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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.

 

Salon 44: opening Mar 4, 6-10pm

Dianne Davis, Untitled from ‘green, dripping, glistening, gorgeous’, 2016, 11” x 8.5”, Edition of 6, $330

Dianne Davis, Untitled from ‘green, dripping, glistening, gorgeous’, 2016, 11” x 8.5”Salon 44

 

GALLERY 44 CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY – SALON 44
Friday, Mar 4-Sun, Mar 20th
Opening Reception, Mar 4, 6-10pm

 Salon 44 is Gallery 44’s annual fundraising exhibition in support of their education and exhibition programs. Representing the best in Canadian photography, Salon 44 brings together an incredible collection of over 70 established and emerging artists with works priced for both new and seasoned collectors alike.

OCAD U is prominent in the selection of artists, this includes:

Kotama Bouabane (Faculty & Alumni)
Miles Collyer (Alumni & Career Development Coordinator)
Nathan Cyrpys (Alumni)
Dianne Davis (Alumni)
Jonathan Groeneweg (Faculty)
April Hickox (Alumni, Faculty & Founding Member of Gallery 44)
Brendan George Ko (Alumni)
Surendra Lawoti (Faculty)
Jennifer Long (Faculty)
Darren Rigo (Alumni)
TEK (Alumni & Photo Technician)
Lauren Vaile (Alumni & Admissions and Recruitment Assistant)
Nicholas Vo (Alumni)

Additional artists Please see salon44.tumblr.com for online gallery.

GALLERY 44
401 Richmond Street West Suite 120
TorontoOntario M5V 3A8

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices.

Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.

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