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At The Gallery / Clinging by Sylvan Hamburger

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - April 11 @ 5:00 pm PST

February 28th – April 11th 2024, Massy Arts will host, Clinging, a window installation by Vancouver-based visual artist Sylvan Hamburger.

Clinging places the imagery of two fires within the former storefront windows of the historic Ming Wo building. Respectively entitled Wall Fire and Stage Fire, the images are composed of 66 relief prints on handmade paper created while the artist was working at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2019. These works explore the possibilities of pattern, print and papermaking as a means of creating theatrical imagery that envelops the viewer in its scale, colour and composition. The resulting installation upholds the image of fire as a symbol of tension and transformation within imagined locations; whether on a wall or on a stage, the fire is caught between its dependence upon and consumption of a burning space as a means of brightness.

Throughout the work’s creation and installation, the form of Clinging engages imagery as a phenomenon similarly caught between how it appears (as a whole) and what it is (an assemblage of parts and a part itself). The exhibited works are an amalgamation of suspended sheets of poster-sized paper made from the pulp of thrifted graphic T-shirts. Like a puzzle, the irregular paper was individually printed using jigsaw woodblocks that broke each colour into separate pieces before being inked and pieced back together on a letterpress. The prints now hang tentatively together in the gallery windows, held in the brief space between coherence and dissolution.

This project is supported by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver + First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

The Massy Arts Gallery is located at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.
Entrance is free, and masks are mandatory.

To contact the gallery, send an email to: info@massyarts.com.

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The Artist

Sylvan Hamburger is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation and community collaboration. He is based in his childhood community of East Vancouver within the unceded homelands of the Xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Sylvan has completed residencies and exhibited across North America, including projects with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (AB), Vancouver Maritime Museum (BC), Queen Elizabeth Theatre (BC), The Rooms Museum (NF), Malaspina Printmakers (BC), SNAP Gallery (AB), and the Port Moody Arts Centre (BC). Since 2020, he has facilitated numerous community-based art projects with the City of Vancouver. Sylvan is the recipient of the BMO First Art Award, the BC Arts Council’s Individual Arts Award, and Canada Council Explore and Create grants. He is currently completing public art commissions for Vancouver’s The WALL Plaza and the forthcoming Mount Pleasant Subway Station.

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February 28 @ 12:00 pm PST
April 11 @ 5:00 pm PST


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