TH&B is the creative partnership of Simon Frank, Dave Hind, Ivan Jurakic and Tor Lukasik-Foss, a group of visual artists working out of the Hamilton area. Resuscitating the moniker of the defunct railway that once serviced the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo rail corridor (1895-1987), the team collaborates on the development of site- responsive installations and interventions that reference existing forms of natural, municipal and industrial infrastructure. Ranging from telephone poles to hydro towers to billboards, our projects make use of these ubiquitous yet routinely overlooked markers as platforms for sculptural installations that address the awkward intersection between urban and rural boundaries. Collaborating on all aspects of authorship and production we approach each project as fieldwork, investigating the entangled post- industrial ecology that we inhabit.
Tor Lukasik-Foss is a multidisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer. His hybrids of performance and sculptural installations have been shown as one of the official projects of Toronto’s 2014 Nuit Blanche, as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday events (2014), as well as in solo exhibitions for Rodman Hall Art Centre, Latcham Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton and Thames Public Art Gallery, and more. He has developed performances for the Factory Media Arts Centre (Hamilton), the creative think tank Dodolab, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Cambridge Galleries, WKP Kennedy Gallery, McMaster Museum of Art , the Spasm II Contemporary Art Festival, Saskatoon, and more. He has been awarded two commissions for public art by the City of Hamilton (1995, 2004), and has recently been hired by the City of Hamilton to develop and oversee a public art call for Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster, ON. The artist has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, been awarded the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award for Visual Arts, 2008 Visual Arts Award from the City of Hamilton, a 2009 Hamilton Music Award (Best Male Artist) as well as several grants from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Dave Hind is an artist, fabricator and maker of functional objects. His practice is grounded in the reclamation and reuse of industrial materials. He also collaborates with an extended network of Hamilton area artists making work as the Aluminum Quilting Society. His work has been exhibited throughout Canada, the United States and Japan including the Elora Centre for the Arts, Cambridge Sculpture Garden, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Cambridge Galleries, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Elgin House and Burlington Art Centre. His work was awarded Best in Show at the 44th and 46th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. He lives and works in Brantford, Ontario.
Simon Frank is a visual artist investigating the complex relationship between nature and culture. He obtained an Honours BA from the University of Guelph in 1991. He has developed exhibitions and outdoor installations for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Koffler Gallery, Royal Botanical Gardens, WKP Kennedy Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga, McMaster Museum of Art, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, and The Tree Museum. His durational performance “Burrman” was part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013. A permanent street installation “Concrete Poetry” was commissioned for Locke Street North by the City of Hamilton. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Ivan Jurakic is a visual artist and the Director/Curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. His artwork explores aspects of intellectual and historical obsolescence. He has an Honours BA from the University of Guelph and an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has exhibited his work in Canada and the United States at Art Spin, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gallery 44, Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery, Artcite, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, McMaster Museum of Art and has developed site-specific outdoor installations for the Royal Botanical Gardens, CAFKA.05 and Ice Follies. He is a recipient of multiple grants from the Ontario Arts Council.