Our upcoming and highly anticipated exhibition, That’s So Gay (TSG): Uprising, is here! The Gladstone Hotel’s 8th Annual group show runs from June 12th – August 17th and celebrates new works by LGBTTI2QQ artists curated by Syrus Marcus Ware. One installation we can’t wait for you to see is Andrew McPhail’s ‘Sick and Tired.’ Andrew describes the work and his journey as an artist below.
For the past decade I have been producing work which relates to my experience living with HIV and now feel it is time to reframe that conversation for myself. As a long term survivor of the AIDS epidemic I am now learning to cope with the mundane issues of aging which I never thought I would have to manage. SICK & TIRED is at once a call to action and an admission of defeat, an attempt to give voice to the sense of vigour and weariness which coexist in any uprising. The laborious materiality of applying thousands of sequins by hand and the tenacity required for such a futile endeavour satisfies the ambiguity I feel after twenty-five years of living with HIV.
Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He was born in Calgary Alberta in 1961 and studied at York University where he received his MFA in 1987. Living in Toronto in the 1980’s and 90’s his work focused primarily on drawing, often with pencil crayon on a polyester film called mylar. After moving to Hamilton in 2005, his practice shifted towards three dimensional work, performance and painting. His accumulative, craft oriented work reconfigures disposable materials such as band-aids, Kleenex and pins into large sculpture and installations. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2013 was the recipient of the Canada Council International Studio in Paris. He is also cofounder, with Stephen Altena, of the Hundred Dollar Gallery in Hamilton, Ontario.
Exhibition Dates: June 12th – August 17th Opening Night: Thursday, June 22nd, 7-10pm