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Last night we proudly launched NO FLAT CITY, the second installment of our two year partnership with the TRCA and Menkes Developments. The large-scale outdoor exhibition reveals the true evolution of the City of Toronto by focusing on its many undocumented and unexpected characteristics.
“We’re engaging visual artists to explore the greater Toronto region and focus on the distinctive land formations and landscapes they encounter. People and their stories will be a prime focus throughout each of the theme areas which include Historic Landforms, Reshaping the Land, Living in the Landscape, and People and the Land.”
Meet Brendan George Ko, a visual storyteller who works in photography, video, installation, text and sound. Born in Toronto and raised in New Mexico and Texas, Ko’s work has been included in The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, Hey! Hot Shot by Jen Bekman in New York City, as well as numerous exhibitions in Canada and United States. He is currently represented by LE Gallery in Toronto.
No Flat City, the new large-scale photography exhibition, opening June 20th at Harbourfront Centre, brings a deliberate focus to the city’s surprising topography and land formations and dispels this illusion of flatness with extensive examinations of ravines and valleys, escarpments and moraines. As mentioned in our introductory post, we’ll be chatting with the six artists responsible for producing the exhibition as we …
Sometimes photographs can be a bit mysterious – what, exactly, are we looking at? What is the scene that you are peering into? These questions arise often when we look at the series of photographs by Vanessa Hussey in the Nine Rivers City exhibition.
Meghan Rennie has a particular way of looking at the environment around her; as a photographer, the images she creates reflect this unique perspective. For the exhibition, Nine Rivers City, Rennie created images which are carefully crafted compositions constructed to give focus to a centrally placed object or subject.
When daylight turns to dusk and darkness approaches, our response to our surroundings dramatically changes. This change is related to our ability to see and observe what is around us. For artist Jade Lee Portelli, it is this apex of time that she focuses on for her photographic exploration of some of the city’s rivers. Her images capture the mysterious time when darkness starts to envelope the landscape and nature is by itself, void of human presence except for the glow of distant light. The rivers and landscape she photographed at dusk bring an eeriness and foreboding quality that we can observe at a safe distance within her collection of images.
A city the size of Toronto is so large that at times you are surprised to find things that you never knew existed. For the exhibition Nine Rivers City, the artist, Aaron Vincent Elkaim set out to search for the unknown and hidden aspects of Toronto’s river system. Elkaim drove all over the city with a 4 X 5 field camera looking for how the rivers have been affected by the cities growth.
Welcome to the launch of our new series of weekly segments entitled “Harbourfront Centre TV”. Our host, Althea Linton, will be on-site all summer long talking to vendors, artists and patrons. In our inaugural video, Althea chats with the curator and artists involved in our newest photography exhibition, Nine Rivers City. Stay tuned for episode 2.
After months of hard work and planning, Nine Rivers City is officially open. On the night before public opening, June 20th, we celebrated with a private preview and reception. The evening included opening remarks by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority CEO, Brian Denney, Adam Menkes, who spoke on behalf of Menkes, exhibition curator Pat Macaulay and of course William Boyle, CEO of Harbourfront Centre.