Vid Ingelevics contributes to the exhibition a series of photographs documenting highly functional constructed forms that were built to intentionally conceal themselves within the landscape. This component of the exhibition BREATHTAKING: Constructed Landscapes is presented by Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre as part of an ongoing interdisciplinary focus.
I began photographing hunting platforms in 2002 after first noticing them while hiking on Ontario’s Bruce Trail. What attracted me was the fact that these seemingly improvised constructions were intentionally wonky – to fool the deer, who apparently are spooked by right angles.
To me they are a form of vernacular architecture, specific to rural areas and the activity of deer hunting. They do not exist on maps and are part of a rural knowledge base that is shared orally and through use. In respecting that tradition, my titles do not reveal their locations.
I returned to some platforms several times, seeing them occasionally refurbished or, more often, crumbling over a few seasons (new temporary, metal platforms are increasingly used). I documented them with a large format camera as their odd beauty is for me in their detail, the way that they inhabit their host trees and in their existence outside of historical records.
– Vid Ingelevics
Vid Ingelevics is a Toronto artist, writer and independent curator. He currently teaches at Ryerson University in the graduate and undergraduate programmes in the School of Image Arts. His various projects have been exhibited across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Australia.
In addition to the photographs on exhibition at Harbourfront Centre, his work will be on display during the fall of 2012 at the Ryerson Image Centre in its inaugural exhibition, Archival Dialogues, and at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives as part the opening exhibition, Passages.