Gladstone Hotel's Two Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Exhibits Review
May has been such a busy month for me. Between work and family, trying to visit as many Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibits has been quite a challenge this year. I loved the three exhibits at MOCCA
so much that I decided to walk the ten minutes west on Queen Street, to take in the two exhibits at Gladstone Hotel
|Bright Lights Dark City: Crumbling Land by Sylvain Chaussee|
|Bright Lights Dark City: Crumbling Land (detail) by Sylvain Chaussee|
, located on the second floor gallery, documents the journey of Toronto-based collective DAYTRIP as they search for iconic photographer Robert Frank. The trip, from Toronto to Mabou, Nova Scotia, to New York City, takes on a road trip feel with images of the Canadian landscape and the people as well as found objects and hand drawn maps. There is also a short documentary that was filmed during the journey, playing in an adjacent room. This exhibit was pretty cool and brought back memories of the long family road trips I took as a child.
|DAYTRIP: AFter Frank |
|After Frank: Street Vendor, 2014 by DAYTRIP|
|DAYTRIP: After Frank|
On the third and fourth floor galleries Bright Lights Dark City: Niagara Custom Lab and Experimental Film
is on display. Founded over twenty years ago, Niagara Custom Film Lab is one of the last labs in the world that works with celluloid film. Bright Lights Dark City
brings together nine artists, both emerging and established, showcasing some very cool and diverse artwork. I loved seeing all the unique pieces and learning about another amazing Toronto-based company.
|Bright Lights Dark City: Garden of Earthly Delights, 2008 (L) and Echo, 2007(R) by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof|
|Bright Lights Dark City: Garden of Earthly Delights, 2008 (detail) by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof|
|Bright Lights Dark City: Echo, 2007 (detail) by Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof|
|Bright Lights Dark City: won eyed jail, 2005 by Kelly Egan|
|Bright Lights Dark City: won eyed jail, 2005 (detail) by Kelly Egan|
|Bright Lights Dark City|
Both DAYTRIP: After Frank
and Bright Lights Dark City: Niagara Custom Lab and Experimental Film
are on display daily 12pm - 5pm until May 31, 2015.
P.s!: Don't forget to visit the Ryerson Student exhibit on the main level. All these exhibits are free and open to the public!
|Ryerson University Exhibition: No One Says Anything, Everyone Remembers Everything|
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