Don River | Stillwater | Space vs. Place
Surendra Lawoti, Chris Boyne, and Susan Kordalewski
April 30 – June 4, 2011
Opening reception: Sat April 30, 2pm – 5pm
Talk: Sat May 14, 1 pm with Surendra Lawoti and Matthew Blackett of Spacing magazine
This exhibition explores the transient nature of environments through the work of three artists whose distinct projects share similarities in their approach to landscape as it relates to human action and perception.
The Don River series by Surendra Lawoti documents the users of the shores of the Don River Valley in Toronto. Lawoti’s detailed large-scale images focus on the makeshift shelters and their inhabitants that can be found along the river, as well as the recreational users of this green urban space. It is through the people he pictures that we begin to understand the dynamics of this landscape.
Chris Boyne’s Stillwater intermixes a narrative sound recording with colour landscape photography. The work seeks to record an event that happened in 1952, when Boyne’s grandfather, while hunting for deer, accidentally shot and killed a man who was out in the woods with his son.
Space vs. Place explores perceptual transitions between three-dimensional and two-dimensional space. These images differentiate space from place, and memory from lived experience. The layering of location and dimension—along with the inherent qualities of the photographic image—blend time and space in much the same way as memory does.
This is a Featured Exhibition in the 2011 CONTACT Photography Festival.
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