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