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Kim Adams: One for the Road
On view February 8 to May 4, 2014
Organized and circulated by Museum London

click image to enlarge This exhibition surveys Adams’ 30-year career as an inventor of strange new worlds. An enthusiastic assembler of sculptures made from model parts, bikes, trucks, old appliances and equipment, Adams has exhibited throughout Canada and around the world. He has produced drawings and prints, small models, and huge sculptures that re-envision ideas of home, vehicles, and other machines gone humorously awry.

Some of Adams’ works are eccentric and inviting, while others are almost apocalyptic in vision. They describe possible worlds, alternate aesthetics and potential freedoms. Beyond his unique use of materials, his creations explore what art can be through their presentation. Certain sculptures are intended for public display outside the gallery context, becoming a travelling, interactive spectacle in the city streets. The content and context of his works thus challenge conventional ways of thinking about our values, lifestyles, and sense of community.

click image to enlarge Adams won the 2012 Gershon Iskowitz Prize, in recognition of the national and international significance of his body of work. One for the Road includes numerous works from across the breadth of his practice. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication on Adams’ work.

Terrors of the Breakfast Table
a video installation by Tyler Tekatch
On view until May 25, 2014
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art

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Terrors of the Breakfast Table is an experimental video that invites participation. The story follows a boy on a contemplative journey about life and death. Heavily symbolic, it unfolds in an impressionistic way, with interludes of brilliant cinematography and atmospheric sound. The story is also a dreamscape, as the boy weaves in and out of consciousness, visualizing memories, familiar landscapes, and symbolic environments. The piece ruminates on the elusiveness of the mind and body, and the functions of the body—such as breathing—that seem to be invisible.

In a confounding exploration of these ideas, Tekatch designed the video installation so that the visitor’s breath causes changes to the visuals and sound. On the table in the gallery space, subtle technologies sense a viewer’s breath, triggering thought-provoking interactive elements. These include a dream montage, the pace of a scene, the ambient sound, and the brightness of the visuals.

Terrors of the Breakfast Table is Tekatch’s first major art installation. An emerging Hamilton-based artist and filmmaker, Tekatch’s work is positioned within global experimental film practices. Using non-linear narrative and a collaged aesthetic approach, his moving image works are visceral and evocative.

This piece was commissioned within the Interactive Digital Media Incubator program at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, which was made possible with the generous support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Museums and Technology Fund.

‘The Making of Terrors of the Breakfast Table’ video shows the behind the scenes details of how Tyler Tekatch and his team created the interactive video installation.




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Art for a Century: 100 for the 100th
On view until February 22, 2015
Curated by Dr. Benedict Leca, Tobi Bruce and Melissa Bennett

click image to enlarge While the AGH Centennial celebrates the people, spaces and activities that have made the Gallery one of the most dynamic independent art museums in Canada, we should never lose sight of its prized permanent collection, which we hold in trust for the people of Hamilton. As the foundational treasure that propels our enterprise as a museum, the collection ranks among the finest in Canada.

What began 100 years ago with the donation of 29 paintings in memory of Hamilton-born artist, William Blair Bruce, now numbers 10,000 works. While other ‘encyclopedic’ museums present a broader range of objects, the specificity and depth of the AGH collection in three core areas—Canadian historical, Canadian and global contemporary, and European art—are its strength.

Art for a Century: 100 for the 100th, which gathers selected masterpieces from the permanent collection chosen by Dr. Benedict Leca, Director, Curatorial Affairs, Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator of Canadian Historical Art and Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, exemplifies the sustained level of quality of the three collections. From late 19th-century landscapes to masterworks from the Group of Seven, from Baroque masterpieces of Dutch and Italian art to important French 19th-century academic painting, from a full offering of contemporary art of the last decades to a rich selection of African material, the AGH collection covers these significant domains with distinction.

The works presented in this exhibition are arranged to suggest occasional formal or thematic resonances. The display occupying the entire second floor is an invitation to our Members and visitors to wander, discover, and contemplate anew the treasures that will continue to enlighten for the next 100 years and beyond.
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Kim Adams: Bruegel-Bosch Bus
Permanent Installation

click image to enlarge Repeatedly in his work, Canadian artist Kim Adams has explored the patterns of a mobile society, creating works of art that are eccentric hybrids of the readymade. Blending humour, satire and seriousness, he builds “worlds” as a means of social critique. Adams’ installations exist comfortably in the space that divides life and art. His works have been presented in two very different social worlds: in a densely social environment such as a park or street and in a museum setting like the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Neither setting is privileged.

A magnificent visual masterpiece, Bruegel-Bosch Bus consists of a 1960 Volkswagen that appears to pull a post-industrial universe displaying a cornucopia of fantastic and seductive worlds that play with our senses. It was produced over a 7-year span. This futuristic diorama is a permanent fixture in the AGH Sculpture Atrium overlooking the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden, past Hamilton City Hall and the Niagara Escarpment. Reminiscent of a previous installation by Adams titled Earth Wagons that presented a micro-model North American society fixed on leisure and entertainment, the Breugel-Bosch Bus encapsulates the next whole world picture, a world in which reality and unreality, logic and fantasy, banality and sublimation of existence, form an inexplicable unity. This ‘bus’ is a Kubrickesque megalopolis made of icons symptomatic in present society and draws upon urban fantasies, phantasmagoric, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and a plethora of different times and cultures. Buildings from different epochs are aligned side by side and space becomes an imaginary territory where chaos prevails.


The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery
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Women's Art Association of Hamilton 118th Annual Juried Exhibition
On view March 8 to April 27, 2014

It is entirely fitting that on the occasion of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s centennial we should celebrate the achievements of the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton through their annual juried exhibition. As one of Hamilton’s oldest and most important art associations, the WAAH shares longstanding ties with the AGH and indeed played an important role in the founding of our institution one hundred years ago. The strong relationship between WAAH and the AGH continues through the annual hosting of an exhibition of work by WAAH Members, carefully selected by a jury. This popular exhibition is an important means through which the AGH celebrates its longstanding relationship with the WAAH, and we are very pleased to present the 118th annual exhibition in this, our centennial year.

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Featured artists include: Meredith Bingham, Jennifer Harrison, Darcie Kennedy, Elizabeth Lennie, Tor Lukasik-Foss, Ann Manson, Gise Trauttmansdorff and Becca Wallace.

*Please note that as a multipurpose space, the Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery is an area where photography is allowed by patrons and members of the public in accordance with the AGH Photography Policy. Also, the Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery is a space that can be rented for private or corporate functions and therefore may be unavailable for viewing by the public. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you are interested in viewing this space specifically, please call ahead to ensure the exhibition installed is available at 905-527-6610.


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