CONTACT Photo Fest: Turf

April 1-May 14 2019​ |Opening Reception May 2

Darren Calabrese, Carl MacNeil, Dinao MacCormick, Chad Tobin, Steve Wadden

A collaborative exhibition of fictional, documentary, and contemplative photographs exploring literal and abstract concepts of home. It combines selections from ongoing personal projects of five Canadian photographers from the East Coast who comprise the Hot Fog Collective.

On a spectrum between place and feeling, individual meanings of home emerge. Turf asks how the individual shapes the place, and how the place shapes the individual.

The artists illustrate relationships with land, identity, community, and changing geographic and social landscapes. While raising questions about intuition and perception, they imagine home as a sense of being and creative process as a means of transportation.

Curated by Hot Fog Collective

Darren Calabrese

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Atlantic Canadians are a coastal people. Living on the periphery, we are connected through our relationship with the sea – an existence that is both isolating and freeing. The tensions of living off the sea have long existed, but today the region is suffering through an historically high rate of unemployment that is forcing many to fight to hold onto their livelihoods, communities, and identity. This is a movement full of stories that, in concert, are both stark and life-affirming. Calabrese works to explore the relationships and communities formed along the eastern coastlines, which he believes are a pathway not only to our history, but to our future.

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Noir/Chroma Spotlight:Peter Dušek

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019

Opening reception January 17 2019

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

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What is your process

My process is one of great searching for a something in nature, uncluttered, yet in perfect balance, that best represents the essence of the world. I try to look for the small, overlooked aspects, and rarely the obvious. These elements can be found everywhere, but they are often lost among nature’s or manmade chaos, so it is difficult to find them in a way that they can be isolated and shown to the viewer. My motto is “as little as possible, as much as necessary” leading to the perfect balance between too little and too much. I often find myself, like a painter, subtracting from what I see, whether it’s in the camera using camera placement, darkness, fog or a snow storm to hide or reveal “just enough”. Later, on the computer, I often subtract clutter that distracts; clutter that when looking at the scene, the eye may see but the mind ignores. I often photograph in the winter on snow, using its lightness, along with the sky, as an empty canvas, only adding the “brush strokes” of the objects that I want to show.

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Noir/Chroma Spotlight: Susan Kerr

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019

Opening reception January 17 2019

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

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What is your process?

Both the Noir image and the Chroma image were captured digitally. I like to wander until I find something that moves me; I really need to feel inspired to take a picture.

Initially, I sort through my images, pick the ones I like, and rate them. Then I let them sit for quite a while before I go back and make final selections. It’s an ongoing process that takes time to select the images that I want to print and display.

Do you see common themes in all of your work?

Generally, yes and particularly with these images. I am looking for more than a “tree” or “kelp” I want to find the essence of my subject and hope to bring that to the viewer, to show what may go unnoticed; not only visually, but also in terms of the feeling that one experiences when near the subjects.

In your opinion, what makes an image powerful?

I think an image is more powerful when the photographer feels a real connection to their subject and there is some understanding of what is going on in front of the camera.
For example, there is more to a forest than just trees.
There are many collaborations taking place. For me the old growth forest, its elements and the interactions provide a somewhat mystical experience.
In addition, there must be technical understanding so that what you want to present looks as you intended. The capture, the post production, and the final print must be executed with technical expertise.
However, that is not enough if the photograph does not convey to the viewer what the
photographer intended.

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Advanced Alt Workshop

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Bob Carnie/ Gum Bichromate

December 27-30 2017

1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

This workshop is aimed at those people who have a desire to learn in a welcoming atmosphere how to make wonderful permanent prints and have:

-Taken a workshop with us before

-Can show that they exhibit the right knowledge base to not slow down the other printers.

The goal of this workshop will be to make a series of 15×20 prints on paper that are multiple layered images, Gum over Palladium, Duotone Gum, or Tri Tone Gum Bichromate. Your choice of process and look rather than teacher directed.

We will stay with this image size to maximize workflow for the course of four days. This size is a traditional aspect ratio for portfolio prints.

The hours of this workshop are from 8 am – 5 :30pm each day with group dinners considered after each long day.

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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

Alternative Photo Revolution Spotlight 2

May 15-June 17

Opening May 18 from 6-9pm

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The Dylan Ellis Gallery (soon to be renamed Connections) is happy to present the Alternative Photo Revolution, a group show featuring the work of 40 photographers.

Having Popped up in Glen Echo, Maryland and New Orleans, this exceptional show will be installing at 1840 Danforth in Toronto for CONTACT Photo Festival.

The prints in this exhibition are printed entirely using alternative printmaking processes, whether it be gum over palladium, silver gelatin or lumen.

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Alan Dunlop

Title: Inquisitor (1 of 3) |  Print Type: Duo Tone Gum Over Palladium

Photographers Location: Toronto

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Andrej Gregov

Title: Salk Institute, Louis Kahn (1 of 5) | Print Type: Duo Tone Digital Silver

Photographers Location: Seattle

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Contact Photo Festival: A Foundation of Ash Q&A Pt 2

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April 17-May 13

Opening Reception April 27 6pm-pm

PART 1

For his first exhibition as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, St John’s based artist Will Gill travelled to wildfire locations in Canada to capture the aftermath of the events. Through staged photography, using props and the charred remains of the environment as backdrop, Gill explores aspects of darkness and hope, transcendence and the human condition.

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Q: Tell me about this new body of work, that you will be exhibiting for the first time as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

A: Part of my interest as an artist is exploring alien environments that are stark and somehow “in between”. In other words, places where it is uncertain to know what has happened before or what is going to happen after. When I heard about the forest fire in Fort McMurray in May of 2016, I decided that a post-wildfire landscape was such a place. I bought my plane ticket and travelled there in early july 2016, two months after the fire.

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