Contact Photo Festival: A Foundation of Ash Q&A Pt 2

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April 17-May 13

Opening Reception April 27 6pm-pm

PART 1

For his first exhibition as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, St John’s based artist Will Gill travelled to wildfire locations in Canada to capture the aftermath of the events. Through staged photography, using props and the charred remains of the environment as backdrop, Gill explores aspects of darkness and hope, transcendence and the human condition.

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Q: Tell me about this new body of work, that you will be exhibiting for the first time as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

A: Part of my interest as an artist is exploring alien environments that are stark and somehow “in between”. In other words, places where it is uncertain to know what has happened before or what is going to happen after. When I heard about the forest fire in Fort McMurray in May of 2016, I decided that a post-wildfire landscape was such a place. I bought my plane ticket and travelled there in early july 2016, two months after the fire.

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What is Connections?

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We are undergoing a lot of changes here at 1840 Danforth! We have a new brand name, Alternative Photo Services, which encompasses the gallery, print shop and pop up shows. Within this new brand is Connections.

Carissa and Bob are very excited about this new venture, and hope you are too! Here they give a bit of history surrounding Connections, and what to expect!

 

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How did Connections come to be? 

 Connections is Carissa’s name, but the concept is a very long time coming for me.

When I started my company in 1991 I only did film and contacts.  My loyal customers have kept asking me to do more, like print portfolios, print exhibits, frame and mount, this led to the Elevator Gallery at 9 Davies in 1998. This experience showed me the difficulties of running a gallery but as well the need for a place for photographers to exhibit.

Now we see the need for our artists to exhibit and be known in other markets, which enhances their visibility and builds solid CV’s and reputation as a reliable working photographer who exhibits work.

The move to the Danforth, and building the gallery (which is above our printing and framing facility) was the first step.

The addition of Carissa and her marketing abilities allowed us to first work with groups in Montreal, now Washington, New Orleans and five other locations swirling around in her brain.

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February Portfolio Pop Ups

 

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February 6-12 | Matthew Plexman, Monica Glitz, Kevin Kelly                                             February 13-19 | Robert McIntyre, John Migicovsky, Sandy King                                       February 20-26 | David Hunsberger, Bob Carnie, Laura Patterson, Philip Jessup

February will be the month of pop ups!

Featuring the images of photographers whose work is on site in the gallery, matted and ready for presentation, each show will be displayed on easels.

During the pop ups in February, the gallery hours will be extended on Thursdays to 8pm in order to accommodate later viewings.

Toronto Offsite Design Festival

January 16-January 22

The Dylan Ellis Gallery is very excited to be hosting an installation for the Toronto Offsite Design Festival. On January 19th from 6-9pm, we will be combining the opening reception of Human Memory/The Soul of the Earth, a two person photography show, and the Offsite installation presented by SUMO Projects and artist Michele Guevara.

“Going into its 7th year, TO DO transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

In January 2016, TO DO had direct participation from 400+ designers and artists, 99,000+ visitors, 58+ million press impressions, and 66+ million brand impressions.”

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SUMO Project is taking its Latin-American background to task by integrating the traditions of weaving and basketry into the design of Leonia Luminaire and Thesis Bench.

Textile art has been part of indigenous practices since precolonial times, assuming an important role in the development of human civilization and culture. Beyond its practical uses, textile art has also incorporated rich designs and colours into its more than 10,000-year evolution. Most of these designs, as many other ornamental practices, were used to embellish the skin, tell stories or represent tribal traditions. The use of vivid colours, for example, has remained as an expression of happiness and of the positive outlook that characterizes Latin-American culture.

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February Alt Workshop!

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What                                                                                                                                                 Platinum palladium and gum over palladium printmaking workshop

When                                                                                                                                                 February 11th and 12th | 9am-5pm

Where                                                                                                                                                      1840 Danforth

Cost                                                                                                                                                          $350 plus tax   Includes all materials

We know that through exhaustive research on print permanence that the noble             metals of platinum palladium will not fade, in fact the paper will decompose before the metal will go away. Platinum palladium and gum over palladium have the look, texture and feeling of work done in the very beginning of photographic printmaking. Contemporary prints cannot give us the colour palette and physical sense that these two processes offer. In both cases the paper is Hahnemühle Platinum. The noble metal of platinum palladium sinks into the very fabric of this paper and any resulting pigment is layered on top for an exquisite image.

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Alt Photo Revolution does Glen Echo!

First stop on the US tour is Glen Echo Park, visiting our friends at Photoworks!

On March 28th 2017, we will be setting up the pop up show in the Ballroom Annex. During the afternoon, we will be hosting portfolio viewings and inviting curators and gallerists to come see the show. In the evening, a more formal reception will take place that is open to the public.

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Ballroom Annex

Accommodations and Attractions

The main area of downtown Bethesda, the closest city to Glen Echo Park, is around Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street. Here you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. Both the Hyatt Regency and and Hilton Garden Inn are within walking.

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Alt Photo Revolution does New Orleans!

The second stop on the US tour is to New Orleans to visit our friends at the New Orleans Photo Alliance!

On March 31st, we will be hosting a VIP reception for curators and collectors who will come see the show and view portfolios. April 1st will be open to the public, with general viewing in the afternoon and a reception in the evening. We will be taking advantage of the Julia Street First Saturday’s, a monthly event where all of the gallery’s on Julia Street have their openings at the same time.

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