Ghost is a seven by seven foot piece of bed linen, with the word GHOST hand embroidered in white and clear sequins in its center. Or more precisely, the negative space around the word GHOST is embellished with sequins. Alluding to the death bed and the winding-sheet, and through the sequins‚ material association with fashion and glamour, GHOST seeks to conjure the tragic atmosphere surrounding the premature deaths of gay men from AIDS since the 1980s‚ as well as the strange twilight that those of us who survive occupy.
Andrew McPhail is a Canadian artist based in Hamilton Ontario. His craft- and text-based work configures ephemeral materials such as band aids, Kleenex, disposable gloves and other textile related items into installations and performance-based gestures that seek to describe the fragility, pathos and humour of our existence, often referencing his experiences as a person living with HIV.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.