February 5 – February 28, 2015
TRACES, an exhibition of work by McMaster alumni, K. Jennifer Bedford, Carlos Granados-Ocon and Stephanie Vegh. The exhibition provides a counterpoint to Hamilton Artists Inc.’s awards exhibition, IGNITION 3, featuring the work of four outstanding graduating students from McMaster University’s Studio Art program.
Each of the artists in TRACES engage with elements of the past, and in effect, critique the flow of information. My series of photographs coerce the viewer into an intimate depiction of rural and suburban houses around Hamilton. Obsolete television antennae connect the series, their signals long dead. The choice of winter scenes further a symbolic connection to time, silence and ephemerality. In a time when technology is constantly shifting, each new iteration threatening and outpacing the last, this body of work functions as another kind of archive, reminding us of a time when no one questioned the longevity of this particular medium. Never yielding to authority, by drawing on, engaging with, and critiquing these trace elements of the past, each of the artists in this exhibition acknowledge these structures and frameworks from a contemporary perspective.