PROOF 18, annual Canadian emerging artist exhibition at Gallery 44

June 24 to July 30
OPENING RECEPTION: June 24, 6 to 8pm

Proof is Gallery 44's annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography. Proof 18 showcases the work of Steven Beckly, Linda-Marlena Bucholtz Ross, Jenna Edwards, Tad Hozumi, Mike Andrew McLean and Elise Windsor. Sincere thanks to Isabel Martinez for her timely essay on photographic production in an age of saturation within our virtual image culture.

The work in Proof is chosen on the basis of artistic merit and originality within the medium, rather than an overriding theme. However, in reviewing submissions from a spectrum of emerging Canadian artists working in different regions at the same time, it is interesting to note that themes do arise. Thus, year by year, Proof is consistently in a position to present the zeitgeist of contemporary Canadian photography.

Proof is often one of the first exhibitions in a professional context for an emerging artist as was the case for artists such as Karin Bubas, Janieta Eyre, Isabelle Hayeur, Germaine Koh, Nicholas Pye, Althea Thauberger, and Andrew Wright. Gallery 44 provides opportunities for emerging artists through this exhibition and also by engaging a new generation of artists in the gallery's activities.

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