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Dianne Davis: Niagara Palimpsest

Dianne Davis, 2017

Dianne Davis, 2017

Come to Harbourfront Centre on Friday, June 23rd, 6-10pm to congratulate Photo alumna  Dianne Davis on the opening of Niagara Palimpsest, curated by Patrick Macaulay! 

Niagara Palimpsest is an alternate portrait of Niagara Falls, a place that is difficult to “see” because its myriad iconic images cloud our imagination. Growing up just a short distance from the Falls I often wondered about the natural world of this ‘natural wonder’.  Recently, while researching for a shoot in the area, I stumbled upon two anonymous school notebooks from 1891 containing pressed plants from the areas that now comprise the City of Niagara Falls. Taken in by the aesthetic quality of the pressings, I felt compelled to track down each of the 178 plants to uncover their fate – what survives, and what has been lost?

As I investigated each plant in this way, I began imagining the amateur botanist who had inhabited, tracked and named this same natural world, and I began drawing parallels between us. In her time the areas around the Falls and its riverbanks had only recently been stripped of trees. It is impossible to know whether she wondered about what had already been lost, or if she sensed the trajectory of things to come. Following in her footsteps, and impelled by the same compulsion to research, name and preserve, in the end I came to question these same impulses. What ends do they ultimately serve? Ultimately perhaps, our work can only attest to the “natural” history of the Falls, giving evidence of how significantly we have shaped this land.

I would like to acknowledge that the land from which these plants were gathered is the traditional territory of Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.

– Dianne Davis

 Harbourfront Centre
Opening reception: Friday, June 23, 6-10pm

The exhibition continues to Sept 17, 2017
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Dianne Davis is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Toronto. She explores the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. Davis uses images to puncture the sense of inevitability that often informs the landscape and make it difficult to read and deconstruct its artifice.  She has exhibited widely and her work is in the permanent collection of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado and Union Investment Real Estate based in Hamburg, Germany. Davis holds a MEng and a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MA from Concordia University and a BFA in Photography from OCAD University. She is the recipient of Emerging Visual Artist Grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. Davis was born and raised in Chippawa (Niagara Falls, Ontario). Niagara Palimpsest is dedicated to the Nicol sisters of Niagara Falls.

 

LandMarks Opening + Free Bus!

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LandMarks: Art+Places
denaturalizing nationhood, one story at a time.

 Exhibit dates: June 23-25, 2017
Location: Rouge National Park
Opening: Friday June 23, 11 am, Rouge Beach

 Participating artists: Abigail Permell, Cassandra Smyth, Debora Puricelli, Dimitra Roussakis, Kaiatanoron Bush, Lizz Khan, Natasha Hirt, Robin Love,  Tia Cavanagh, Yawen Ginger Guo and Vishal Luthra.

 Free Bus Charter from OCAD University to Rouge Park
Bus leaves from OCAD University 100 McCaul St at 10 AM and returns at 4 PM
(Rouge Beach currently only accessed via waterfront trail that begins at Rouge Hill GO Station.  Rouge Park parking lot has been flooded.)

In the form of limited-term on-site interventions at Rouge National Park, artists’ works consider the political, economic and cultural implications of the stories we tell about ourselves through our relationships to land. These works critique concepts of nationhood by reconstructing narratives of identity that embrace indigeneity, challenge colonialism and reimagine contemporary Canada.

LandMarks2017/Repères2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites.

A special thank you to faculty  Laura Millard & Min Sook Lee for leading this engaging project!

April Hickox // Index: Works from the Permanent Collection

April Hickox, Echo, 2010-2012, chromogenic prints, 35.5cm x 28cm

April Hickox, Echo, 2010-2012, chromogenic prints, 35.5cm x 28cm

April Hickox // Index: Works from the Permanent Collection
June 22, to September 17, 2017
Opening June 22nd at 6:30 
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Over the course of over 35 years, April Hickox has mined the distinctions between personal and public sites through film, video, photography and installation. Her work is rooted in the narrative histories that individuals accumulate throughout their lives and the ability of inanimate objects to shape memory.Index will feature a selection of works by April Hickox donated to the Permanent Collection in 2012. Representing three distinct photographic series – Vantage Point, Portholes Glance, and Echo – these works convey Hickox’s interest in the aperture as both a mechanical and symbolic device. Also included in the exhibition is a new body or work from Provenance Unknown, Cancelled Paintings 2017. This work begins to question issues of value, providence, authorship.

Making its KWAG premiere, the Echo series serves as a poignant counterpoint to present-day selfie culture.  Here, Hickox creates a taxonomy of hand-mirrors, a traditionally-female heirloom which is representative of what is often thought to be a simpler time in history – a point in which self-reflection and personal actions existed largely between individuals, rather that the post-privacy milieu in which we  currently live. The mirror, for Hickox, reflects an image of how we want ourselves to be seen; it does not reflect the truth of our emotional lives, or who we think we are. Hickox’s mirrors lack a reflective surface, the result of a digital scanning process that renders each mirror as a sea of black, with a scarred and aged surface, and ultimately incapable of reciprocating our interest.

April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Her work was been exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous Canadian collections. Hickox is currently associate professor of photography at the OCAD University in Toronto.

https://www.lensculture.com/search/projects?q=april+hickox

https://vimeo.com/aprilhickox

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aprilhickox

Femme4Femme

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CONGRATULATIONS PHOTO ALUMNI MORGAN SEARS-WILLIAMS (2017) AND MADDIE ALEXANDER (2016) for their upcoming exhibition at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives!

Opening: Saturday June 17th- 7pm till 2am
Femme4Femme is a collaborative exhibition between Morgan Sears-Williams and Maddie Alexander as a part of Nuit Rose Festival – Between Venus & Mars .

Through text, image and installation; the artists strive to explore both the historical and contemporary existence of femme identity. Alexander’s approach pulls from pop culture and pornography, using oversaturated imagery to explore the way queer femmes are represented in the media. Alexander explores micro aggressive language in a satirical manner, to break down the subtleties of femme phobia in film and television.

Morgan uses older technologies as an entry point for viewers to interact with the stories of queer folks both historically and contemporarily, with a focus on queer femme identities. By blending time to create a lasting and long thread of feminist queer activism and lived realities, they challenge the notion that queer feminist activism and femme presence exist within a certain time period.

Both approaches use different methodologies; however work towards a simultaneous goal of archiving the existence of queer femmes. Focusing on and inspired by lived experiences, both works take from contemporary and historical queer presence and absence, and question the roles expected of queer femmes. The works interact with each other to display the efforts of archiving queer life from the artist’s perspective, and the importance of visibility and existence as resistance.

CLGA
34 Isabella st, 2nd floor.
Opening: Saturday June 17th- 7pm till 2am
June 18th to June 27th, 2017

Exhibition Hours:

Tuesday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Antonio Giacchetti at Gallery 44

Antonio Giacchetti detail from Sense and Sentiment, 2017 Liquid light, polyurethane on cold rolled steel

Antonio Giacchetti
detail from Sense and Sentiment, 2017 Liquid light, polyurethane on cold rolled steel

Congratulations to Photo alumni and 2016 Verant Richards Award Recipient Antonio Giacchetti on the opening of Sense and Sentiment at Gallery 44!

Opening Reception June 9,6:00PM to 8:00PM
Friday, June 9, 2017 to Saturday, July 8, 2017
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond St W, ste 120, Toronto

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Drawing influence from the history of non-representational photography, and recent practices by the artist in this field of production, this series serves as an active rejection of sensibility and sentimentality. Using steel, a material foundational to the social and economic structure of the artist’s hometown Hamilton, Giacchetti creates images that are fundamentally reductive in both form and meaning; offering up the representational history of photography in exchange for a photograph that essentially refers to and depicts nothing but itself. After sensitizing plates using a silver-gelatin emulsion, the plates are then exposed to ambient light in Giacchetti’s hometown. Although definitive in intention and execution, this work embraces objectivity in its purest form, reducing an image of the artist’s history to a flat black plane.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with OCAD University.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Antonio Giacchetti is a writer and visual artist practicing in Southern Ontario, and has recently completed a BFA in Photography at OCAD University. His practice includes a variety of experimental image making methods, conceptual and studio based photography as well as short performative and experimental films. Recent works have explored visual articulations of existential philosophy, deconstructions of the photographic image, mark-making, and notions of home, memory and formative experiences from the context of the male form. His work has been exhibited at various locations in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario as well as internationally in Tampere, Finland and Berlin, Germany.

CONGRATS WALTER SEGERS

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CONGRATULATIONS TO PHOTO ALUMNI WALTER SEGERS ON HIS NEW EXHIBITION GUYS AS DOLLS AT THE MARKHAM MUSEUM!  THE EXHIBITION IS ON NOW AND CONTINUES THROUGH TO OCT 1, 2017.

GUYS AS DOLLS: Explore thoughts and dreams of belonging, gender and identity with artist Walter Segers in his photo-based series “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” as he uses vintage male fashion dolls to create autobiographical visions.

Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Rd. Markham, ON L3P3J3

Born and raised in Belgium,Walter Segers has been happily creating art in Toronto since 1993. He graduated from the OCAD University in 2008 and received OCAD U’s prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009. His photo-based works have been shown in Toronto at 1313, Spin, Show, Propeller, P|M, John B. Aird and the Gladstone galleries. In Ontario, he exhibited at Open Studio in Sudbury and at FHM in Cambridge.  Segers’ photographs have been shown internationally in Prague and Zlín in the Czech Republic, New York, and his most recent exhibition ‘double vision’ was in Belgium. The online magazine and art app Wondereur featured the series What I Did On My Summer Vacationand Segers has been published in Frank by The Genteel, Fab Magazine, IN TORONTO, Pixie & Rotter and Papirmasse. His latest work was published in ArtWindsor magazine.

www.tkvolife.com

www.waltersegers.com

www.waltsegers.tumblr.com

OCAD Alumni Featured in CONTACT Photography Festival

Left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; Right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

Left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; Right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

Be sure to check out the upcoming exhibition SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS, a featured CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition, showing at the Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC). Curated by Katelyn Gallucci, the show includes work from OCAD alumni Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, and Jimmy Limit.

Where: Suite 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
When: April 27–June 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27th from 6–9 pm

For more information, visit the Critical Distance website.

Barbara Astman at the National Gallery of Canada

Right side image: Barbara Coming...Barbara Going , c.1973 © Barbara Astman

Right side image: Barbara Coming…Barbara Going, c.1973 © Barbara Astman

Congratulations to Barbara Astman for her inclusion in the exhibition Photography in Canada: 1960–2000 at the National Gallery of Canada! Her work is a part of the Social Commentary/Feminism/Gender section. The show was organized by the Canadian Photography Institute.

Where: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
When: April 7th – September 17th, 2017
More Info: Photography in Canada: 1960-2000

Exhibition catalogues are available for purchase here.

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