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: Marlene Hilton Moore

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 photography exclusively depicts photographs of an individual woman and her place. I approach the medium of photography conceptually and orchestrate each series to my vision of the individual woman who is the subject of the work. I develop a concept that integrates the woman, her place, and a dress and then I abandon to the joy of discovery. Fleeting glances, pointed gaze, and body language all reveal a distinctive identity. I allow the camera to be a critical tool but the evocative image is the defining ingredient.

Do you see common themes in all of your work?

Women and their place is the subject of my photographic work. There is the essential
theme of a woman, a place, a dress and a vision. Accidental elements of light, motion, and mood create unique moments that add to the resonance of each image.

In your opinion, what makes an image powerful.

Photographs that capture what is universally human yet exhibit personal and intimate
identities are powerful. Images presented within the framework of beauty and truth create indelible artwork.

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

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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

Endangered

Endangered
November 12-December 24
Reception: November 15 | 6-9pm
Artist Talk: December 4 | 6-7:30pm

Artists: Monica Glitz and Philip Jessup

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Philip Jessup

Monica Glitz and Philip Jessup are two contemporary Canadian photographers who have devoted their bodies of work to exploring the sublime in endangered spaces that—at least for now—have been saved by government conservation efforts.

Glitz has photographed UNESCO World Heritage sites over the past twenty years, from Angkor, Cambodia to Easter Island, Chile to Stonehenge, England. Her images look back in time and capture the awe of ancient splendor.
Jessup has photographed significant natural landscapes endangered by sea level rise that governments are seeking to conserve, from Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico to Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana to Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia. His images express the beauty we could lose if we don’t turn the tide on climate change.

Local communities benefit from tourism and other services generated by the archaeological sites and natural landscapes these two photographers visit. For instance, indigenous Mayan guides and lobster fishermen have formed business cooperatives to promote thriving local businesses.

Both photographers have developed unique styles that distinguish their respective bodies of work. Glitz made the curatorial decision to pursue producing her images using a historical, and very permanent, printing process. Her images are printed using gum bichromate, a hand coated process that will last hundreds of years, perhaps outliving the subject matter. Jessup shoots in medium format and strives for brilliant color and arresting spatial compositions that hark back to the Japanese woodblocks of Hirosige.

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Monica Glitz

Call for Submissions: Noir/Chroma

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019
Opening reception January 17 2019

The Connections Gallery is seeking submissions for a two month exhibition in early 2019.

This exhibition, Noir/Chroma, showcases exquisite black and white images and images exploring colour. No specific theme.

Photographers will each have one 30″x37″ mounted print.

This exhibition is being printed in its entirety by Bob Carnie, each photographer will receive their mounted print once the show comes down. There are two choices for production methods of images. The hybrid historical-contemporary Lambda will be used to produce the black and white silver gelatin prints, or artists can have their work printed via inkjet for black/white and colour. Bob will work together with the photographers to choose their best image and printing method. Promoting the printer/photographer dynamic, printing will be a collaborative effort.

Logistics

Each artist will have either:

1- 28×28” approx. Lambda print mounted on 30″x37″ art board

OR

1- 30″x37″ inkjet print mounted on the same size board

Exhibition fee + Production: $700 plus tax


Submissions

Send up to 5-10 JPEGS

Bio

Statement


Contact

Carissa Ainslie carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

Portfolio Workshop December 2018

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What: Portfolio Workshop

Where: Alternative Photo Services at 1840 Danforth Ave, Toronto

When: December 27-December 30 2018

Spots: Minimum 4 maximum 6

Cost: $1,000 plus tax + materials (material list provided upon request)

This workshop is for anyone who is looking to build a portfolio of alternative prints. Students will be printing their own work under the guidance of printer Bob Carnie using gum bichromate and/or platinum palladium.

Print sizes range from 8×10 all the way up to 20×28.

Once the prints are finished, they will be custom matted using cotton rag 4 ply board.

To sign up or ask a question, email Bob or Carissa

bob@alternativephotoservices.com

carissa@alternativephotoservices.com

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