Friday, October 16, 2009

Scott Conarroe: By Rail reception @ Art Gallery of Windsor Opens Tonight!

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Scott Conarroe, Monorail Station, Miami FL, 2008

Scott Conarroe: By Rail
October 3 to January 3 2010

In 2007 Scott Conarroe embarked on a journey across North America to photograph railroad infrastructure. His pictures of this sprawling socio-geographical network are a remarkable testament to its past glory and future potential. In these large, arresting photographs railroad tracks unify urban and rural environments. Largely empty of trains or people, these contemplative, elegiac photographs evoke a range of responses to what is arguably the defining technology of the modern nation state. Without implicitly articulating the critical role trains played in continental economic and social development, Conarroe’s singular, understated vision provides a phenomenal platform for viewers to consider the profound impact the railroad has had on our lives.

Conarroe is increasingly well known for his social landscapes of familiar places, which evoke romantic pictorial traditions while participating in contemporary photography’s critical discourse. His photographs of empty hockey rinks, town squares, back alleys and looming bridges have been exhibited in Canada and the USA. Conarroe is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

Accompanied by a major publication with texts by Robert Bean and exhibition curator James Patten, Scott Conarroe: By Rail will tour nationally starting in 2010.

Join us for the opening reception at 7:00 P.M. on October 16, a Fridays’ Live! event.

Sponsored by Scotia McLeod

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