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Things Made Here: The Glen Faulman Collection
January 31 – March 21, 2015
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGH and Tara Bursey, Independent Curator

Glen Faulman and his Studebakers. Photo: Ian Walker.

Glen Faulman (AKA The Hamilton Kid) is a 10th generation Hamiltonian and a 3rd generation steelworker. He is also part owner of This Ain’t Hollywood on James Street North—needless to say he has great pride in this city, and in particular, the things made here. Glen’s goal is to collect “an artifact from every manufacturing plant that ever operated in Hamilton,” which would be a number approaching a thousand.

On view at the AGH Design Annex are selections from his extensive collection of objects made in Hamilton. From a late 19th century sewing machine produced at a factory formerly located at James Street North and Vine Street, to a stunning Hamilton cash register made on James Street North at Colbourne, to nail samples and graphic ads for soda pop and beer, these everyday artifacts will be familiar to long-time Hamiltonians. They are a stunning introduction for those less familiar. Three types of objects are on display: graphic designs used commercially, the things themselves that were produced, and the things to make things with, such as nails and other components.

At the AGH Design Annex, we provide a platform for contemporary local designers. This exhibition will situate newer pieces in the context of historic local production, with the goal of celebrating those aspects of graphic and industrial design that have stood the test of time.

This exhibition is presented in association with On the Waterfront, a Hamilton Winterfest exhibition that is part of the Winterfest Kick Off event on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Pier 8. The Winterfest program encourages Hamiltonians to celebrate the beauty of the winter season by engaging in activities throughout the city February 7 to 16. www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca

Join us on Friday, February 13th from 7-11pm at the Design Annex during the James Street North Art Crawl for the opening reception of Things Made Here: The Glen Faulman Collection! Come enjoy DJ Johnny Angel with his '78 Spin Out and meet Glen Faulman, the man of the hour!

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.


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.


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