Noir/Chroma Spotlight: Alan Dunlop

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019

Opening reception January 17 2019

Peter Dušek, Alan Dunlop, Susan Kerr, Kerry Hayes, Marlene Hilton Moore, Leah Oates

Alan Noir

What is your process?

For several years now I have been pursuing my own creative vision, looking for ways to break the rules of traditional photography and transport the viewer to an alternate, more abstract reality. I think this quote by actress Mary Lou Cook says a lot “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking the rules, making mistakes and having fun”.
My work has evolved from blending multiple images into collage-like works using Photoshop to – more recently – capturing fragmented images in-camera.

Do you see common themes in all of your work?

Whether photographing nature, people or the city streets the common theme is to explore time space and motion.

In your opinion, what makes an image powerful.

There are many elements that make a good picture, it can be the quality of the light, the angle, the subject matter, the overall composition.
Ultimately a good photograph, in my opinion, is one that makes people stop, take a second look and ask questions. It should communicate something to the viewer, draw them in, tell a story, and arouse some emotion.

Alan Chroma

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.

Call for Submissions: PIGMENT

 

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Lori Ryerson

Pigment is a group photography exhibition that explores the concept of colour through the historical gum bichromate process. Each of the twenty photographers will have two prints in the show, printed by Bob Carnie.

New York April 6 and 7 Bushwick Community Darkroom

Pigment will pop up at the Bushwick Community Darkroom April 6 and 7 2018. These dates were chosen so that participating artists who wish to visit the city during the exhibition can attend The Photography Show presented by AIPAD. 

Toronto | May 2-June 29 Lonsdale Gallery

The prints will return to Toronto where they will become a part of Red Light, an exhibition at Lonsdale Gallery. This juried salon show will exclusively feature alternative prints by artists from around the world. Red Light is a feature show in the CONTACT Photo Festival.

Application process

Each print will be approximately 11×14, fitting into a 16×20 presentation matt. For installation purposes, while in New York, they will be displayed matted. For the Lonsdale Gallery show, they will be framed in our rental frames.

Please contact Bob to set up a time to explain the gum bichromate process and how your images would look printed using this process.

bob@alternativephotoservices.com
Costs

Exhibition fee (shipping, space rental, marketing, reception in NYC and rental frames for Toronto) $375 plus tax                                                                                                     

Production: $460 plus tax for two gum bichromate prints and 16×20 presentation matts

Total $835 plus tax

 

What is Connections?

We believe that expanding a photographer’s reach is beneficial to professional growth. Getting outside of one’s community and having fresh eyes looking at new work and getting feedback. Our main goal is to create a network of photographers and galleries that can work together to showcase photography.

Our first connection was with L’Espace Contemporain in Montreal where we have sent photographers to exhibit work, and have brought photographers here to Toronto.

2017 projects include the Alternative Photo Revolution that went to Glen Echo, Maryland and New Orleans, and was a part of the CONTACT Photo Festival. In the fall we took Kindred, a portrait exhibition, to Montreal then installed here at the Connections Gallery in November.

Why Alt Printing

 We know that through exhaustive research on print permanence that the noble metals of platinum palladium will not fade, in fact the paper will decompose before the metal will go away. Platinum palladium and gum over palladium have the look, texture and feeling of work done in the very beginning of photographic printmaking. Contemporary prints cannot give us the colour palette and physical sense that these two processes offer. In all cases the base paper is Hahnemühle Platinum, a very lovely 100% rag paper. The noble metal of platinum palladium sinks into the very fabric of this paper and any resulting pigment is layered on top for an exquisite image.

Call For Submissions: Emergence

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Emergence

December 1-January 8 2018 | Opening December 7 2017 6-9pm

The Connections Gallery is seeking submissions for our annual Emergence photography group show in December 2017. This nine person group show showcases artists who are new to the gallery or have new work.

Four artists will be chosen by a jury to exhibit their work in Montreal in Spring 2018.

This show will also be advertised in the Winter issue of Canadian Art.

 

Submission guidelines

If interested please submit the following

4-5 JPEGS

Layout proposal

Printing and framing proposal

Fees Per Artist

Space rental/marketing/reception- $460

 

Spots are booked on a first come first served basis.

Contact: carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

Summer Gum Workshop!

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When: July 22/23

Cost: $375 plus tax

Gum Bichromate is one of the simplest and cost effective ways of making permanent colour and black and white prints.

Spend two days in the darkroom with Bob playing with this unique process.

Using your supplied images, we will make printing negatives via inkjet materials and then spend the time coating and printing.

This is not a formal technical workshop, but rather a simple two days of getting a handle of one of our most beautiful printing processes. Gum Bichromate with pigment is one of the oldest photographic processes and with the advent of digital technology, we can make simple negatives that 20 years ago would be out of the reach for most photographers.

This workshop is not intended to create perfect colour density or portfolio work, but rather bring together photographers with a variety of background to play with pigments to create a smorgasbord of possibilities. This workshop is for beginner print makers, no prerequisite is required.

By being exposed to multiple prints and methods of combining colour and black white pigments, each participant can gage whether this is a viable process for their practice.

Contact Carissa to sign up

carissa@dylanellisgallery.ca

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Win a Print at the Alternative Photo Revolution!

At the opening reception for Alternative Photo revolution in Toronto, we will be giving away alternative photo prints!

While in New Orleans, we drew two winners. Those who purchased tickets for that draw will have their names entered again for the Toronto draw!

These unique prints were made by Bob Carnie in Toronto, and graciously donated by each artist.

Below are the four prints that could be yours!

Nigel Dickson, Claud Anderson, Brendan Meadows and Bob Carnie

Click HERE for the Eventbrite page

Or, contact Carissa for other payment options: carissa@dylanellisgallery.ca

 

Philip Jessup | Tri Colour Gum Bichromate | won by Blaine Varner in New Orleans!

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Alt Revolution Spotlight: Seneca IDP

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.

We have chosen four organizations and one institution with whom we have developed a relationship to submit a candidate to represent them for Alt. This furthers our goal of broadening our network and connecting photographers with endless possibilities.

Gallery 44 | Seneca IDP | New Orleans Photo Alliance | Photoworks 

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