Philip Jessup

Marshscape-Canada's Spirit Habitats

Exhibition Dates: October 1-31, 2020

Coastal and inland wetlands are among the most valuable—and imperiled—ecosystems on the planet. They soak up and store huge amounts of atmospheric carbon in their roots and soils and offer a multitude of other societal benefits, like flood control and migratory bird habitat. They are realms of the spirit to indigenous peoples. By saving them, we can save ourselves. 

 

This exhibit of five Canada’s wetland systems is part of a larger international survey of important wetlands which showcases their beauty, variety and complexity. The photographer has partnered with local governments and environmental NGOs to show what determined conservation can yield as well as to raise funds for these efforts.

 

This exhibit features images from five important wetland systems across Canada, including the Ramsar Convention designated Fraser River Delta, B.C.; Minesing Wetlands, Ontario; and Grand Codory Estuary, Newfoundland and Labrador. Toronto’s Leslie Street Spit and the Lower Oxtongue River Delta in Ontario are also included as exemplary case studies of wetland creation and conservation.

 

An environmental leader most of his life, the photographer's 15-year body of work addresses the impact of climate change on wilderness landscapes and the villages that rely on them, including Pacific atolls and the Arctic. His images have been exhibited across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including the V&A Museum in London. Learn more about him and his work on his website.

Philip Jessup

Zeljka Alosinac and Bob Carnie

The Judy Collection

Exhibition Dates: August 27 - September 27 , 2020.

Drawing by Zeljka Alosinac

Photo by Bob Carnie

Zeljka

 

We wear clothing to both cover and reveal aspects of ourselves at the same time; selecting what we want others to see — the fabricated self. Clothing can hide, expose, redefine and re-contextualize. The artist chose this subject matter as a representation of the layers of meaning of our self-expression. In Zeljka Alosinac’s work, the garment appears within the folds of fabric on a faceless form and the end result is the viewer’s inability to access the individual or fully interpret meaning. The absence of the figure in the work disallows association with identity.

 

Zeljka’s career spans over 30 years in film set decoration, resulting in a love of fabric, material form, and light and shade on surface. Her chosen medium is large scale drawing on paper with this most recent series introducing the addition of pastel—a purity of pigment empowering the scale of the pieces and resulting in intensity and depth. Her creative process involves sourcing materials and inspiration for each garment. With influences as broad as 18thcentury women’s undergarments, or a window grating seen in Madiera, Zeljka begins by constructing form in 3-dimension, choosing materials; draping, pinning, sewing onto the form—often allowing the material to direct the process. The viewer looks for meaning in the constructed; the 2D rendering.  And for the artist, meaning exists in the construction and the deconstruction; in the process of making.

 

 

The drawings are all on BFK Rives paper 30 x 42, framed 36 1/2 x 49, media is charcoal and pastel. 

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​Bob

Bob Carnie is a Toronto based photographer and master printmaker. He owns Alternative Photo Services which has a complete printing facility and The Dylan Ellis photographic gallery onsite.

It has now been over 40 years that Bob has printed for photographers, galleries, museums and private collections. Over those years Bob has pursued a long term project of collecting and shooting various items, objects that we use, consume and in some cases throw away. Bob has captured a unique and quirky history of our times using large format film cameras.

 

In this series the pageant dresses were custom made for young ladies to compete in and most likely only worn once and never worn again. 

After taking the initial photograph each image was processed in chemicals and reversed or solarized using light exposure during development.

 

Each image is selected , scanned and then made into four series of separation films that are registered and in the printing process Bob hand coats a mixture of watercolour pigments in a solution of gum arabic  onto watercolour paper and using the historic Gum Bichromate printing process layers down colour and tone to create these uniquely different images that are one of the only permanent photographic processes know today.

 

Multi-colour Gum Bichromate prints. Each image is approximately 13 x 18 

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Zeljka Alosinac

Russell Monk

The Undaunted Eye - 40 Years of Photography

Exhibition Dates: March 7 - August 16 , 2020.

Russell Monk has had a dual existence over many years, both as an assignment photographer (mainly on location) for a multitude of magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, GQ., The Detroit Free Press, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail (where he covered the Rwanda Humanitarian crisis) as well as numerous advertising agencies, that saw him shoot major advertising campaigns for companies like Nike and Samsung, as well as Cuba tourism worldwide. And for design firms he travelled all over the globe shooting annual reports. His editorial work saw him shooting many portraits, including such luminaries as David Cronenberg, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Timothy Findley and Margaret Atwood, to name a few. And he was once contracted by Greenpeace International, where he was part of a crew that spent a month on the Brazilian Amazon, investigating and documenting the effects of illegal logging on the environment and the culture.

He also found the time to explore many personal projects that saw him travel and photograph extensively, the photographic results of which were often published or appeared in various exhibitions. This exhibition consists almost entirely of the latter and for the most part in black and white, Russell's preferred medium for many years - mainly silver gelatin prints, that he treasures for their contrast, deep blacks and range of tonalities. Not to mention their permanence.

The photographs exhibited here are made over a forty year span, and Russell's influences are clear-Irving Penn, Cartier-Bresson and Salgado, to name a few. They include images from Canada and the US, the far east, Indian religious festivals and it's ship breaking yards, Africa, Europe (even Albania!) and many from Mexico (where Russell has lived for some years now) and various other Latin American countries.

Russell has had one man shows in Toronto, New York and Mexico, where he had a show at the Bellas Artes museum. Most recently he was asked to participate in the 11th International Exhibition of International Art in Toledo, Spain. He has garnered countless awards and been featured in a number of Awards annuals such as, most notably, Communication Arts and American Photography- more than once.

He also won best "Travel writing" one year at the National magazine awards, besides photographic awards. His work, depicting the plight of the homeless in Tennessee is housed in the Museum of Civil Rights in Memphis.

Along with creative director Steve Mykolyn, he undertook a multi year project "El Dia de Los Muertos" resulting in a show and award winning limited edition book (and ultimately a documentary). He self-published a book called "Amusing World"- with a forward by the renowned writer and artist Douglas Coupland, with photographs from over twenty countries.

His most recent published body of work, "Proximos" was featured in the NY Times Lens Blog series. The Times has also published more recently Russell's ongoing series on Mexican "roof dogs" and "Havana at night" and last year he followed the migrant central caravan to Tijuana for them as well. And his work was published in the Sunday edition of the paper.

Russell's most recent body of prints- have been made using a historic archival Palladium process, duo tones gum over palladium using two or three negs. In some cases tri-colour gums over palladiums. Labour intensive. Hand made. No two the same. Very permanent. A beautiful combination of digital technology and historic analogue processes. All printed on Rag paper. Available in very limited editions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in Russell's Work from the exhibition.

Russell Monk
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