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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.

 

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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

Simon Glass Installation at FENTSTER

Simon Glass, "Aleph," detail of Jeremiah: ha'aretz, 2016 “Aleph,” detail of Jeremiah: ha’aretz, 2016 © Simon Glass

Congratulations to Simon Glass on his installation, Jeremiah: ha’aretzat FENTSTER! This new work is from his series exploring the land through the lens of Biblical prophet, Jeremiah. Please join him for the opening reception where he will give an artist talk.

Where: FENTSTER @ Makom, 402 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S8
When: May 25th – August 29th, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7th, 7 pm-9 pm, Artist Talk 7:30 pm

For more information, see the gallery website.

Miles Collyer Featured CONTACT Exhibition at Open Studio

Mike Brick, 2015 © Miles Collyer

Mike Brick, 2015 © Miles Collyer

Join Miles Collyer at his featured CONTACT exhibition, ‘The Inhabitants of Space’, on view soon at Open Studio. He will be showing work alongside Derek Coulombe, Erika DeFreitas, and Alexis Dirks.

When: May 13–June 10
Where: Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, ON
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:30pm–8:30pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

Meera Margaret Singh at Zalucky Contemporary

Bound, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Bound, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Kick off CONTACT Photography festival with Meera Margaret Singh at her featured exhibition, “Jardim”. Work on display at Zalucky Contemporary will be from her 2012 residency in Brazil. Don’t miss the artist talk for this!

Where: Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
When: May 6–June 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 4pm–6pm
Artist Talk:  Saturday, May 27, 3 pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

Phoenix, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Phoenix, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Gateway, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Gateway, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Photo Students in CONTACT Show at Fleishman Gallery

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Sensitive Souls, from the series ‘A Place to Call My Own’, 2016 © Meghan Boyle

Congratulations to current students Lesia Miga, Morgan Sears-Williams, Nazila Niazi, and Meghan Boyle for their CONTACT exhibition “Bed of Roses” at Fleishman Gallery! Check out their show opening on May 2nd to hear more about the work.

Where: Fleishman Gallery, 25 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON
When: May 2–30, 2017
Opening Reception: May 2, 6pm–9pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

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WDIWTBWIGU2, from the series, ‘What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?’, 2016 © Lesia Miga

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Forbidden Love, 2017 © Morgan Sears-Williams

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Transposed, 2017 © Nazila Niazi

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.

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