James Street North’s monthly Art Crawl is in a continual state of transformation that is responding to the evolving neighbourhood it calls home. Over the past eight years, the art seen at these monthly events has spilled out into the public space – occupying empty nooks and open spaces along James Street North. From its inception, Supercrawl sought to celebrate that freedom found outside of a traditional gallery space by exhibiting artwork that challenges expectations, generates curiosity about contemporary art and offers audiences entry to a spectrum of ideas.
Supercrawl is thrilled to continue this momentum this year, through the Hamilton premiere of the work of visual artist Dean Drever. Drever studied sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been shown at White Columns in New York, the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa.
In addition, Zeke Moores and Sean Martindale respond to the streetscape created by Supercrawl. Moores, a Sobey Award nominee in 2011, endeavours to redefine the audience’s conceptions of value with large metal castings of everyday objects. Martindale, an emerging talent from Toronto, creates site-responsive work that questions and engages with festival infrastructure making the audience reevaluate our shared environments.
Supercrawl proudly exhibits and supports many local artists representative of the variety of talent growing within Hamilton’s cultural community. Laura Marotta is a McMaster University Studio Arts alumna with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Guelph who practices out of the Paper Box Studios on Cumberland Avenue in Hamilton. Andrew McPhail’s performance and sculptural works are well recognized in Hamilton; this year he brings his work to a new level through a multi-day community interaction. kírkē represent the next wave of artists living and working in Hamilton that are charting a fresh and exciting course. Marco D’Andrea transforms an alley through a sound installation, while David Collier’s imagery will surprise and delight as festival-goers can read his oversized comics reproduced on the pavement of the street.
Summary of Supercrawl 2014 art projects
Dean Drever (Kingston/Toronto)
In Bear Hunt, Dean Drever draws on the Kodiak, a Haida symbol of supreme physical and supernatural power, as a meditation on power, vulnerability and the nature-culture divide.
Zeke Moores (Windsor)
Moores chooses to monumentalize the (oft-derided) utilitarian port-o-potty to dramatic effect by creating a casting that far removes this object from its plastic origins.
Laura Marotta (Hamilton)
Octagon Shelter is a wood and steel structure with quirky openings. It explores built shapes, positioned somewhere between sculpture and architecture.
Sean Martindale (Toronto)
Martindale’s textile-based intervention playfully responds to the characteristics of the site, questioning the urban environment and prompting the audience to rethink public space at this crucial moment of transformation in downtown Hamilton.
Andrew McPhail (Hamilton)
McPhail’s sequined T-shirts blatantly convey personal and commonly shared insecurities about identities and perceptions.
Marco D’Andrea (Hamilton)
The Mulberry pedestrian corridor will be reimagined as a sound portal full of speakers with an amplified canopy of ambient rhythms.
Natalie Hunter (Waterloo)
Hunter’s ethereal photographic collage explores personal memory and the places of her childhood on the outskirts of Hamilton.
David Collier (Hamilton)
Collier’s graphic work displays the wealth of artistic and literary inspiration he finds in Hamilton; his comics are printed as large images covering the street.
The Cocoon is a sculptural sanctuary within the rush of Supercrawl – an introspective refuge that celebrates the beauty of change.