NEW AND INTERESTING
***This is a Contact 2020 show that was shut due to Covid.**
Exhibition Dates: March 10 - April 11, 2021
This group photography exhibition cases the latest work of 12 Canadian artists. Curated by Bob Carnie.
"Kennisis #4": image by Susan Kerr
Marlene Hilton Moore
Exhibition Dates: April 15-May 15, 2021
Artist in attendance.
In 1986 I was given my first Polaroid camera and captured Princess Diana on my first and second exposures during Expo '86 in Vancouver. She was 23; I was 10. That was the beginning of my fascination with the human subject and I've been illuminating the most captivating facets of people ever since.
I thrive on challenge and pushing the conventional applications of my craft. Being motivated by a particular sensibility, honed over many years, helps me to create a photograph rather than simply taking a picture. My goal has always been to enable the viewer to question what they think they've always understood rather than delivering what they've come to expect. Today this work continues with portrait and entertainment photography for a wide range of entertainment networks and music labels.
As my career has flourished, I've founded four successful and influential art projects: Pallas, Drawn to Develop, Front Lines and Covet Exhibition.
At a fundamental level, I am an inspired wanderer; a collector of people and places; and a catcher of beauty as it changes. I'm thrilled that my career continues to offer opportunities to create high-calibre work with engrossing subjects across an array of media and platforms.
- Brendan Meadows
FTW-FOREVER TWO WHEELS
Exhibition Dates: May 16-June 13, 2021
Artist in attendance.
Deeply immersed in the biker scene, Bryan Helm has documented motorcycle culture through his photography for over 20 years. "FTW-Forever Two Wheels"showcases the images that Bryan has captured over the years, chronicling the unique characters, beautiful motorcycles, stunt riders, racers, and celebrity bike builders he has encountered riding his Harley across the country to bike rallies and vintage races.
Bryan is featured in NY Motorcyclist magazine.
Exhibition Dates: June 18-July 18, 2021
Reception: June 20, 2021
Osheen Harruthoonyan is a photographer who merges movement with themes of cultural heritage and renewal. Hand printed on gelatin silver paper, his limited-edition prints bring together images of the micro - the sun, Saturn, mount Ararat - with the micro - specks of dust, tiny organisms - to create a new perspective of the world around us, challenging our perception of familiar sights and landscapes through interweaving themes of hope and wonder into the visual narratives we interact with on a daily basis. Osheen’s work has been featured in numerous international exhibits, collections and publications, most recently at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Louvre in Paris, as well as features on Vice!, Bravo! Arts, Space Channel, the CBC's "Exhibitionists" and the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Los Angeles.
Exhibition Dates: September 2-October 3, 2021
David L. Hunsberger, a professional photographer, documented the Ontario Mennonite community of which he was both a part, and apart from. Most compelling is his work from 1953- 1963 as it offers a portal to a unique community during a time of transition and transformation. His photographs of barnraisings, revival meetings and market days capture a collective experience delineated and expanded by portraits of individuals, all set against the landscape to which they belong.The simplicity of the resulting images is belied by the sophistication of his technique and compositions.Born in 1928, David L. Hunsberger took thousands of photographs over the course of his career as a commercial photographer. His choice of vocation was at odds with the beliefs of his community and their adherence to the old testament’s prohibition against using or creating ‘graven images’ and any practice that might spark or express vanity. That he was able to take these photographs, not from the outside looking in, but from within the community, is remarkable.This collection of his work is drawn from the earlier years, when, without the financial obligations of supporting a family he was able to explore his artistry and curate his curiosity.This collection offers much more than a documentation of a particular people, place and time. In these days of debate about difference and diversity it has something important to tell us about “othering” – about those who could look just like “us” choose to set themselves apart – and how this choice can both nurture and constrain both the observer and the observed.David L. Hunsberger’s work speaks not in emphatic and dogmatic tones but in a voice so thoughtful, measured and compelling we cannot but listen.