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“Transitional Spaces” 

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Open Exhibition

L.E. Glazer, Thomas Hlavacek, Christine Marshall-Smith, Lisa Murzin

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6 pm, Sat 12-5 pm

Exhibition Dates: May 5 – May 29, 2015;   Opening Reception: Thurs. May 7, 6-8 pm
Saturday May 91pm   Curator and Artist Talk:  Transitory Spaces – The Exhibition
Wednesday May 131pm,   Artist Talk:  Transitory Spaces – Process and Technique 



Exploring the concept of liminal space, as a transitional state between phenomena and/or states of being, this exhibition re-imagines everyday spaces in order to examine the relationship between subjective experiences and our material and temporal understanding of place. The four artists assembled for this exhibition have created new bodies of work, which experiment with alternative photographic techniques and processes in order to reveal the transient condition of everyday spaces.

Christine Marshall-Smith’s images of abandoned industrial sites, captured using analogue instant film, reveal the simultaneous overlay of the forgotten past and unknown future of unique urban spaces. Lisa Murzin’s lith prints, featuring a former commercial building repurposed into a makeshift BMX track by local teens, explore the unique character and lost histories of spaces that have been seemingly left behind. Thomas Hlavacek’s studies of trains in motion, recorded using a camera equipped with a high-speed motor drive and specially formulated motion picture film, locate the daily rituals of commuter culture as a transitory state of being. L. E. Glazer’s conceptual aesthetic studies of rail trestles explore the fluidity between real and imagined space and time through the structural decomposition of subject matter into pure form and colour.

Taken together, the works presented as part of this exhibition examine unique sites within the public realm that oscillate between the real and imagined, private and public, domestic and natural spaces, in order to reveal the transformative, at times contradictory, and ever-changing nature of place.

The exhibition is presented through a community partnership with John B. Aird Gallery (a non-profit public exhibition space) and the University Health Network (UHN). Proceeds from the exhibition will go to the UHN and John B. Aird Gallery. At the conclusion of the exhibition, works from the collection will be gifted to the UHN permanent collection and installed at one of the campuses to enliven the hospital environment for patients and staff.

Additional information can be found here and here.


What’s Next

OPS PRIDE Committee Exhibition

QUEER Landscapes QUEER Journeys: Reflections of LGBTQ Rights and Struggles in Ontario Today

Exhibition Dates: June 2 – June 26, 2015   Opening Reception: Thurs. June 4, 6-8 pm  

Special Gala Event June 18, 6-8 pm

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Juried by: Kevin Cherry, Binh Lu, Sarah Munro, Steph Rogerson and Syrus Marcus Ware

Featuring work by: Amanda Arcuri, Matt Beasant, Ben Benedict, Jonathan Brett, Harry Chahal,Justin de Lima, Pamela Dodds, Michel Dumont, Andy Fabo, Paul Foster, Hannah Goodick, Vera Graham, Jowenne Carpo Herrera, Em Johnson, Claude LeBlanc, Fiona Legg, Sue Lloyd, Ronald Loranger, Mariam Magsi, Julius Manapul, Shane Patrick McClurg, Brad McDermott, Caitlyn Jean McMillan, Lucy McSweeney, Jean Miller, Daniella Mitchell, Alexander Scott, Walter Segers, Thomas Smith and Erik Tonatiuh

For more detail about our OPS PRIDE SHOW click:  here


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The John B. Aird Gallery is a non profit organization with charitable status that serves the public and art community by presenting exhibitions and related activities for the purposes of study, education and the enjoyment of art. The gallery is open to the public and entry is free of charge. Your support is essential. To donate to the Aird Gallery click here. Donors of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt issued by Canada Helps.

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