Saturday, June 22, 2013

Opening Today! Vid Ingelevics: Between art & Art

VID INGELEVICS: Between art & Art
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – July 20, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 5-9pm

“Between art & Art” is based on observations Ingelevics made during research in the photography archives of public institutions in North America and Europe.  Ingelevics (b. Toronto, Ontario, 1952) examined the historical work of usually anonymous museum staff photographers and noted how they and their work seemed to be situated somewhere between the “art” of photography – usually understood as technical practice - and the “Art” that was often their subject.

Vancouver Art Gallery #01. Vancouver, 2008
In the late 1990s, while working on the exhibition, “Camera Obscured,” which addressed the use of photography in public museums, Ingelevics noted that the uncertainty of the staff photographers’ institutional position seemed to extend to the images they produced.  He was often unable to determine why some images were made or even what their original subjects were. In many cases, little or no information accompanied the images because, at the time of their creation, their meaning was held to be stable, factual and self-evident.  For those who made and used the images, the question of meaning was simply obvious and no meta-data or captioning beyond the barest minimum seemed necessary.  
Metropolitan Museum of Art #40. New York, 2000

As years passed and those responsible for the production and use of the images were no longer at the institution, the lived experience that produced a context and sustained a certain understanding of the images dissipated. Ingelevics’ fascination with what now seemed so contradictory – a large format, sharp, highly-detailed image that appeared to be so purposeful, but so oddly arbitrary – led him to attempt the “impersonation” of one of those long forgotten museum staff photographers. From 2000 to 2008 he returned to many of the same institutions and, using similar large format camera equipment, he produced contemporary images of these sites that might have been made years earlier. 

Art Gallery of Ontario #04. Toronto, 2005
Ingelevics is an artist, curator and educator based in Toronto. He has exhibited his art and curated exhibitions across Canada, the U.S. and Europe at both private galleries and public institutions. He is the recipient of various awards, including grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.  His photographs can be found in private and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; The City of Toronto Archives, Toronto; the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark and the Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland. He is currently an Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto.
Kunstmuseum Thun #02, Thun. Switzerland, 2005

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM
Join us on Saturday afternoons for a series of films selected by our featured artist, Vid Ingelevics.  This film series offers a sampling of how museums have been depicted in popular culture. The main cinematic themes that museums seem to feature in historically are crime and horror. More recently, there has been a more comedy-oriented, populist turn in its representation (e.g., the recent 'Night at the Museum' films) as museums are beginning to be perceived as less stuffy and mausoleum-like and more as sites of family entertainment.
June 22
Dir. Lynn Shores (USA: 1940), 63 min.

June 29
Dir. William Wyler (USA: 1966), 127 min.

July 6
Dir. Hy Averback (USA: 1966), 99 min.

July 13
Dir. Peter Hyams (USA: 1996), 110 min.

July 20
Dir. Shawn Levy (USA: 2006), 108 min.

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