Kara Hamilton

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Kara Hamilton (b. 1967, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) explores the agency of material using mostly found or discarded matter. She works in a variety of mediums: sculpture, drawing in two and three dimensions, and jewelry. With a background in visual art, design, and architecture, Hamilton’s works live at the intersection of these disciplines, decontextualizing materials and forms in order to create new spatial narratives. She often begins her making process by thinking about design parameters, such as space and utility, and applies these concepts to unexpected materials. As a result, what Hamilton calls “critical decoration” questions what we consider to be intrinsic material value.

Hamilton received her BFA from Concordia University in 1989, her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of British Columbia in 1993, and her MFA from Yale University in 1999. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at spaces such as MKG127, Toronto (2019); Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (2017); EFA Project Space, New York (2016); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2015); Kunstverein Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2014); Front Gallery, Houston (2013); Taut and Tame, Berlin (2013); Salon 94, New York (2012); and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga (2012). In 2018, she had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled Water in Two Colours. Hamilton is also the co-director of Kunstverein Toronto. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Maximilion L

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Maximilion L, 2019

Concrete, steel, sterling silver, pyrite, bone

16" X 13" X 10"
40.64cm X 33.02cm X 25.4cm

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Guess Thums Up

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Guess Thums Up, 2019

Shoe, can, concrete

9" X 8.1" X 3"
22.86cm X 20.57cm X 7.62cm

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mediator 6

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mediator 6, 2019

Brass

3.5" X 2.5" X 3"
8.89cm X 6.35cm X 7.62cm

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mediator 3

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mediator 3, 2019

Brass

5" X 4" X 2"
12.7cm X 10.16cm X 5.08cm

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mediator 2

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mediator 2, 2019

Brass

3.5" X 7.8" X 2"
8.89cm X 19.81cm X 5.08cm

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descendant

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descendant, 2019

Wood concrete, wire, tie

35" X 17" X 10"
88.9cm X 43.18cm X 25.4cm

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frequency

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frequency, 2019

Framed works on paper and white gloves

Dimensions variable

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utterance 2

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utterance 2, 2019

concrete, trumpets, trombone, LED

16" X 17" X 21"
40.64cm X 43.18cm X 53.34cm

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utterance 1

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utterance 1, 2019

concrete, french horn, trumpets, plastic tube, LED

11" X 26" X 25"
27.94cm X 66.04cm X 63.5cm

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Nothing is Wild

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Nothing is Wild, 2019

Wood pallet, broken brass instruments, textiles

53" X 54" X 32"
134.62cm X 137.16cm X 81.28cm

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Water in two colours

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Water in two colours, 2018 - 2019

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

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Curtain Wall

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Curtain Wall, 2017

Tyndall stone

13" X 7.5" X 2.5"
33.02cm X 19.05cm X 6.35cm

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Gift. Provenance: Unknown

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Gift. Provenance: Unknown, 2011

Installation at Salon 94, New York City, New York

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Jamaica

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Jamaica, 2012

14K Gold

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Someone Special

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Someone Special, 2012

14K gold

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Amber Wall

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Amber Wall, 2016

Brass

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Speaking Alarms

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Speaking Alarms, 2016

Storyboard of found photos

13" X 21"
33.02cm X 53.34cm

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Perfect Vision On Reflection

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Perfect Vision On Reflection, 2016

Glasses, Herkimer diamonds mined by the artist, mirror

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SAFE

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SAFE, 2016

Found metal chain

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