An exhibition and site-specific installation by Hamilton-based artist Matt McInnes.
Worker’s Cottage involves a simple cottage made of wood and paper, based on historic neighbourhood buildings. Visitors can enter the cottage and walk up a set of steps to look through a window and see the view of the city. Screen-printed images of landscapes in Hamilton’s North End fill the adjacent walls.
Hamilton’s North End has long been associated with working class people and includes many existing cottages that were built to house settlers who could afford simple accommodations. The unique sight-line provided by a large gallery window shows elements of a wide variety of commercial, industrial and residential development spanning decades of Hamilton’s history.
This work is presented as an opportunity to reflect on the precarious position of the working-class labourer in a complex contemporary landscape.
Join us for the opening reception of Matt McInnes: Worker’s Cottage on Friday, February 12th from 7-10 pm.
Matt McInnes is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design with a diploma in Fine Art and a focus in printmaking. His current work uses drawing and traditional print media to visually document hybridized landscapes and buildings in transition located in the southern Ontario region. Matt works as a print technician for the NuSteel program at Centre 3 in Hamilton.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with Hamilton Winterfest 2016.