Hamilton-based artists’ collective TH&B has constructed an idiosyncratic aerial view of the Great Lakes mounted on a large-scale billboard installed on the wall of the AGH foyer. Part of their ongoing exploration and mapping of the Great Lakes and escarpment through a variety of artworks and actions, Declaration is at once a sculptural assemblage and a performative surface onto which the team affixes multiple layers of material and meaning.
Created from salvaged materials, the work presents the world’s largest inland source of fresh water as a topographic image that evokes a kind of patchwork geography, suggesting sources of water, geology, modes of transportation, advertising and industrial processes. The artists will embody the cumulative nature of the social and environmental issues as they continue construction of the lakes throughout the duration of this exhibition.
TH&B is the collaborative partnership of Hamilton-based artists Simon Frank, Dave Hind, Ivan Jurakic and Tor Lukasik-Foss.
Header Image: TH&B, Declaration (detail), 2018, mixed media installation. Courtesy of the Artists.