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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Emergence Spotlight | Marlene Hilton Moore

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

Emergence showcases the work of a group of photographers who are presenting new and exciting work. This is the second iteration of this exhibition in which four artists will be chosen to exhibit in Montreal in 2018.

Lindsi Hollend |Anna Borcherdt |Adrian Oosterman |Cat StambolicAndrew Persaud

Marlene Hilton Moore | Raquel Moliterno

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What is your process
I create my photographs of women from the perspective of concept. The woman, her place and the combination of the two can spark my ideas. I do not concentrate on photographic technique but let the concept and the situation develop the technique. It may be there is a special source of light or simply bright daylight. It may be a choice between a focus on the woman from a distance immersed in her place or a focus on her portrait. In my series Pixie’s World, the place of Pixie’s bachelor apartment was a given, but it was the accident of the single-source light that created mysterious shadows and brilliant highlights. Combined with the light were the idiosyncratic personality of Pixie and the collision of her art and body within the space.
The series Cathedral focused explicitly on the concept of an elderly urban woman in a silver gown returned to her rural roots and photographed in her family barn. The woman’s white hair, the molten silver gown and the light that filtered through the spaces between the boards of the barn once again created a unique environment of light and luminescence, which greatly shaped the photographs.
The two series Ancestral and Botticelli Runner were shot in bright daylight. In Ancestral the central technique was the conceptual combination of the woman in the Baie de Chaleur moonscape rocks that dwarfed her, counterpointed with her posed against the ancestral homestead in intimate portrait relationship.
The young woman who is a Botticelli vision with her complexion and red hair is a long
distance runner. I was intrigued by the contrast of the delicacy of my Botticelli vision
against the hard reality of her long distance running discipline. Softness and hardness –
rigidity of track and flow of beach sand as running places – softness of flowing red hair and pink velvet gown against the rigidity of developed muscle. These elements became the focus of the photographs.

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Intersection: Philip Jessup

September 23-October 31

Opening September 23 6pm-9pm | Artist demos and talks September 24

Intersection is a four-person photographic exhibition with two artists from Ontario and two from Quebec. This bringing together of artists from the two provinces aims to expose each artist to a new photographic community.

Ginette Clément | Claude Dagenais | Raul Rincon | Philip Jessup

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Atoll: The Sky Above, Lagoon Below

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LOW TIDE OCEANSIDE, LAURA ISLAND, MAJURO ATOLL (2015)

Where are you from and what attracts you to colour?

I grew up in Washington D.C. For me Washington wasn’t so much a city of monuments as a cluster of villages surrounded by forests and streams. Living with my divorced mother as a rebellious teenager, I often drifted into Glover Archbold Park, a sliver of green that stretches north-south more than two miles from Cathedral Heights to the Potomac River. The city’s woods offered secluded hollows of serenity, a powerful salve in my life at that time.

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Adam Killick

Portfolio I | March 2-March 30 2016 | Opening March 3 6pm-9pm

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BIO

I got my first SLR when I was 11, and since then, a camera has seldom left my side, which sometimes makes sleeping uncomfortable. My work in photography and documentary journalism has spanned everything from dog-sled trails in Alaska to side streets in Argentina to the shipping lanes of the north Atlantic. I have ruined numerous cameras attempting to achieve ill-advised, unorthodox perspectives of people, animals, and 40-foot-high ocean waves.

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