Latcham Gallery Curator Presents Final Exhibition Before Alberta Move
Edward Burtynsky, Nickel Tailings #34, Sudbury, ON 1996.
Photo courtesy the Latcham Gallery
This will be my final communiqué from our fabulous local paper, The Stouffville Free Press. Big thanks to editor-in-chief Bruce Stapley and Kate Gilderdale before him, for providing this space every month to communicate what is happening at Your Gallery!
I will be leaving the Latcham Gallery after July 6 to pursue new opportunities with my wife Deb and our daughter Mia in Edmonton Alberta. I must say that I have had the most fulfilling and exciting experience in the position of Latcham Gallery Curator for these past five years. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with so many talented artists driven by a spectrum of motivations and concerns, and to be able in turn to bring the fruits of their labours to Stouffville for your viewing pleasure and thoughtful consideration. Through the Gallery I have come to know so many wonderful people in the community and I am so very grateful for that opportunity. I have been so lucky to work with the most amazing and committed group of staff people and I couldn’t have asked to work with a more dedicated and passionate board of directors and group of volunteers.
I am thrilled to mount as my last curated exhibition at the Gallery The Amended Landscape featuring the works of internationally renowned photographer and filmmaker Edward Burtynsky along with lens-based artists Eve Gane, Shavon Madden, Moira Ness and Stouffville’s own Marco Francisco.
Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. Since the 1980s he has been creating epic photographs and more recently feature films that reflect our human imprint upon the biosphere on which we depend. The scale and beauty of his images depicting the environmental effects humanity has upon the landscape serve to disrupt the conventional reading of such destruction. His work subversively pulls us into an intimacy with his subject, forcing us to confront the reality of our impact upon the planet.
Eve Gane brings a series of works that reflect our collective desire for upscale urban utopias that is cultivated by developers selling us affluent lifestyle fantasies. Marco Francisco will present a series of images depicting the material discards of manufacturing processes that, in turn, create topographies of their own. Shavon Madden presents a work made up of hundreds of close-up images of ash trees slated for destruction due to infestation of emerald ash borers that are the result of our ever-warming winters. Moira Ness investigates the nocturnal urban landscape, with her images reflecting a landscape at once familiar and alien to us. Her night-light explorations are minimal and quietly disconcerting.
The exhibition runs from July 6 to Aug 26 2017 with an opening reception from 7-9 on Thursday July 6. I hope to see you then.
Chai Duncan –Curator, the Latcham Gallery