Opening Reception: Sunday January 29, 1-4 pm
"Beyond the Sentilnels" by Ryan Pecknick, photography
This series of photographs entitled, “Contemporary Landscapes” focuses on using the formal visual cues of contrast, line and color to bring forth the beauty found in contrasting forms and visual systems that reflect both the benefits and problems that come with land development. At the same time, this work is meant to show what is physically happening to our land and how our expansion could be done with more care, consideration, and celebration of the natural element of our suburban environment. Ryan chose these images because over time he sees the imperfections and disorder of the natural world come through the human organization.
"Sough Shore View" by Lisa Binnie, photography
The Leslie Street Spit is an otherworldly place of contradictions. Feral yet tended, landscape and waterscape, it is a renowned conservation area built on demolition waste located at the foot of Leslie Street in Toronto. The Spit generates a lot of art-making, in evidence on its rubble beaches and in the myriad responses one finds in galleries and books.
The selected photographs in this series come from Lisa’s own Leslie Spit Project. They were shot from dusk on, well into the night under the full moon. The resulting images are evocative, strange, almost romantic. The long exposures capture things we don’t see when we’re there: colour at night, stark reaching shadows, smeared trails of branches and flowers as they whip back and forth in the wind. You can almost hear the coyotes howl and the insects buzz all around you.
"Vaughn Mills" by Moira Ness, photography
A city paused, beautiful without sound.
Lights are turned on and the visual experience of a urban landscape setting,
otherwise in darkness, is transformed. Unseen spatial relationships reveal
themselves in the night lighting.
Driving around Toronto at night has led Moira to notice areas with intriguing ambient
lighting. She tries to isolate and preserve these scenes. Moira likes to share landscapes that
the public might not fully recognize. They may associate feelings of familiarity with
the landscape, but only completely know the scene in daylight.