Friday, April 30, 2010

New Photography course at The University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies

Art and Society in the History of Fashion Photography

Rooted in the notion that photography deals with powerful imagery, fashion photographs provide visual clarity and metaphor for a discussion of art and society.

Join us if you love photography, art, history and fashion. Made to establish canons of taste while attracting buyers, fashion photographs of model, garment, pose and décor are as much indications of changing styles in the arts as of attire.

Great fashion photographers are interdisciplinary artists who introduce ways of seeing fashion through the major movements in art and society. We will explore fashion photography including the dominant aesthetic styles and movements in art including Art Deco, Surrealism and Modern and Post Modernism. Experience dazzling visual presentations of the major fashion trends of the twentieth century through the eyes of great fashion photographers such as: Edward Steichen, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.

The real beginning of fashion photography as a genre began in the 1920s when Conde Nasts publication Vogue devoted its entire magazine to presenting elegant attire for the elite in three separate editions in London, New York and Paris.

You will discover that fashion is not ephemeral or having misplaced values but in a larger sense it is important as a record not only of fashion description and photographic style but also of artistic influence, commercial impact and cultural customs. Fashion photographs are also significant as an index of transformations in social, cultural and sexual mores and thus indicative of attitudes by and toward women in society.

Enjoy the instructor’s enthusiasm for the subject and her engaging teaching style making all aspects of these presentations interesting.

The course starts on September 15, 2010 and continues for 8 weeks until November 3, 2010 on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Registration is at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies starting on June 1, 2010.

Professor Susanne Jeffery Dip Photo., B.A., B. Ed., MFA

Susanne Jeffery has balanced lecturing at universities, colleges, galleries, and museums with extensive practical work as a commercial and artistic photographer in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and France for more than three decades.

Susanne has lived her life engaged with visual communication lecturing at the International Center of Photography in New York City, Bennington College in Vermont, University of Westminster in London, England, Stevenson College in Edinburgh and Sheridan College and Ryerson University in Toronto.

Key Porter Books published Picture Perfect, her best selling book on photography. The book sold a record 30,000 copies in Canada.

Susanne studied art, photography and French at the University of Toronto, Goddard College and the Sorbonne in Paris. Her personal focus is fashion photography in the context of art, history, fashion and society.

Her popular courses are enormously effective and focused. Susanne enjoys excellent rapport with her students and encourages meaningful questions and discussion. Knowledge of most fields in photography coupled with great enthusiasm for the subject inspires confidence in her abilities.

CONTACT Fesitval Launch Tonight!

Festival Launch & The Mechanical Bride Opening

Date: Friday April 30, 7 - 10pm
Location: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art; 952 Queen St W

Come celebrate the launch of the 2010 festival and the opening of The Mechanical Bride, one of three primary exhibitions in CONTACT this year. Mirroring a world devoted to the image, this critically provocative exhibition explores the social and cultural affect of images and their emotional and political implications. Artists John Armstrong & Paul Collins, Dana Claxton, Kota Ezawa, Jacqueline Hassink, David LaChapelle, Ryan McGinley, Josephine Meckseper, Matt Siber, Alec Soth and Britta Thie reveal the vital connections between mass media, advertising, painting and photography.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ruth Kaplan exhibits her work for CONTACT 2010 at Ryerson Gallery

Ruth Kaplan
“Some Kind of Divine, Testimony and Confession”
Ryerson MFA Documentary Media exhibition
Contact 2010 at Ryerson Gallery

Malka Greene, an independent curator based in Toronto, has chosen Ruth Kaplan to present her thesis project Some Kind of Divine, Testimony and Confession for a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Gallery during this year’s Contact Festival. Presented under the thematic umbrella of “Pervasive Influence,” Ruth Kaplan’s work examines the manifestation of religious faith in various communities. Juxtaposing photography and video, Kaplan’s work questions notions of faith and belief, allowing for a range of voices to be heard on the subject.

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Reminder! Free Saturday Screenings!

Urban Landscape Series
April 24th, 2010

3:00 PM

Garbage Warrior

Dir. Oliver Hodge (UK: 2007), 86 mins
: Garbage Warrior is a documentary film about New Mexico based architect Michael Reynolds and his radical idea that garbage could be turned into housing. The film was shot over three years and in four different countries. It documents the struggles of people accepting his vision of thermal mass and energy-independent housing made out of what society throws away everyday. Oliver Hodge has documented Michael Reynolds 30 year quest with his ‘green disciples’ to advance Earthship Biotecture and the need for self-sufficient, environmentally friendly housing. Though politicians were not keen on his ideas, with natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis affecting many parts of the world, Michael and his team set out to use their ideas to help those who need it. The film won Most Popular Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, nominated at the British Independent Film Awards and was also nominated at the Kyoto Planet Climate For Change Award 2007. This film has been screened all over the world and is a documentary that can change the way we view subsidized housing and garbage.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Video of Robert Burley's Installation at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Robert Burley's installation measuring 66’ x 18’ is the positive and negative images from the implosion of the Kodak-Pathé film factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. The image resembles a pulled apart Polaroid.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Anthony Koutras Interview in Checkout [ART]

Anthony Koutras discusses the everyday objects in his exhibition, Canadian art in general and the passive encounter with everyday objects. The interview is featured on the home page of the website.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Anthony Koutras' Book "Explication" On Sale Now!

Anthony Koutras' new book Explication is now available on The book includes the composites of the sculptures he creates from streetscape objects as well as photos of the sculptures of the everyday objects. Explication is available in both hardcover and softcover.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Alison Rossiter Review Written in the Calgary Herald!

Art born of darkroom alchemy

Work plays on mysteries of photography

Alison Rossiter: Latent and Chris Cran: "if something appears to be photographic it is," on view at Trepanier Baer Gallery, through May 1.

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"It is hard to pinpoint exactly where the mysterious beauty of Alison Rossiter's work is located.

Some of it was pulled out of the air by chance and some of it is wrought. Beauty and mystery both have to do with her materials and the ways she uses them to make her work. All of it is brought to light in the dark, and born in an idea.

The darkroom is paramount because Rossiter skips the first step in the usual process of making a photograph. She does not use a camera. She produces cameraless photographic images, which she coaxes out of hiding with her photographer's alchemy. Much, but not everything, depends on her use of expired photographic paper, which she collects and buys on eBay. She may or may not expose the paper to light, but she will treat it with the darkroom chemistry of developer, stop and fixer.

Rossiter's images are abstractions and it helps to know how they were made because her work is a lot about materials and process and her process is radical. She has stripped photography down to a light source, light-sensitive material and darkroom chemistry.

Instead of printing out an image made on a negative, the 57-year-old photographer chooses the paper itself as the originator of the imagery. As there is no master negative, each image is unique. In her work, image and object are conceptually as well as physically inseparable.

The TrepanierBaer show contains 29 works from five series and one single image. The Stacks and one of the Lament series are photograms, the first of books, the second of expired film sheets. A photogram is made by placing an object on a piece of photosensitive paper, exposing it to light and developing the image on the paper with darkroom chemistry. The image is a negative shadow that varies in tone depending on the density or transparency of the object. In these two series, the paper is contemporary.

A second Lament series consists of silver gelatin prints made by simply putting expired 20th-century paper, exact date unknown, into the developer to see what was there. This produced silver markings on the warm cream paper that look like light reflecting on water. The Pools and Pours were made on expired Japanese paper from the 1920s and 1930s that was totally exposed to light, so that a processed sheet would print solid black. The paper has a delicate, polished surface; the glossy forms are deep black with knife-thin edges.

Rossiter creates these images, which recall abstractions by such artists as Morris Louis, Tony Smith and Elsworth Kelly, but are what they are, by pouring developer onto selected areas of the otherwise dry paper. Although the sheet was exposed, the developer still acts on the emulsion to produce the black shapes.

Many artists work with photograms, one of the oldest forms of photography, but no one else I know of works the way Rossiter does with expired photographic papers. There, in the paper, is where mystery lies.

The oldest paper in her collection dates back to 1911. She has papers from the 1920s to the recent past. Whenever she gets a new batch of old paper the first thing she does is to test a sheet to find out if anything is there. There is often a surprise.

What Rossiter has found includes fogging, mould that creates Jackson Pollock-like traceries, borders of silvery oxidation, other effects of deterioration and, what never had occurred to her, fingerprints of long ago photographers who were the last to handle the paper, before her. The archaeological element of her project points not only to individual photographers, however, but also to the history of photography, the industrial history of paper, technological developments in photography, market economy and shifting consumer trends.

Rossiter's project is conceptual and rigorous. A rare combination of exquisite visual poetry and industrial history, it demonstrates the contingency of photography, which has always been there. The two series under the title, Lament, note the passing of the pre-digital era in photography and the materials that supported it. The title of the show, Latent, refers to the dormant imagery in the expired papers and, perhaps, to the latent potential of materials that are vanishing along with analogue photography.

Speaking of the photograms of expired and discontinued film sheets, grey on grey compositions in which the centred film sheets are something like stele or tombstones, Rossiter says, "I wanted the pieces of film to disappear into the dark grey tones of the paper just as the films have disappeared into the past. It is a lament for something lost."

The idea of latency, on the other hand, suggests that new life can be breathed into obsolete materials. This is what Rossiter, who began her career as a photographer in Calgary and Banff, where she studied with Bob Alexander at the Banff Centre at age 17, does with brilliant results.

As a foil to the basic non-illusionistic nature of Rossiter's work, Chris Cran's Untitled (Photo Series) presents six intriguing ink drawings that evoke the photographic largely by mimicking the negative shadow of the photogram. Cran has long played with the idea and look of the photographic in his paintings, mimicking both the positive/negative aspect of the daguerreotype image and the dot screen of offset printing.

In juxtaposing the work of these two artists, the exhibition raises questions, such as What is photography and what can it become? Certainly, one of the many answers is this: photography is an idea that permeates our culture." - Nancy Tousley

Reminder! Free Saturday Screening!

April 17th, 2010

3:00 PM
Next: A Primer on Urban Painting

Dir. Pablo Aravena (Canada: 2005), 95 mins - Next: A Primer on Urban Painting is a Canadian documentary film that explores the subculture of graffiti. The film travels to nine different countries to explore the art; Canada, USA, Japan, France, Holland, Germany, England, Spain and Brazil. The film includes interviews with artists, writers and others involved in the urban visual culture. The film has been screened at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto as well as many other venues across the world. The director, Pablo Aravena takes an in-depth look into the worldwide phenomenon and allows for the viewers to understand the art of graffiti.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sarah Anne Johnson review in Canadian Art!

Journalist Mary Reid reviewed Sarah Anne Johnson's choreographed installation Dancing With The Doctor, which deals with her Grandmother's past as a unsuspecting patient of a CIA research project in Montreal. The exhibition was located at Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg from February 6th to March 5th 2010. The exhibition is the a continuation from her earlier series House On Fire.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jaret Belliveau and Vid Ingelevics in Gallery 44's Photopia 2010 Tonight

Gallery 44, located at 401 Richmond Street West, has their annual Spring fundraising exhibition, sale and party Photopia 2010 on tonight. There will be a lottery draw with many prizes, an exhibition of works and admission is free. The Supporters Preview is exclusive to friends of Gallery 44 who have or would like to contribute $50 or more and has a reception and advance sale.


Supporters Preview
Thursday, April 15th - 6 pm to 8 pm

Opening Reception
Friday, April 16th - 6 pm to 10 pm

Sales continues
until April 24 - Tues to Sat 11 am to 5 pm

For more information and a list of participating artists:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Reminder! Free Saturday Screenings!

Environmental Surroundings
April 10th, 2010

3:00 PM
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on The Alberta Tar Sands

Dir. Peter Mettler (Canada: 2009), 43 mins: Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives On The Alberta Tar Sands looks at the giant oil reserve in Alberta and the effects it is having on the environment. The film looks at the water, earth, animal and human lives this massive energy production site is harming. By looking at the area, which is the size of England, from a helicopter, Petropolis allows the viewer to see the massive bigger picture. Making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009, the film looks into society’s dependence on oil and it shows us how it is affecting Alberta and destroying the environment around the area.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gabor Szilasi awarded Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Artists get GG awards

By Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun

"Six Canadian artists were awarded the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts at the National Gallery of Canada Wednesday.

Haida sculptor and printmaker Robert Davidson, filmmaker Andre Forcier, painter Rita Letendre, video artist Tom Sherman, photographer Gabor Szilasi, painter Claude Tousignant and glass sculptor Ione Thorkelsson were acknowledged by an independent jury of their peers for their “significant contribution to the development of visual and media arts over the lifetime of their careers.” Administrator Terry Ryan won the Outstanding Contribution Award for his work with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

Each GG laureate was given $25,000 at a swanky dinner, hosted by Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall Wednesday night, and an exhibition of their work will open at the National Gallery Saturday and run until June 20.

It’s our way of thanking groundbreaking artists, who began working in the 1970s, for their contributions to our national cultural heritage, even if most Canadians don’t know who they are.

Take, for example, Andre Forcier. Barely known in English Canada, the pioneering Quebec filmmaker put French Canada on international screens in the early 1970s with his films “Bar Salon,” “L’eau chaude, l’eau frette” and “La vent du Wyoming.”

Toronto’s Tom Sherman began experimenting with video art practically before there was video, certainly as we now know it. The co-founder of Toronto’s Fuse Magazine and the alternative A Space Video Gallery, Sherman’s video work was so new in the 1970s, there was one of only three locations in that entire city you could see it; A Space, Trinity Video and TV Ontario.

Or Gabor Szilasi, the Hungarian immigrant who began snapping stills of Montreal’s streetlife as early as 1959 and continues right up to today. (The National Gallery hosted an exhibition of Szilasi’s large-scale photographs in 2009.)

This is as good as Canadian art gets. The seven winners are all internationally esteemed artists within art circles.

Getting recognized by the average Canadian is another matter altogether, which is why the Governor General’s Award was created in 1999 in the first place.

Sherman will present a free screening of his video art at the National Gallery’s lecture hall on April 17 at 2 p.m.

Then, on April 22 at 6 p.m, the public is invited to a screening of Forcier’s latest film “Je me souviens” — with English subtitles — also at the gallery’s lecture hall."

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Benoit Aquin's "Far East, Far West" Named One of Canada's 30 Best Designed Books of Year!

The Alcuin Society has chosen the 30 winners for the best designed Canadian books and Benoit Aquin's Far East, Far West won first prize in the pictorial category designed by Studio Feed. The winning books will be exhibited around the world including; Germany, England and in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair. The books will also be shown in 19 Canadian exhibitions.

For complete list of winners and more information:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Houselink's Auction 2010 - Double Exposure!

I hope you will help us support Houselink on April 15th. Houselink does amazing work providing supportive housing for their members. Houselink’s individualized supports enable members to keep their homes, even through episodes of serious illness. Members report that since they moved into Houselink, hospitalizations are fewer, and shorter. Many members have re-united with their children, returned to school, and obtained jobs. As you can imagine, Houselink needs every bit of assistance you can offer and the event on April 15th is their largest event of the year.

Please join us on April 15th, we promise you a great time.

The link below contains the details of the live auction items. If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation. We are also able to help with absentee bids.

Best regards,

Please click here to view Live Auction items:

Toronto’s photography community comes together on
April 15th in support of a great cause.

Houselink’s Auction 2010 – Double Exposure
Thursday, April 15th, 2010 – Palais Royale Ballroom – Doors 6:30pm. Auction at 8pm.
Tickets $60 (in advance), $75 at the door.

Hosted by Andria Case, CTV News anchor and reporter, Houselink’s Auction raises money for programs that support over 500 Torontonians that are recovering from mental health issues and homelessness.

Live Photography Auction. Wine Tasting. Mark Eisenman.
The evening features a live photography auction. This year’s live auction features works by the artists featured above (L to R): Andy Summers, Sara Angelucci, Jesse Boles, Scott Conarroe, Adolph Fassbender and Dianne Bos.

For more information and tickets visit:

The evening also includes a performance by renowned jazz pianist Mark Eisenman. The Wines of Chile will be pouring samples of up to 30 different vintages.

The evening is made possible with support from CONTACT and our other amazing event partners: Stephen Bulger Gallery, Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation, Zenergy Communications, Wines of Chile.

Auction lots have been generously contributed by many galleries, artists and collectors including: Andy Chatwood & Kendra Simmons, Camera Lucida, Dianne Bos, Edward Day Gallery, Elizabeth Siegfried, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Jesse Boles, John Latour, Karin Bubas, Kelly McCray, Peaceworks Now Productions, Marcia Rafelman Fine Arts, Newzones Gallery, Peter Hill, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Reg Bronskill, Sanaz Mazinani, Sara Angelucci, Scott Conarroe, Sonja Scharf, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Steven Evans Vintage Photograph, Tamara Bahry-Paterson, Tek, Wynick-Tuck Gallery.

Buy your ticket to Houselink's Auction-Double Exposure by clicking here!

Help support a permanent solution to homelessness.
Donate to Houselink.

Sarah Anne Johnson included in “Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance” at the Guggenheim Museum

Sarah Anne Johnson's "Tree Planting" series is on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

To read a review of the Exhibition in the NY Times, please click here:

Friday, April 2, 2010

REMINDER! Free Saturday Screening!

Environmental Surroundings
April 4th, 2010

3:00 pm
The End Of The Line

Dir. Rupert Murray (UK: 2009), 85 mins: The End of the Line is a documentary film that explores the effects of overfishing and the diminishing effects it is having on marine life. The film debuted at Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and is based on the book The End of the Line by Charles Clover. Narrated by Ted Danson, The End Of The Line looks into the popular demand for certain types of seafood and how it is leading to the extinction of certain species in the ocean. The documentary looks at politicians, fisherman and those involved in the seafood industry to investigate the problem. The film travels across the globe from Alaska, Newfoundland, the Bahamas, to the Tokyo fish market and many more locations that show the possible end of sea life as we know it.