<- Raw View #05

<- Prefix Photo #38 'The Canadian Vernacular', Winter 2018/2019

Art Gallery of Alberta, Exhibition, View From a Window, Edmonton


<- 'View From A Window', Art Gallery of Alberta 2015

  • View from a Window features recent photographs by Canadian artists Edward Burtynsky, Robin Collyer, Eamon Mac Mahon and Laura St. Pierre. The title references View from the Window at Le Gras, a photograph taken by French inventor and pioneer of photography Nicéphore Niépce in 1826-1827. In addition to being the earliest surviving photographic image, it is arguably also the first photograph of an architectural or built environment.

The exhibition includes depictions of both habitation and wilderness, scenes of natural phenomena and dramatic human interactions with nature. From Burtynsky’s dramatic large-scale images of landscapes shaped by industry, to Collyer’s photographs of stately homes superimposed with their homeless neighbours’ ad hoc park shelters, each artist creates compelling documents of the varied and changing face of natural and built environments. Interventions in the Canadian north are diversely examined through Eamon Mac Mahon’s and Laura St. Pierre’s respective lenses, capturing the detritus of remote camps and staging photographs in empty urban sites. These projects all grapple with our essential, complex relationship with the natural world. View from a Window explores our continued search for the sublime in nature and the astonishing, varied ways we intervene and alter it.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Catherine Crowston.

Seismology, theatre passe muraille, video installation, toronto
Seismology, theatre passe muraille, video installation, toronto

<- 'Seismology', The Collective Space (2014) + Theatre Passe Muraille (2015) Toronto. Video installation with performance, in collaboration with choreographer Brandy Leary, sound artist James Bunton and lighting designer Siobhan Sleath.


oborn contemporary, toronto, boreal collective
oborn contemporary, toronto, boreal collective

<- 'The Collective', O'Born Contemporary Toronto 2015

The Collective surveys the broad-ranging work of members of Toronto-based, Boreal Collective. Each small selection of work is but a token, pointing to thorough and thoughtful chronicles of contemporary humanity. Through examinations of our present-day, they make evident the history upon which we develop or decline. These are stories of land, of power, of culture and tradition. These are stories of loss and remembrance. 

Founded in Toronto in 2010, Boreal Collective is the common ground between internationally based photographers Laurence Butet-Roch, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Rafal Gerszak, Brett Gundlock, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Matt Lutton, Eamon Mac Mahon, Mauricio Palos, Jonathan Taggart, and Ian Willms. They are united by a desire to document humanity and its intricate realities in our rapidly evolving world. From photojournalism to contemporary photography, each member's individual practice is as diverse as his or her cultural and social background. It is the interplay between them that allows Boreal to carry out far-reaching projects that inspire greater creative and social consciousness. Boreal Collective's mandate is to explore complex narratives and communicate stories visually, with patience, commitment and integrity. In addition to enriching the practices of its members, Boreal Collective has been the starting point for grassroots exhibitions, educational events, publishing initiatives and artistic collaborations that have involved photographers from all over the world.

circuit gallery, prefix institute of contemporary art, toronto, apprehensions
circuit gallery, prefix institute of contemporary art, toronto, apprehensions

<- 'Apprehensions', Circuit Gallery @ Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art Toronto 2015.

art gallery of ontario, nuit blanche, cascade, video installation
nuit blanche, cascade, video installation

<- 'Cascade', Art Gallery of Ontario + Nuit Blanche 2014. Video installation in collaboration with choreographer Brandy Leary and sound artist James Bunton.

boreal collective, street exhibition, mexico

<- 'Boreal Collective', street exhibition, Cholula Mexico 2013.

CONTACT photo festival, feature exhibition, toronto, gallery 345, circuit gallery

<- 'Scenes From Here', with Jim Verburg, curated by Claire Sykes. Gallery 345 Toronto 2012.

institute of contemporary art san jose, california, group exhibition

<- 'Size Matters', Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose 2011.

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