Supercrawl Art Packs a Vibrant Punch in 2016

Entering its eighth season, Supercrawl (September 9-11, 2016) continues to inspire and delight lovers of arts and culture with the announcement of the exhibiting artists for this year’s urban arts and music festival.

Supercrawl has always aimed to celebrate the freedom and vitality found in Hamilton’s creative sector, whose work has historically stepped outside of traditional gallery space to challenge expectations, generate curiosity about contemporary art and offer audiences entry to a spectrum of ideas. Supercrawl builds on that tradition with a slate of festival programming that will challenge, confound and delight audiences. An eclectic array of contemporary artists will be showcased, in both officially curated installations as well as a handful of parallel projects.


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Donna Akrey (Hamilton, ON)

CLOUD will allow festival-goers to become weather-makers, pushing an absurdist form of cloud cover up and down the festival route.

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Jefferson Campbell-Cooper (Hillsburgh, ON)

Fabricated from salvaged farm equipment, Sweeper is a pedal-powered machine that will travel the festival route, animated by a crew of municipal performers in reflective vests.


Anitra Hamilton (Toronto, ON)

Through an imposing image hovering over James Street North, Cock Robin comments on the human history of violence, and our capacity to both create and destroy.

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Nathalie Quagliotto  (Toronto, ON)

Through a suggestive turn of phrase spelled out in neon, Showing Off confronts passersby with their own perceptions of maturity and exchange.

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Site 3 Fire Arts (Toronto, ON)

Try your hand at Riskee Ball, a reimagined arcade staple that blasts fire from targets when points are scored — the higher the score, the bigger the fire.

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Tyler Tekatch & Drew MacEachern (Hamilton, ON)

Arche will bathe the solid sandstone of Christ Church Cathedral’s facade in a colourful projection after dark, transforming it into a sublime, illuminated canvas.

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José Luis Torres (Quebec City, QC)

The monumental installation Overflows will simultaneously seduce and unsettle viewers, pointing to our excessive consumption while alluding to our collective insecurities.

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C. Wells (Hamilton, ON)

Spanning two sites along the festival route, STUTTER: LOOK LEFT, LOOK RRIGHT explores line, space and place, and documents a poetic act of labour situated within and outside the confines of art.

In addition to these officially curated installations, Supercrawl 2016 also hosts several parallel projects.


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Reece Terris (Vancouver, BC)

For his site-specific installation 3rd Stage, Terris will construct an empty performance stage in Hamilton Artists Inc.’s ArcelorMittal Dofasco courtyard. Devoid of the musicians or artists featured during Supercrawl, this staging of empty spectacle will integrate advanced lighting systems , and pyrotechnics that go off periodically throughout the installation. Project support comes from Incite Foundation and Hamilton Community Foundation. The artist also wishes to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Laura Marotta (Hamilton, ON)

Bead Maze is a monumental piece comprised of brightly coloured beads made from powder-coated steel stationed along three metal tubes that animate by curving, snaking, and spiraling through space. The project was commissioned by the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx.  

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Red Tree Artists’ Collective (Hamilton, ON)

Enraged, Inertia ran off is an intervention in public space by the Red Tree Artists' Collective — 10 women artists (Amelia Jiménez (1949-2016), Hitoko Okada, Ingrid Mayrhofer, Lynn Hutchinson Lee, Vessna Perunovic, Erika DeFreitas, Insoon Ha, Elaine Whittaker, Wing-Yee Tong and Sandra Brewster) whose site-specific pieces respond to the visual space that is projected by empty signposts. Curated by Rita Camacho Lomeli. Project support comes from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.  

Pictured above: Vessna Perunovic, Homage to Mother, 2016 (top) and Amelia Jiménez,Passage of Time, 2016 (bottom).

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Pete Fowler (London, UK)

Cardiff-born artist Pete Fowler roams the worlds of music, illustration, toy design, printmaking, painting, art direction and commercial projects through his art. He will be undertaking a large-scale mural painting on the western façade of 20 Wilson St.

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Culture for Kids in the Arts (Hamilton, ON)

Artasia 2016 celebrates the art of Listening by creating large-scale quilts and a book installation that pose questions to both the participants and the public: Why is it important to actively listen? What can happen when you listen? Let your voice be woven into hands-on visual arts activities, responding to the stories in person and on social media. Project support comes from the Ontario Arts Council.

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Experience the Arts

There’s no better way to understand Hamilton's incredible arts story than to experience it first-hand at Supercrawl.  This year, for the first time, visitors can get up close and personal with the Hamilton arts community by engaging in a number of free and ticketed events organized by Tourism Hamilton and taking place on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11. Free events include guided walking tours of James Street North from multiple perspectives, as well as artist demonstrations designed to provide a taste of various art disciplines. Ticketed events include artist-led, hands-on workshops that immerse participants in the art of creation, and presented at various locations along James Street North. These events were developed in partnership with Centre[3] and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

For detailed program information and to purchase workshop tickets, visit Space is limited, so register or buy early to avoid disappointment.

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