“You seem to be where I belong.”|
March 28 - May 2, 2015
Peering around unassuming corners and down quiet roads, Jason Brown’s images present an unexpected view on how our sometimes out-of-date and sometimes out-of-place occupation of the Canadian landscape connects and brings us together as a society.
Having grown up in a small town in Northern Ontario, the images recall memories of Brown’s childhood, when the ideology of the landscape and built environment was not always based on something new, well-designed, or planned. Currently, Brown resides in Toronto, living under the pressures of Canada’s largest urban centre, this series represents an escape, from where he is today; a reconnection with landscapes and environments that was left behind. At its essence, this body of work is a reflection on the Canadian landscape and small town life – laying bare a country that is in one light authentic and charming, and in another troubled and enigmatic.
The Printed Page: Book Illustrations by Jacqui Oakley
May 8 - August 29, 2015
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGH
Jacqui Oakley | Shear Murder 2014 | ink and digital colour | Published by Harlequin
Hamilton-based Jacqui Oakley’s painted images have been circulating the globe in such widely recognized publications as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Penguin Books, National Geographic, Amazon, and most recently as illustrations in re-releases of the complete novels of Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes and the works of L.M. Montgomery, including Anne of Green Gables.
Featured at the AGH Design Annex will be selections of Oakley’s original paintings, never-before shown to the public, exhibited alongside the books themselves. Highlighting their contemporary yet nostalgic style, and Oakley’s adept use of mixed media techniques, the exhibition allows us a behind the scenes view into the graphic design process through the presentation of Oakley’s source paintings, works of art in their own right.
Jacqui Oakley was born and currently lives in Canada, but spent her formative years watching BBC reruns and animé in Bahrain, England, Zambia, and Libya. She teaches in the illustration program at OCAD University in Toronto.
The Design Annex exhibition space features experimental contemporary art installations by artists from Hamilton and farther afield. Exhibition receptions are held on the second Friday of each month during the James Street North Art Crawls.
The Design Annex provides artists with a new location in which to present works in all media, including new media. The space welcomes Hamilton residents and visitors to engage with contemporary art in a highly visible and accessible venue in the heart of Hamilton’s James Street North Arts District.