In En Transition Spotlight: Guy Lafontaine

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 GarceauJudith BellavanceCaroline HayeurJean-Francois Leblanc, Guy Lafontaine

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

My process has evolved from basic film cameras to medium format to large format cameras. Then to digital cameras, from basic ones to a higher end one. Through all my years in photography, I got to know and use a broad range of cameras and equipment. But I always saw the equipment I use only as tools that allow to bring to life my vision.

Using solely digital cameras for several years now, I see the benefits of ease of use and the bonus of seeing my results instantly. In the film days, any new project had its financial burden, with digital cameras the costs for a new project have gone down and allow me to consider more projects as feasible.

Bio

I have been living and working in Montreal for the last 30 years. Working as a professional mechanical designer for all my whole career, I have an insider’s view of the industrial environments, equipments and un-common places on which I get to intervene, either as a mechanical designer or as a photographer for my personal documentary projects. My dual background allows me to create visually strong and well structured images that can have a meaningful informative side as well.

As a self-educated photographer/curator, I evolved through the various projects that I create, slowly building myself a strong artistic experience along the way. As the american photographer Walker Evans stated, I describe myself as “documentary style” photographer. Subjects that I worked on through the years are: several large manufacturing industries (either about to close and or being drastically transformed), a major paper mill in the closing process, an hotel/convention centre complex being demolished, the largest nuclear bunker in Canada between it’s active and it’s museum period, hydro power plants, downtown store front reflections and various urban landscapes of humble worker’s houses alongside industrial sites, highways, railroads and major power lines.

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In En Transition Spotlight: Caroline Hayeur

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 GarceauJudith Bellavance, Caroline Hayeur, Jean-Francois LeblancGuy Lafontaine

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How has your process changed over your career as a photographer?
I have been working in documentary photography since the early 1990s, and making the transition to digital is definitely the biggest change I have had to go through. Although the change was a lot of work, I am not nostalgic about silver based photography. I embraced the new technology and started playing with these new possibilities, creating montages, digital patterns, and creating music videos and live multimedia performances. This has allowed me to expand my practice into movement and sound, as well as working in collaboration with multidisciplinary artists.

Bio

The ever-optimistic artist Caroline Hayeur focuses on themes of humanity, emotion and
connections between people through a practice deeply rooted in the present moment. Drawing on her experience of field photography since in the early 1990s, she is interested in concepts of place and home in various forms of relationship: friendship, families and broader communities.
In the spirit of documentary storytelling and humanistic portrait, her work illuminates
surprising connections between subjects through juxtaposition and proximity. Many of her projects began as artist residencies and community art, either in Quebec or internationally.
In 1997, FESTIVE RITUAL: PORTRAITS OF THE MONTREAL RAVE SCENE marked the
beginning of a long-term exploration into the world of nightlife and dance. After it’s exhibition during The Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the show toured worldwide through the FNAC Photo galleries (France, Europe and Asia) for over ten years. FESTIVE RITUAL, TANZ PARTY and later AMALGAT: DANSE, TRADITION ET AUTRES SPIRITUALITES (2003-2007) address the theme of the body-in- movement and have been presented as books, websites and exhibition tours. HUMANITAS, a series of portraits showing extreme emotion from birth to death, is presented several times in Quebec and also in Toulouse (France) during the festival ManifestO in 2013. With ADOLAND, she pursues her voyage in the world of adolescence. Her latest project named ABRAZO return in the field of dance, true the practice of tango from Buenos Aires to Montreal.
Since 1994, Caroline Hayeur has been a member of the Montreal-based Collectif Stock Photo — a group of independent photojournalists. In 2012, the collective celebrated its 25 th anniversary with the exhibition 25 YEARS OF STORIES under the artistic direction of Hayeur, with a dozen photographers presenting retrospective work at the Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay International
Meeting of Photojournalism. She was also Zoom speaker of honour in 2013. Hayeur collaborates among others with the ONF Interractif since the debuts of the studio.
Caroline Hayeur teaches photojournalism at l’École des médias, Faculty of communications at The Université du Québec à Montréal.

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: Nathalie Garceau

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 Garceau, Judith BellavanceCaroline HayeurJean-Francois LeblancGuy Lafontaine

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

In the beginning, I was always searching for the “perfect” image in the photos I
would make.  At that time the process was almost entirely externalized.
More and more, however, the process now takes place within myself.  I store
potential images that only exist in my imagination, organizing and filtering them
subconsciously, yet still aware of the process.  My creative process now is a
more visceral than cerebral endeavour.  Thus, the act of composing and making
a photograph becomes the final act in an process that increasingly begins within
myself.

Bio

I was born on March 24th, 1972 in Montreal.
A self-taught photographer, I became interested in photography well before the advent of digital technology. Although I have been practicing photography for almost twenty years now, it has mainly been since 2013 that my work has been shown in group exhibitions, as well as in duet with Montreal photographer Daniel Miller.
Most of my work is done in black and white. I am also just as interested in digital technology as in medium format film. Street photography, landscapes and large format portraits are the subjects which fascinate me the most. Whether it be in terms of shooting, processing or printing, the quality of my work is essential.
For me, photography goes well beyond the release of the shutter. I try to suggest a reflection or a perspective of multiple emotions upon the human condition – collectively, or as an individual. Thus, it should be no surprise that I have chosen to work in both social work and photography for so many years.
Since 2013, I have participated in several exhibitions in Montreal and Toronto.

 

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.

Sharing / Le Partage Bernard Marenger

January 18-31 2018 Opening January 19 from 6-9pm

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Bernard Marenger est photographe professionnel depuis plus de 45 ans. Il a fait ses débuts dans l’un des plus prestigieux studio de photographie publicitaire à Montréal pour ensuite ouvrir son propre studio au centre-ville. Il a collaboré à plusieurs des meilleures campagnes publicitaires au Québec et au Canada pour des clients aussi prestigieux que Postes Canada, Imperial Tobacco, Labatt, Rona, SAQ etc.

Cette expérience a conduit Bernard Marenger à une démarche artistique très personnelle; à une vision plus sensible de la société et aussi, de la nature et des êtres qui la façonnent.

Doué d’une grande réceptivité à notre environnement, Bernard Marenger a su en capter vivement toute l’intensité.

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2017 in Review

2017 saw us renaming the main gallery, changing from the Dylan Ellis Gallery to the Connections Gallery. This name change reflects our mandate to “connect” artists, curators and gallerists.

Thank you to all of the photographers who showed such an amazing variety of images.

 

Human memory / The soul of the earth

January 12 to January 31

Sylvie Pinsonneault, Karl Desmarais


Toronto Offsite Design Festival

January 16-January 22

SUMO Projects and artist Michele Guevara


Visual Calculus in Photography

March 3-31

Alain Laforest, Catherine Aboumrad, Daniel Miller, Guy Glorieux, Guy Lafontaine

Jean Lauzon, Marie-Reine Mattera and Emmanuel Joly, Robert Slatkoff


A Foundation of Ash

April 17-May 13

Will Gill


Alternative Photo Revolution

Glen Echo, Maryland March 28, New Orleans March 31/April 1 Toronto, Contact Photography Festival May 15-June 17

Alexis Jackson, Kin Lon Ma, Scott Davis, David Armentor, Marc Betsworth, Tamiko Winters, Paul Taborovsky, Kevin Kelly, Alan Dunlop, Lisa Murzin, Ron Erwin,  John Migicovsky, Evan Dion, Salina Kassam, Philip Jessup, Marlene Hilton Moore, Juli Lyons, Skip Dean, Thomas Brasch, Matthew Plexman, Laura Paterson, Bob Carnie, Monica Glitz, Jeff Suchak, Hugues Rochette, Jean Lauzon, Madeleine Marcil, Claude Dagenais, Guy Lafontaine, Mirabelle Ricard, Guy Glorieux, Brittany Fleming, Jennifer Crane, Brendan Meadows, Andrej Gregov, Larry Hayden, Bryan Helm, Ginette Clément, Stephen McNeill , David Christensen


Linked

July 8-August 31

Laura Paterson, Wayne Salmon, Al Paterson, Anthony Macri, Kamelia Pezeshki, Aurélien Muller, Carissa Ainslie, Beth Jessup, Paulette Michayluk, Bob Carnie


Urban

October 1-30

Stephanie Kretzschmer, Guy Lafontaine, Robert McIntyre, Joachim Oepkes, David Edwards and Alan Dunlop


Kindred

Montreal October 20 & 21, Toronto November 1-29

Linda Kooluris Dobbs, Salina Kassam

John Migicovsky, Juli Lyons, Lisa Murzin, Thomas Brasch, Bob Carnie, Shelagh Howard, Marlene Hilton Moore, Philip Jessup, David L Hunsberger, ​Anthony DeLorenzo, Normand Blouin, Suzanne Vo-Ho, Jean-Sébastien Vaillancourt, Nathalie Garceau, Daniel Miller, Alexia Righetti, Pierre Dalpé, Guy Glorieux, Céline Lalonde, Martine Michaud, Janick Houle, Francois Spenard​


Emergence

December 1-January 8

Lindsi Hollend, Anna Borcherdt, Adrian Oosterman, Cat Stambolic, Andrew Persaud, Marlene Hilton Moore, Raquel Moliterno