In En Transition Spotlight: Jean-Francois Leblanc

In/En Transition

March 2-31 2018  | Opening Reception March 2 | Artist talk March 3

In/En Transition presents an exchange of photography by exhibiting six Quebec artists in Toronto, and six Ontario artists in Montreal, reinforcing a sense of community between the two provinces.

Artists- Toronto- Connections Gallery
André DenisNathalie GarceauJudith BellavanceCaroline Hayeur, Jean-Francois Leblanc, Guy Lafontaine

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How has your process changed over your career as a photographer?

I believe a good image should not only contain information that invites reflection, but also be aesthetically pleasing and trigger emotion. It must be self-explanatory, and not require words. In my practice, photography is a means of recording a scene directly, without artifice. The image is constructed when it is shot, and not subjected to major modifications afterwards. This concept of photography respects the ethics of photojournalism and the documentary process. Subjectivity and creativity are expressed in the choices made and in the very act of photographing and not in subsequent image alteration.

Bio

Jean-François Leblanc has dedicated himself to photography since 1982, when he got his
Bachelor’s degree in Communications at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. He started his career as a photographer while working for many neighborhood community newspapers in Montreal. In 1984, he became the official photographer of Montreal’s International Jazz Festival. In 1987, while working full-time for Le Matin, a new Montreal daily, he decided to create Agence Stock Photo, a collective of photographers committed to photojournalism.
His artistic approach has always been coherent during his career as a photographer. The
recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, he has presented, since 1984, many exhibitions on his personal projects at, among others, the Montreal Maisons de la Culture network, and also during the Mois de la Photo period in Montreal. Abroad, his work was presented in Mexico during the Mes de la Foto in Merida, in over forty Europeans cities through the FNAC galleries network and during the Rencontres Internationales de la Photo d’Arles in France. His work can be found in the collections of the Quebec National Museum of Fine Art, the network Accès-culture of the City of Montreal ( PADORAC), the Cirque du Soleil and Post Canada.

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In En Transition Spotlight: Judith Bellavance

In/En Transition

March 1-31 2018  | Opening Reception March 2 | Artist talk March 3

In/En Transition presents an exchange of photography by exhibiting six Quebec artists in Toronto, and six Ontario artists in Montreal, reinforcing a sense of community between the two provinces.

Artists- Toronto- Connections Gallery
André DenisNathalie Garceau, Judith Bellavance, Caroline HayeurJean-Francois LeblancGuy Lafontaine

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How has your process changed over your career as a photographer?
Coming from the painting world, I’ve always been interested in details that only show
themselves under the scrutiny of the observer. This fascination has progressively led me
to using photography to satisfy my curiosity for details, my pleasure in collecting and my
desire to tell. I found and adopted in photography the stance of the witness, which has
significantly expanded the scope my act of creation.
With photopgraphy, my work has developed under two main parts: showing and telling.
By the act of collecting, I can give my attention to small events of which I take
photographs, I then group, classify and file them, thus building a daily repository of
otherness. The act of collecting allows in second time a work on narration. I draw from
my collections and I combine freely and intuitively photographic objects that have a
potential to tell a tale, to which I give the format of small documentaries on the sensitive.

Bio

Born in Rimouski, I have live and work in Montreal.
Throughout my practice, I use the traces of the passage of time on objects and bodies to
address the themes of otherness, loss, absence and desire. By my attention to detail and
my work on the fragment, my approach to photography retains the indexical and
document qualities of the medium.
I completed a degree in Visual Arts at Laval University in Quebec City and studied at the
University of Quebec in Montreal. My work was supported by the Conseil des arts et des
lettres du Québec and the Canada Arts Council. My work has been presented in Quebec,
Portugal, Spain and Japan and is found in many public and private collections.

In En Transition Spotlight: André Denis

 

In/En Transition

March 1-31 2018  | Opening Reception March 2 | Artist talk March 3

In/En Transition presents an exchange of photography by exhibiting six Quebec artists in Toronto, and six Ontario artists in Montreal, reinforcing a sense of community between the two provinces.

Artists- Toronto- Connections Gallery
André Denis, Nathalie GarceauJudith BellavanceCaroline HayeurJean-Francois Leblanc, Guy Lafontaine

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How has your process changed over your career as a photographer?

The Turcot and Bonaventure projects lasted many many years. There was practically no end to the exploration and discovery. Actually, they had to demolish them to make me stop! But now I have started involving myself in very short term projects. One outing, followed by a selection of a dozen or so images, and printed in the form of a small book. Voilà! End of project. More focused in the image capture process, but also more freely associative in the final selection.

Bio

At the end of the seventies, André Denis was working as a freelance street photographer. His path led him to co-found Dazibao, a photography gallery and workshop venue. He was a part of its first shows: La Parole Sauvage and Un grand cru in Québec, and Explosition 80 in France. In 1982, his photography career was put on hiatus as he reoriented himself towards a different field.

In 2002, André revived his old passion and pursued his exploration of the city using his camera as his eyes. He made a long-term project of capturing the boroughs of the South-West of Montreal, with a special focus on the Turcot interchange and the Griffintown segment of the Bonaventure highway. A show featuring his studies of the Turcot interchange was put on at the Marie-Uguay cultural center in January of 2010, and then again at the Plateau Mont-Royal cultural center. His current goal is to showcase his work on the Bonaventure highway.

Kindred in Montreal!

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Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

Kindred popped up in Montreal October 20 and 21st at The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde. After driving the show up from Toronto, we had a quick install before inviting eager attendees in to see the exhibition. And what a night! A full house right until the end. Saturday the show was open for general viewing, the natural light that streamed in making the space even more beautiful.

Overall, the show was a success! Seeing all of the images of the subjects who are very personal to each photographer was very moving.

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Kindred | David L Hunsberger

Montreal
The Ecomusée Du Fier Monde
October 20 opening reception from 6-9pm
October 21 Open viewing from 11am-5:30pm
Toronto
Connections Gallery

November 3 opening reception from 6-9pm
Exhibition is on until November 29

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Kindred is a portrait exhibition printed entirely using permanent processes. Each photographer has submitted an image of someone within their community that they admire along with a description of their relationship to their subject. The result is an exhibition of people from all walks of life who are being celebrated through the photographic medium.
Kindred will first be popping up for two days in Montreal where we have one branch of our network within the photographic community. This exhibition is comprised of a large number of Quebec artists, allowing for a true exchange when the show is installed in Toronto this November.

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PALLAS 2017

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Janette Beckman

Pallas (pronounced Palace) is one of the lesser-known Greek pantheon goddesses and the origin of the name for the element Palladium. An obvious choice to describe a celebrity portrait exhibition printed using a permanent printmaking process.

At its heart, Pallas is a portrait show celebrating actors and musicians from across genres. It is also an ongoing project that aims to bring together some of the world’s top photographers and master printer Bob Carnie. Each print is made using a permanent printmaking process and seeks to create an enduring record of those whom we celebrate, and the photographer.

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Jenny Lens

Schedule of Events

Friday November 10 from 6pm-10pm

The Rivoli | 334 Queen St W

Print Auction and VIP Reception | Tickets found HERE

Join us November 10 at the Rivoli for a chance to bring home a unique permanent print of your favorite celebrity. Not bidding? You can still come check out the atmosphere at this iconic Toronto bar, listen to some old school tunes and make your own bets which print will be the evening’s top bid.

Saturday November 11 from 9am-10pm

918 Bathurst

Photography Workshops + Frank Ockenfels 3 Lecture | Tickets found HERE

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Alternative Photo Revolution 2017

Glen Echo, Maryland March 28 | New Orleans March 31/April 1

Toronto, Contact Photography Festival May 15-June 17

Combining contemporary photography with historical photo printmaking processes, the Alternative Photo Revolution is one of a kind. Printed in Toronto by Bob Carnie Printmaking this group show features photographers from across North America. Hitting the road at the end of March, Alt will be popping up in Glen Echo, Maryland then New Orleans before returning home to the Dylan Ellis Gallery.

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Bob Carnie  – Gum over Palladium

The following photographers will have at least one piece in the exhibition:

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