Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton ON, L8P 4S8
Spanning nearly five years of work by Hamilton-based photographer Joseph Hartman, The Artist’s Studio is an exhibition of large-format photographs of studio interiors shot around the country. These photos provide rare behind-the-scenes views into the production spaces of some of Canada’s most well-known contemporary artists, such as Pierre Dorian, Robert Davidson, Wanda Koop, Duane Linklater, Kent Monkman, Mary Pratt and John Scott, alongside more emerging practices.
The artist’s studio can be a sacred place, a vacuum, a social gathering site, a habitat of personal anguish or growth—sometimes all these things at once. It is an intimate space where an artist creates the objects that will publicly represent their practice—the factory where work is made and sometimes also the stage that presents it. For all its complex ingredients, the studio is essentially a portrait of the artist.
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