Thursday, April 30, 2009

FREE Saturday film screening in CAMERA: LAMENT

3:00 PM

SUNSET BOULEVARD
Dir. Billy Wilder (USA, 1950) 110 mins


There has never been another film quite like this eerie Oscar-winning cinema classic. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a forgotten queen of silent films, lives surrounded by her past in a decaying mansion on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. Her life begins to change when Joe Gillis (William Holden), a down-on his-luck young screenwriter, works with her to create a film that will ensure her triumphant return to the screen. Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough and Jack Webb play supporting roles. Director Cecil B. DeMille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent film figures Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner and Anna Q. Nilsson.

Camera is located at 1028 Queen Street West, Toronto, 416.530.0011, www.camerabar.ca

Mateo Guez: Off World

Please join us for the opening reception for “Off World”, an installation of images and videos by Mateo Guez part of the 2009 Contact Toronto Photography Festival.

MAY 1 - 31
Opening Reception MAY 2, 2 - 5PM




Super Hero, Smoky Mountain, 2008

Mateo Guez eloquently captures the lives of children who live, work and play in Smoky Mountain. One of the world’s worst slums, where entire families scavenge to survive, Smoky Mountain is a mound of refuse outside of Manila, in the central Philippines, named after the methane-heavy mist hovering over it.

Guez shows us children whose wonderment and joy transcend a backdrop of extreme adversity. We cannot help but re-examine our quest for meaning in objects faced with the reality of those who have less than nothing and live off the excess of others.

Our view of the world changed with the invention of the camera, and with each new technological advancement in photography our relationship to the observable world is redefined. Kodak’s Brownie changed the way we photograph by bringing the camera into the homes of everyday people; the Polaroid camera gave us the near-instantaneous image; the digital camera engendered infinitely manipulable multiples, re-broadcasted and shared. Guez challenges our preconceptions of the camera by using his Motorola Z10 mobile phone as an extension of his body to frame his direct experience.

In a street-level installation designed by Andrew Mallis, viewers can engage in a unique forum with Guez’s video wall while stills are delivered virtually to their mobile phones. The gallery is immaterial and the image, though multiple, is personal; both exist in the intimate, yet social, spaces now extended by mobile media.
Curated by Sanaz Mazinani.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Images from Alison's Opening on Saturday

Alison Rossiter, Scott Conarroe and Geoffrey James




Alison with Tom & Mary Ann Adlhoch & Eliana

Friday, April 24, 2009

Double-Exposure 2009

WOW, phew, HOORAY!

I think this is a pretty great story, but I’ll try to be brief because a friend said my postings were way too long.

In 2001 Carole Tanenbaum asked if I could help an organization called Houselink Community Homes out of a bind. They provide supportive housing and programming to help their members break the cycles of poverty that many become trapped in. Although they are lauded for their work, the government of the day was cutting back their funding by about $20,000.00 which would cause them to cancel some of their successful programs. We thought an auction of vintage and contemporary photographs might work and we enlisted just about everyone we knew to help us out. To our amazement we were able to raise over $40,000.00! It was decided to make it an annual event and in the following years we were able to grow the event.

This year we had an ambitious goal. Although the current economic situation makes raising money an even more difficult task than usual, if we were able to keep our totals close to what we’ve been able to raise in the past, our grand total raised since the event’s inception would bring us over the million dollar mark.

Please look at this website to see names of some of the wonderful people (artists, galleries, individuals and corporations) who gave so generously: www.double-exposure.ca.

Our Auctioneer, Aly Boltman, did a fantastic job coaxing bidders who, in the end, paid $34,740.00 for items that had a total value estimated at $41,050. All things considered this has to be seen as a great result, but it did leave us exactly $5,150.00 short of our goal. Our MC, Andrea Case of CTV News, jumped to the podium and offered a behind the scene tour for whatever money people would care to donate. There was aggressive bidding by a couple of people – one of whom kept bidding against himself after apparently winning the lot at $2,000.00. After doubling his contribution, the under bidder was also awarded the tour for an amount that made up the difference to bring us over the million dollar amount. For me the icing on the cake was that the under bidder was Jodi Tanenbaum who had been the chief organizer of the event for many years. It was a very emotional moment. When the evening’s entertainment, Tyler Yarema, took the stage there was definitely reason to celebrate.

I hear one million, do I hear two?

Call for Submissions


ART EMERGENCY
PHOTO INSTALLATION in PRHC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Stephen will be juror for this great initiative to create a permanent installation of photographs in the Dembroski Emergency Department of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

The aim is to enrich the healing environment for patients and their families, contributing to building a dynamic culture of public art in the community.

We are looking for submissions of photographs from the Kawartha region that resonate with the landscape and the people who live in that community.

The Deadline for submission is May 20, 2009. For more details click on the file to the right.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

FREE Saturday film screening in CAMERA: LAMENT

April 25, 2009
3:00 PM

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Dir. Alfonso Cuarón (USA, 1998) 111 mins


Based on Charles Dickens' timeless love story published in 1861, the film tells the story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns Finn (Ethan Hawke), a fisherman-turned artist from Florida, whose childhood love is a wealthy girl named Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow). A mysterious benefactor makes all of Finns dreams come true, but his ultimate goal is making Estella fall in love with him.

Camera is located at 1028 Queen Street West, 416.530.0011, www.camerabar.ca

2009 Sobey Art Award - Longlist Announced

Organizers of the $70,000 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent prize for contemporary Canadian art, have announced the longlist of 25 artists selected by the Curatorial Panel.

We are pleased that our gallery artist Sarah Anne Johnson has been selected!

Kia and the Moon, 2005

WEST COAST AND YUKON
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky; Luanne Martineau; Keith Langergraber; Evan Lee; Julie York

PRAIRIES AND THE NORTH
Paul Butler; Marcel Dzama; Sarah Anne Johnson; Jon Pylypchuk; Althea Thauberger

ONTARIO
Shary Boyle; Christian Giroux & Daniel Young; Luis Jacob; Kelly Richardson; Derek Sullivan

QUÉBEC
David Altmejd; Raphaëlle de Groot; Manon De Pauw; Pascal Grandmaison; Adad Hannah

ATLANTIC
Alexandra Flood; Tara K. Wells; Ilan Sandler; Graeme Patterson; Joe McKay

The shortlist for the 2009 Sobey Art Award will be announced on May 1, 2009. Selected work from the shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia running September 5 to November 5, 2009. The winner will be announced during a gala event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 15, 2009.

The 2009 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel comprises: Liz Wylie, Curator, Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitty Scott, Director, Visual Arts, The Banff Centre; Ivan Jurakic, Curator, Cambridge Galleries; Louise Déry, Director/Curator, Galerie de l'Université du Québec à Montréal; Terry Graff, Curator and Deputy Director, Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Luis Mallo exhibition: Open Secrets

Gallery artist, Luis Mallo, currently has an exhibition of photographs up at the Jersey City Museum of Art.

The show features work from his new series "Open Secrets". The project began in 2006, and focuses on the storage spaces of museums, places that are normally concealed or out of bounds to the public .


Luis writes "I have for some time been interested in photographing these 'hidden’ spaces' as a way to reveal some aspect of their functionality, but in fact, what draws me to these environments is really their inaccessibility, their mystery".

To see installation views of the show you can visit his website www.luismallo.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Alison Rossiter

LAMENT

April 25 - May 23, 2009


The gallery is pleased to present “Lament”, an exhibition of new work by Alison Rossiter that pays homage to the disappearing materials of analogue photography.

Dupont Defender Varigram R, expires December 1952, processed 2009

In the project, “Lament”, Rossiter creates photographic objects that rely on the intrinsic qualities of expired papers. She collects expired photo papers from throughout the 20th Century and processes them to reveal the years of extemporaneous exposure, moisture, humidity, and physical disruptions that have created latent imagery. The remarkable images she produces are silver abstractions and illusions, which come from coaxing these silver gelatin papers to completion.

The artist writes, “Five years ago, I thought that I could no longer buy sheet film for a 5 x 7 camera. Fortunately, I was mistaken, but my momentary panic prompted a massive search for discontinued gelatin silver materials. Photography, as I know it, is disappearing.” This project would have been unimaginable just some two decades ago when graded gelatin silver papers of every variety were still widely available and the norm. Considering the digital advances in photography, the work speaks to the materials of the medium and makes one aware of the subtlety and variety of photographic surfaces that are now a part of our history.

Rossiter has been making photographs since 1970, and in the past decade has focused her work on the elemental components of the photographic process. Exploring the inherent characteristics of the medium, she works in the darkroom to create photograms of books, light drawings of horses and formal contact prints of sheet film.

Rossiter’s photographs can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Centre for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; the Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton; the Winnipeg Art gallery, Winnipeg; the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, among many others.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ryerson New Media META 2009

Last night some of the gallery staff took a stroll between the three galleries hosting year-end festivities for students of Ryerson’s Image Arts Program. As always there was plenty to see in the fourth year photo exhibition Maximum Exposure. It was encouraging to see a full wall in Lennox Gallery dedicated to historical processes in a medium which is so quickly evolving from its roots. Despite some standout efforts, the highlight of the evening came about four blocks east of Max Ex at the Boroughs building, where perched on the third floor, META, the New Media year end show opened its doors.

Beautifully curated and heavily attended META showed a wide array of interactive, kinetic and static pieces, ranging from a 1000 long wish list printed on spare change to an interactive display chronicling the love affairs and loneliness of Craigslist. Perched in the center of this was a steadily evolving sand sculpture being robotically raked into an infinity sign.


I was truly impressed at the quality of work presented. At no point did I have a moment where the value of something had to be justified as “student work.” Each and every piece was original, professional and showed a great effort on the part of the artists involved.

For all of you that have struggled to define the meaning of new media, I strongly recommend a trip to the boroughs building for some lovely clarification.

META runs:
From April 16th to 18th 2009

For information on the exhibition visit:
http://www.metaart.ca/

Friday, April 17, 2009

Houselink’s Double Exposure Preview

Last night we hosted a successful Preview for the Double Exposure Photography Auction. The event itself will be on Thursday April 23rd at the Palais Royale.



All funds raised go to Houselink Community Homes who work hard to improve the quality of life for psychiatric survivors and people who are homeless by offering permanent affordable housing and through their many food and social programs. To see more about what they do visit their site at www.houselink.on.ca.

To buy tickets for the event and support this important cause click here!

Street or Studio: An Urban History of Photography

Here is a fun little piece on a great blog that you might want to check out.

The Tate's six typologies of urban photography

To see more of Sunil's work go to his website! We will be featuring this series in our exhibition this summer.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

FREE Saturday Film Screening at CAMERA: TRAVELS ACROSS AMERICA


April 18th, 2009

3:00 PM

EASY RIDER
Dir. Dennis Hopper (USA, 1969) 95 mins.

Easy Rider follows two bikers, Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), as they travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Their trip takes them through limitless, untouched landscapes, various towns, a hippie commune, and a graveyard, but also through areas where local residents are increasingly narrow-minded and hateful of their long-haired freedom and use of drugs.


CAMERA is located at 1028 Queen Street West; 416.530.0011;
www.camerabar.ca

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Andria Case Hosts Double Exposure 2009!


Andy Summers, Sting in Australia, 1980
Edward Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #12, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007


Two weeks from now, on April 23, Andria Case of CTV News

hosts EXPOSED: Double Exposure 2009 at the Palais Royale!


Now online at
www.double-exposure.ca:


Download the Auction Catalogue,
Learn more about our
Wine Tasting, courtesy of the Wines of Chile,
Make a donation to help us reach our million dollar goal,
Purchase a ticket and be part of the historic event!



Your support helps make meaningful programs possible for people recovering from mental illness and homelessness.

Donations can be made online through Canada Helps

by visting www.houselink.on.ca or www.double-exposure.ca.

All donations made to Double Exposure by April 15 will be recognized in the evening’s program. In addition, all donations over $500 will be recognized on the venue’s video screens at the event.

For more information:
Contact Tina at Houselink, 416-539-0690 ext 229 or tinala@houselink.on.ca

Thursday, April 9, 2009

FREE Saturday Film Screenings at CAMERA: TRAVELS ACROSS AMERICA

April 11th, 2009

3:00 PM

BONNIE AND CLYDE
Dir. Arthur Penn (USA, 1967) 112 mins


Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), a bored small-town girl, and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), a small-time bank robber, engage in a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to Texas. Based on a true story, the film personifies the two bank robbers that became minor celebrities to the Depression-struck Mid-West. People were proud to have been held up by Bonnie and Clyde; to their victims, the duo was doing what nobody else had the nerve to do. To the law, the two were evil bank robbers who deserved to be gunned down in their tracks.

Camera is located at 1028 Queen Street West; 416.530.0011; www.camerabar.ca

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

More on the AIPAD Photography Show


Heather Frederick, from VoxPhotographs: The Voice of Fine Art Photography in Maine, has written a very nice piece on her experience at AIPAD, featuring the Larry Towell photograph we had on display in our booth. Check it out here!

To read Stephen’s post on the AIPAD Photography Show, New York, click here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

IMAGES FESTIVAL Opening Night Gala

2 Cameras @ Sea: directed by Clive Holden, music by Oscar van Dillen

Last evening I attended the North American premiere of five short films commissioned by the Images Festival for their 2009 program. The turn out was incredible and the program fantastic! The screening included newly scores performed by Toronto’s Continuum Contemporary Music in a program entitled Notes on Composing: 5 collaborations in film and music featuring films by Christina Battle, Vera Frenkel, Clive Holden, Guy Maddin and Daïchi Saïto.

The opening Night Gala was the launch of a 10 day festival which will feature more that 90 films and videos by both local and international artists. I highly recommend that you check out their exciting programming!


Vid Ingelevics, Clive Holden & Andrew Mallis

Josef Hoflehner nominated for Prix Pictet 2009

We are delighted announce that Josef Hoflehner has been nominated for Prix Pictet 2009 - Earth.



The Prix Pictet, the world's first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability, is sponsored by Pictet & Cie, in association with the Financial Times, and has a single annual prize of annual prize of CHF 100,000. The prize has a unique mandate - to use the power of photography to communicate vital messages to a global audience. It is a unique goal - art of the highest order, applied to confront the pressing social and environmental challenges of the new millennium.

Awarding the inaugural Prix Pictet to Canadian photographer Benoit Aquin last October, Kofi Annan, Prix Pictet's Honorary President, said: "It is my hope that the Prix Pictet will help to deepen understanding of the changes taking place in our world and raise public awareness about the urgency of taking preventative action."

'Earth' in this context refers not only to the planet and the soil beneath our feet, but also to the marks that man makes on the face of the land-either directly by creating mines, toxic waste, vast refuse dumps and blasted desert landscapes; or indirectly, through the scars left by fire, flood or famine. It also refers to the impact of natural disasters: earthquakes, landslides and volcanoes.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Notes from AIPAD

I was in New York from March 21 – 30th for the annual AIPAD Photography Show New York.

Sunday was spent in a Board meeting (my first as President) for the Association. It was an 8-hour meeting that was very productive as we charted a course for the next three years. Although the industry has certainly been affected by the global economic shifts, it was a relief to hear that AIPAD members are holding up much better than many other types of dealers. I believe that more than ever people are looking for expert advice when they prepare to buy anything, so AIPAD dealers are especially well positioned to find opportunity within this new landscape. AIPAD celebrates its 30th year in 2009 and it is exciting to see us all looking to the future more than we tend to reflect on the past.

Monday was my day off, so I headed over to the MoMA. The retrospective of Martin Kippenberger was well worth the trip and buoyed my traditional trek around the other galleries to visit old favorites. Given that it is one of the few galleries open on Mondays and it was in the middle of March Break the place was simply packed; I have not seen it that crowded outside of major openings. After getting jostled around more than I’d like I decided to head for the exit, turned a corner and bumped into my brother Chris. He was there with his family en route home from the Barbados, so after surprising my sister in law Lilo, I spent the rest of the day going around the city with Ellie, Clara and Jack. The photograph was taken by Chris in Ellie’s favorite deli that she used while taking a course at Parsons.



Tuesday at 3pm we were allowed entry into the Park Avenue Armory to begin setting up the show. Both Sanaz Mazinani and Josh Morden were with me, so we had a good number of hands to help with an installation more difficult that we are used to because we were presenting new media works by Clive Holden and Jonathan Plante. This was the first year that AIPAD members included new media in their presentations, so we wanted to take full advantage. Installation also takes a lot of time because it is reunion time for a lot of us. I am fortunate to be part of this great group of individuals who are all passionate about photography and I really enjoy hanging out with these colleagues, sharing stories and buying rounds for each other (or enjoying terrific parties thrown by Sepia Gallery, Bruce Silverstein, Joe Baio, etc.). It reminds me of trading cards when I was younger. Although I wish it was always like that, I think I’d die of exhaustion.



The gala opening to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, Endowment for Photography Acquisitions at MoMA was a good success. I was relieved to be talking about photography more than I was talking about the economy, the latter subject the main source of discussion while I exhibited in Miami last December. We made some good sales early on and continued to be active through Sunday’s closing bell. The show itself had record crowds and the lectures had to turn people away due to lack of space. Bill Hunt’s idea for the INNOVATION exhibition was a resounding success and with the help of APERTURE, as well as AIPAD’s dedicated staff, we were able to produce a smart looking catalogue. We had strong interest in both the historical and contemporary works we brought which makes me very happy. I admit that my tastes are quite eclectic, and in my presentations at art fairs I like to show a taste of my different areas of interest, so I am especially happy when people admire the quality of our displays and we are able to have interest across the board. I am honoured to be representing the artists and estates that have entrusted us and proud for each and every sale we make on their behalf. I should say that I was also honoured to be included in Lisa Sette’s ‘men of AIPAD calendar’. The buzz in the room was music to our ears; the show exceeded expectations and put me in front of more masterworks that I could possibly list. If you’ve never been to an AIPAD fair, I encourage you to do so.

FREE Saturday Film Screenings at CAMERA: TRAVELS ACROSS AMERICA

April 4, 2009

3:00 PM

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (USA, 2006) 101 mins

Olive Hoover, a seven year old girl, has one goal: to win a beauty pageant. Her heroin-addicted grandfather is her coach, and when she becomes a finalist in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, her whole family takes on the road in an old run-down VW. The trip is anything but smooth; her father Richard is struggling to promote his self-help program, with no success, mother Sheryl is trying to simply keep her family happy and together, her brother Dwayne refuses to speak and wants to join the Air Force academy, and her uncle Frank must come with them after attempting suicide when he fell in love with one of his male graduate students.

Camera is located at 1028 Queen Street West; 416.530.0011; www.camerabar.ca