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Hungarian Sea

Mar 6, 2014

Michal Solarski

Hungarian Sea

Date: March 6, 2014 to April 30, 2014

Opening Reception: March 6th, 2014. 6-9pm

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Born and raised in Poland, Michal Solarski currently lives and works in London, UK. Using documentary approach in his artistic practice, Michal explores the space where memory meets the present moment. Lake Balaton, also called the Hungarian Sea, was an annual summer holiday tradition for the photographer’s family. The thread of experiences associated with the Lake became an important part of Michal’s and his sister’s childhood. For the Hungarian Sea Project, the photographer revisits the place of his memories, this time grown-up and alone, to find it almost unchanged, searching for himself and his family in the working class vacationers.

Michal is the winner of the 2013 Pikto Top Pick photo competition.

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Selected Works

Nov 6, 2013
Introducing the first collection of artists featured in Pikto Online Gallery. Pikto Gallery features work from photographers around the world, representing the best of contemporary photography. Undiscovered and emerging artists are paired with established photographers, creating a new dialogue of contemporary photography. Each of the pieces available for purchase are produced in-house with the utmost care and offered in three different formats to fit any location, design or budget. View all the images online or see highlights from the gallery at our downtown Toronto location in the Distillery District. As a long-time supporter of the photography community Pikto Gallery is constantly searching for new work to introduce to the public and provides an affordable way for you to start your photography collection.
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Paris: River, Bridge, Sky

Aug 22, 2013

Jeffrey Berman

Paris: River, Bridge, Sky

Date: August 22nd, 2013 to September 20th, 2013

Opening Reception: August 22, 2013. 6-9pm

In Paris, thirty-seven bridges span the Seine River as it flows through the city. They are a solid presence between the eternally moving river and the ever-shifting sky. Witnesses to war, revolution and contemporary life, they are icons of the ‘City of Light’. Yet, as man-made structures, their permanence is an illusion. And the life that crosses over them is always changing.

It has been said that of all the cities of the world, Paris has most pervasively entered the popular imagination. Among the most visited places on earth, it certainly one of the most photographed.

Paris is also one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. Yet, along its riverbanks and on its bridges one can witness portentous vistas where the sky opens above the dark waters, and the bridges, in all their variety, form the boundary between earth and sky.

This project was a meditation on the enduring fascination that millions have had with the city and a contemplation of its place at the heart of photography.

For centuries, these bridges have been the subjects of painters, filmmakers, composers, poets and photographers. During a year's residence in Paris - inspired by the work of Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz and many others - Berman photographed Paris: River, Bridge, Sky.

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Interchanges

Jun 20, 2013

Peter Andrew Lusztyk

Interchanges

Date: June 15th, 2013 to July 31st, 2013

Opening Reception: June 20, 2013. 6-9pm

Peter Andrew Lusztyk’s series, Highway Interchanges, examines the junctions of North American traffic systems. These interchanges are used by thousands of motorists everyday, but are rarely ever observed from a vantage point that reveals their complete structure. Everyday cars flow over the highway junctions acting as concrete arteries to the city’s cardiovascular system. Lustyk’s photographs allow the viewer to compare the traffic, terrain, and surrounding architecture of each of the systems, revealing how these structures function and shape the landscape. Some are slick and chaotic while others appear chipped-up and worn but at the same time neat and symmetrical. Lusztyk's images turn these ubiquitous structures into graphic representations of North American transit systems. The highway interchange is a monument to car culture. Many of the North American interchanges were built in the glory years of cheap gas and economic boom. They are now beginning to show their age while the funds needed to repair them are scarcer then ever. City planners in Montreal are considering tearing down The Turcot Interchange rather then repairing it. The structure was built as a symbol of modern innovation and progress during the lead-up to Expo 67. Simultaneously, in the emerging car cultures of Asia, new massive interchanges are being erected.

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Depth of Field

May 2, 2013

Shin Sugino

Depth of Field

Show Date: May 1st, 2013 to June 14th, 2013

Opening Reception: May 2nd, 2013. 6-9pm S

Sugino has been exploring 8x10 tintypes over the last twelve years. In this exhibition he will explore ultra large format tintypes 20 inches by 20 inches using the camera he built. His photography will include figure studies and still life subjects in extremely shallow focus. Tintype, also melainotype and ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion. An ambrotype uses the same process and methods on a sheet of glass that is mounted in a case with a black backing so the underexposed negative image appears as a positive. The process was first described by Adolphe-Alexandre Martin in France in 1853, The tintype process became very popular in United States particularly during the Civil War. They continued to enjoy significant use throughout the 19th century for inexpensive portraits, particularly by street photographers.

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The Bread with Honey

Mar 21, 2013

Andrew Querner

The Bread with Honey

Show Date: March 4th to April 30th 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday March 21st 2013. 6pm-10pm

Winner of the 2012 Pikto Top Pick contest

Summary: An ancient metal mine in the former Yugoslavia is a conduit through which I examine the complexities of Kosovo’s recent independence. 

Statement: The Stan Terg metal mine below the town of Trepça, Kosovo, was once the jewel of a giant Yugoslavian mining conglomerate. Power struggles in the 1990s which resulted in the breakup of Yugoslavia and culminated in Kosovo's civil war of 1999 crippled the operation. Since the end of the war Stan Terg has little more than survived, the victim of fallout from tensions between Kosovo's Serbian and Albanian population, political tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, and post-independence growing pains.

With few economic prospects in the region, miners in their fifties and sixties have been left to provide for their extended families. As they near the age of mandatory retirement, many I spoke with express a deep worry for the future well being of their family. While government and management remain hopeful that Stan Terg can regain some of its former stature, an atmosphere of uncertainty hangs in the streets of Trepça.

Through time, the mine has come to mirror the region's ethno-political strains. Often to the detriment of the operation itself, the forces at the mine's helm have tended to hold regional control. As a photographer, this relationship offered an entry point to further investigate- through the workers, their families, and the tired town at the mine’s threshold- the depth of the political and economic challenges facing the young country.

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ROUTE SOLITAIRE

Nov 1, 2012

Sami Siva

Route Solitaire

Show Date: November 1st November 30th 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday November 1st 2012. 6pm-10pm

 

ROUTE SOLITAIRE Images by Sami Siva Time after time I pack my bag and step out of the door, on a journey to unfamiliar destinations. Camera around my neck, loneliness is my shadow, and the open road my constant companion. Between snap shots of the world and the well trodden path, the trees and the landscapes along the way seem to share my solitary journey. Against the silhouettes of so many cities, roadside cafes, and the emptiness strung out along my route I seek the familiar, like the pebbles guiding me on a path I have sown many years ago on some long forgotten journey. As I shed my skin leaving behind memories, solitude becomes my most faithful friend along each mile that takes me further from home. Uncluttered, shadows of myself can be seen in the trees – rush, fear, fatigue, anxiety, loneliness, sorrow, joy, confusion. I have tried to capture the traces I have left behind, and Route Solitaire is the result.

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The First 90 Seconds

Oct 4, 2013

Tara McMullen

The First 90 Seconds

October 1st - 31st 2012

Opening Thursday October 4th, 6pm-10pm

And then it begins.  A commitment.  A lifetime.  A moment of the purest hope that two people can ever share about the possibility of something unconditional and un-ending.  

The First 90 Seconds is a collection of images that have been created in the nascent moments of marriage. The joy, elation, relief, discomfort, hope, and humour caught in the first minute-and-a-half of marriage are so purely vulnerable and authentic, and make for some of the best images on a wedding day. The traditions we have attached to marriage ceremonies, and the feting of the new couple by friends, family, and loved ones is indicative of a larger hope that is oft overlooked in these relatively cynical times.   The First 90 Seconds is a collection about beginnings and gambles of the heart, hope and the ultimate possibility that some things may indeed last forever.

 

Bio ::

 

Tara McMullen is a Toronto-based wedding and portrait photographer who, since entering the photography world in 2008, has shot more than 150 weddings in Canada, the US, and Europe.  Tara's background as an ex-PhD candidate in Sociology has led her to approach her work with an eye to the subtleties of human interactions and the moments-between-moments that happen when no one else is looking.   www.taramcmullen.com

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Diary of a failed Project

Dec 6, 2012
A selection of images taken over a year in the life of Artist Joanne Ratajczak creating a 'Diary of a Failed Project'
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Heather Morton Curates: Youth

Jun 8, 2012

Heather Morton Curates: Youth June 1-30 Opening: June 8, 6-10PM

Heather Morton has chosen 6 photographers who have work that ties to the theme of youth. There will be wide variety in the show: still life shooter Natasha V is providing an interpretation, Derek Shapton is showing landscapes, Lee Towndrow has shot a theatrical and inverted take on youth culture. Mark Peckmezian is well known for his B&W snapshots of sexy young things, Johan Hallberg-Campbell brings back portraits of young people from Attawapiskat and newcomer Rodrigo Daguerre has a stylized yet classic approach to his portraiture.

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