In summer 2012, Hamilton, Ontario’s culturally percolating James St. North saw an important addition to its stretch of interesting little galleries, indie design boutiques, cafés and similar spaces. The Art Gallery of Hamilton opened its new, multi-purpose Design Annex in a nicely renovated 19th-century commercial space.

EN MASSE had the privilege of creating one of the Design Annex’s first installations on site in mid-September, just prior to the madness of the annual James Street Supercrawl (which saw a separate EM team execute an outdoor mural on the side wall of Dr. Disc — see below for more on that).

Raphaële Bard, Rupert Bottenberg, Dan Buller, Julia Dickens, Peter Ferguson and Clayton Hanmer were the six artists who, over a two-day period, filled out seven large shaped-wood globule forms that were then suspended a half-foot out from the brick wall, the dropshadows giving the works dramatic accent. Fellow EMers Jason Botkin and Peru Dyer subsequently painted the show’s title on an eighth globule, bringing the installation together nicely.

The show was received with great enthusiasm by the Hamilton crowd at the opening on Friday, 14 September. A big EM thank-you to Melissa Bennett, Alana Traficante and Cathy Yantsis of AGH/Design Annex, to the magnificent prep and installation team of Paula and Greg, to Hamilton Guest House for accommodations, and to Ola Wlusek and the Supercrawl committee for their support.

Photo credit: Mike Lalich

Design Annex

Hamilton Guest House