I haven’t been showing my work a lot lately but this weekend will change that as it’s definitely show time!
The Queen West Art Crawl is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd from around 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day. It’s at the lovely Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, there are 200 exhibitors, music, food and a beer garden. What more could you want?
I thought I’d post one of my new images that I really like the look of right now – Spin. This is a colourful abstract reflecting the bright lights and action of a fun fair.
I like the rich, vibrant colours, the complementary shapes and lines, and the juxtaposition of fast motion framed by seemingly static and angular pillars of light.
It’s unlikely you’d ever find me on a fairground ride but the whole concept, and observing people’s sheer fear and enjoyment, is fascinating enough by itself. This image is one of a few I took as I meandered around the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto one evening. The sight, sound and smells can create enough sensory stimulation even without the fear (in my case) of a topsy turvy ride that challenges the staying power of everything I’ve eaten in the past twelve hours!
Spin is the first of a set of pictures highlighting the energetic and entertaining atmosphere of the CNE. I’ve just had the first print of this image framed and made ready for its appearance at the Queen West Art Crawl in Toronto next weekend – September 22nd & 23rd. After that, you might just see it in my sales gallery in the near future, along with some other new images.
Well, I’ve been experimenting with a new direction for some of my photographs recently as I venture further into creating composite images. I still I love the landscape and other photos I’ve been taking, exploring the great outdoors in all its variations, but I’ve felt an urge to get more adventurous in the way I present them.
The image above is one such example of my composite images. It’s shows how I’m working with different components, in this case to show how nature and industry – or urban and rural – exist alongside each other. How far do they conflict and cooperate as they cross paths in the same locale? With urban regeneration and land reclamation (in this case wetlands) often going on in the same areas, it’s easy to see how people are rethinking how these things coexist.
New web site coming!
On another note, we’ve been having a great summer and I think I’ll use that as my excuse for why I haven’t been posting anything here on my web site, or doing much on the social media front. Relax or change your routine and it’s so hard to keep up with everything! I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future.
One of the first steps though, will be overhauling this web site. It’s going to get a new look and a new set of more up to date pictures that will be easier to browse (themes) and purchase, if you feel inclined.
Show time is off to a good start! Landscape & Seascape is the current group exhibition at Art Square Gallery & Cafe’s Hub Gallery in downtown Toronto, and I’m happy to say I have a few of my photos in this exhibition.
This show features landscape & seascape work from fourteen wonderful and varied artists, with a little something for everyone. Running from April 9th until April 23rd, you can also drop in to the opening reception this Thursday, April 12th between 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. A chance to meet everyone, peruse and even buy, if you feel so inclined!
This show comes hot on the heels of the opening of the Fleck Fine Art Spring Catalogue exhibition, which had the opening reception last week. I have my “In My View” image in that show (image below and details in the posting below). This show runs until April 18th.
It’s a busy time as I try to combine picture taking and making, presentation and showing but I think I’m up to the challenge. New pictures coming soon! In the meantime, please take a look at my sales gallery and feel free to send me a message if you’re interested in something that’s not included in the gallery.
Art Square Gallery and Cafe is at 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Across the road from the AGO! You can find more information about it here
Here are two new photographs to prove I’m still hard at work creating images and appearing in shows!
I’m really pleased that both of these photographs appear in the Fleck Fine Art Spring catalogue and one of them will appear in the group exhibition that goes with it.
The image at the top of this posting is a composite of several of photographs taken in Liverpool over a number of years. I’ve tried to show highlights and challenges the city faced during the time I was growing up there and how it is now re-inventing itself. If you look closely, you’ll see echoes of a bombed out Albert Dock, Stanley Park, woolly mammoths, travelling fairgrounds and terraced streets. All these things still stand out in my mind.
This second image is a more straightforward, back to what I enjoy, derelict building in all it’s majesty. The structure, brickwork, signage and many other features are still prominent as the building stands in all its glory on a beautiful autumn day. This is the old Textron building in Gananoque, Ontario.
The Fleck Gallery Spring Group Exhibition takes place from April 4th – April 18th, with the opening reception on Thursday, April 5th from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. The Elaine Fleck Gallery is located at 1351 Queen Street West, Toronto. You can find more information here