the public.
Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas (b. 1986) is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. Her artistic practice is based in developing performative actions that include interactive elements of touch and polysemous queer gestures. She is interested in communal interaction, materiality, tactility, desire, and the potential for objects to function as both symbols of self and surrogates for intimacy. Her talk will explore how themes of objectum sexuality and queer representation function within her artistic practice through bodily interaction with personal and public object archives. “I will expand upon how I utilize touching and moving as gestures to display and strengthen feelings for everyday objects, furniture and items of valued sentiment.”
ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON, AGH TOWN HALL: ARTS AND ACTIVISM
Things that Must be Said, is a performance piece by Nedda Baba and Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas that comments on the differences and similarities between a socially engaged artistic practice and activism. What are the limitations of art? What constitutes a meaningful gesture? Among other actions the performance will feature readings and exchanges with audience members who wish to participate.
This performance will occur as part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s event, AGH Town Hall: Arts and Activism, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 7:00-9:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Entering its 10th year, Supercrawl is taking place September 13-16, 2018 along James Street North. Supercrawl Hamilton is administered by Jordyn Stewart in conjunction with the festival’s Visual Arts Committee (which includes Melissa Bennett, Ivan Jurakic, Annette Paiement, and Carol Podedworny).
An eclectic array of contemporary artists will be showcased — NEDDA BABA & AMBER HELENE MÜLLER ST. THOMAS, VANESSA CROSBIE RAMSAY, ROBERT HENGEVELD, CHRISTOPHER MACLEOD, MEGAN PRESS, and AL RUNT — in both officially curated installations and parallel projects.
Nedda Baba & Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas (Toronto, ON)
A work of performance art, Remembrance Reiterated consisted of writing the names of the 49 victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on the walls of the 519 (a LGBTTIAPQ* community center in Toronto). In paying respect to those victims, the artists also included names of those who lost their lives in similar tragedies around the world, drawing attention to the countless other hate crimes that go unnoticed on a regular basis. The work is documented in a striking mural. The Art Gallery of Hamilton co-presents Remembrance Reiterated in association with its Hamilton Now: Subject exhibition, on view through November 18, 2018.
Tucked Amongst the Bramble
Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas
Thursday, August 9, 2018
6 - 8 pm
Event is free and open to the public
187 Augusta Ave
Community Arts Space
187 Augusta Ave is a wheelchair accessible arts space.
Tucked Amongst the Bramble explores objectum sexuality and queer representation through bodily interaction with personal and public object archives. Throughout their practice, Amber Helene Muller St. Thomas utilizes touching, moving, and sensation as gestures to evoke, display, and strengthen feelings for furniture, valued sentimental things, and everyday objects. This performance encourages audience interaction, spontaneity, and the display of nostalgic attachments.
ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON
Hamilton Now: Subject
June 22 - November 18, 2018
AGH Members Free
NEDDA BABA AND AMBER MÜLLER ST. THOMAS | KIERA BOULT | LESLEY LOKSI CHAN| MASOUD ESKANDARI | JOHN HANEY | BECKY KATZ | LESLIE SASAKI | DAVID TRAUTRIMAS
Curated by Melissa Bennett
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Hamilton Now: Subject is inspired by the deep roots of culture and creativity in Hamilton and the recent influx of so many more artists to the city. The exhibition features the work of eight local artists, 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.
A National Test Market
Oct 13 - Nov 17, 2017
MEAGAN CHRISTOU | CHARLOTTE DICARLO | CALLA DUROSE MOYA | ROBIN LOVE | AMBER HELENE MULLER ST. THOMAS | JEMMA WOOLIDGE
A National Test Market is a group exhibition featuring the work of emerging artists with an established connection - in one way or another - to the Peterborough community. The exhibition’s title refers to city's long and somewhat unknown history as a testing ground for new products and technologies developed by large corporations that – should they be well received by the community - eventually be released for mass consumption across the country. It has been said that Peterborough earned this distinction, as the community’s demographics are representative of other settler communities across the nation, so: what works in Peterborough should work elsewhere. Featuring work by six emerging artists with varying ties to the Peterborough community, A National Test Market does not attempt to define the parameters of the community, but instead offer a glimpse at a specific moment in time.
art( i f)ACTS
Josef Albers / Nedda Baba / Nicole Clouston / Joseph Drapell / Liz Magor / Sheri Nault / Ron Shuebrook / Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas / Erin Vincent / Joyce Wieland / Xuan Ye
& two anonymous artists / artisans
105 Accolade West Building
York University, Keele Campus
Opening reception: Monday, June 5th, 2017 from 4-9PM.
The exhibition runs until June 22nd, 2017.
Curated by Belinda Ho-Yan Kwan
In The Writing of History (1988), Michel de Certeau famously outlines how claims to history and truth act as apparatuses for the contemporary acquisition and execution of power. Contemporary historians, active in the process of interpreting traces of the past, unavoidably insert present and personal stakes into distant, once-embodied events. Historiographic operations therefore write their own contemporary narratives, rather than providing clear-cut access to bygone manifestations.
Using de Certeau’s insight as a point of departure, art( i f)ACTS examines historiography as a radical practice: an active process with the potential to unfold new possibilities for being and knowing, or an exit strategy in response to institutionalized narratives and power relations.
As a case study, contemporary artists hailing from York University’s MFA & PhD Visual Arts programs have been commissioned to explore and respond to the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) collection: Nedda Baba, Nicole Clouston, Sheri Nault, Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas, Erin Vincent, and Xuan Ye extrapolate from works by Josef Albers, Joseph Drapell, Liz Magor, Ron Shuebrook, Joyce Wieland, and two anonymous artists/artisans to develop new artistic formations, and possibly new epistemes, by which to understand the AGYU collection.