Congratulations to OCAD U Photo Alumni Miles Collyer on his upcoming exhibition with Leigh Bridges at Paul Petro Contemporary Art!

September 9 – October 8, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday September 9, 7-10pm. Artists present.

Miles Collyer Rumble Seven 2016 inkjet print, edition of three 16 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches

Miles Collyer, Rumble Seven 2016 inkjet print, 16 ¼” x 10 ¼ “

The photographic series Rumble is a document of civilian deconstruction, wreckage artefacts, scarred and stirred urban landscapes. The work follows Collyer’s recent solo exhibition at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, how do you surrender to a drone?; an installation of interrelated artworks that included painted metal sculptures, experimental photo–based forms and large photographic murals adhered directly to the gallery walls.

In Rumble, Collyer draws parallels between isolated surface details found in local demolition zones to the static aftermath of warfare and aerial bombardment depicted in satellite and drone photography. He associates the qualities of his captured images to those observed in the media, intending for his photography to act as a proxy in a study of ballistic targeting and depopulated territory. These are landscapes which, possibly only moments prior, experienced the piercing of their condition or some related violation. A connection to a referenced circumstance is drawn through an aesthetic condition shared between surfaces.


Miles Collyer (b. Toronto, 1983) is a visual artist who works with images and sculpture to challenge the traditional boundaries of photographic practice and aesthetics. His work commonly examines socio-political matters and references visual sources located in the media. Most recently he explores specific materials, forms and surfaces and their potential to resonate the condition of contemporary conflict in the absence of an explicit narrative or subject.

Collyer’s work has been published and exhibited across Canada. Selected group exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth); Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney); Open Space (Victoria, BC); and The Power Plant (Toronto, ON). His photographic mural was included in the exhibition Showroom at the University of Toronto Art Museum (2016). Collyer currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, and is the Career Development Coordinator at OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

Canadian artist Leigh Bridges lives and works in Winnipeg and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Victoria. Bridges was based in Berlin from 2005 to 2007. While in Germany, her exploration of collage vis a vis painting developed in dialogue with the “Leipzig School”, with a particular emphasis on aspects of the sublime in landscape depictions. Bridges’ most recent work both expands and complicates these established directions, intersecting modernist forms, schema for do-it-yourself sustainable technology, and landscape.

Additional information about Leigh’s practice and work on display