Basilicata : Experiments in blue
1 May, 2015 - Mid June
Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes. Created in 1842 and first known as “blueprint,” architects and historians used it to document their works. With the advent of digital photography, it is a dying art, but it satisfies photographers’ desires to create something with their hands. With a few non-toxic chemicals, a good image, and the sun, a rich, blue-toned photo develops. Sehgal’s cyanotype work highlights an otherworldly atmosphere that can easily be missed.
Up, Up & away
To Dear Toronto Children
The time has come yet again
where the snow has come out to play.
And do we have a special treat for you.
We have collected for you an array of delights
that are bound to warm up your wintery heart.
Pikto would like to invite you to bundle up and come
Up, Up and Away with Toronto based artist Elise Maree.
Her works are all kinds of wonderful that are
full of enchanting stories that are bound to
fill your eyes with wonder and bring
a little magic to your heart.
About Elise Maree
Elise Maree is a watercolor and paper assemblage artist who is completely captured and inspired by colours, texture and papers. She loves combining dainty and delicate details and creating secret and unexpected moments in her art pieces that enable the viewer to be surprised and filled with joy. She desires to invite and transport people to other places. Places where they can encounter things they have never seen or imagined before. Places one can dream, ponder, giggle and feel like a child again.
Meet the artist: Dec 20th 5-7pm.
TORONTO IN AN INSTANT
OPEN: Oct 30, 2014
Toronto Instagrammers guide you through thier favorite spots in the city to Eat, Drink, Shop and play in one massive photo and washi tape map installation!
July 31 to September 30, 2014
REFLET, produced on Toronto Island, playfully engages the photographic tropes of “portrait” and “landscape” in dialogue. The images complicate reflexivity, the circular act of self-reference, and invite viewers to explore the complex dynamics of looking. When individuals cannot reciprocally define one another, what remains of subjectivity? In REFLET, the mirror’s purpose is put into question and perhaps completely subverted: the reflexive loop is defied while reflections fracture the time/space continuum by presenting opposing directional views. The artist also challenges the power dynamic present in historical depictions of woman gazing upon herself, as well as the positionality of the photographer-as-voyeur. Instead, certain images depict a rare moment of the subject refusing her Otherness while being photographed. Redirected, engaging neither viewer nor photographer representationally, the mirror ultimately serves as a shield. In this series, Bodri effectively repurposes the mirror so ubiquitously conflated with vanity and transforms it into a tool of empowerment.
Date: March 6, 2014 to April 30, 2014
Opening Reception: March 6th, 2014. 6-9pm
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.
Paris: River, Bridge, Sky
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.
Peter Andrew Lusztyk
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.
Depth of Field
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.
The Bread with Honey
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.