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Iceland, 40 x 60 “, Randy VanDerStarren

Take Your Seat
A photo project by Randy VanDerStarren

Curator
Kelly McCray

FCP Gallery
100 King St West, Toronto
Gallery hours: 11:30 – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Hours are subject to change for private events. For viewing by appointment Monday to Friday, please contact the FCP Events Office at 416 862-6858 to ensure that the exhibition is available for viewing.

The FCP Gallery is located on the main level past Starbucks, in the corridor beside the Toronto Board of Trade.

March 30 – May 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm


For the past fourteen months, Randy VanDerStarren has been travelling the world over to photograph some of the most astonishing landscapes the earth has to offer. From natural pristine shorelines and cliffs to the very heart of lush forests and the sun parched dunes of deserts.

He is convinced that the vulnerable-life sustaining marvels of the planet will have a fighting chance of survival if “we”, the global audience, imagine ourselves seated before the breath-taking force of nature and take action to protect its very essence.

Through this photographic journey, the artist shares his love of our fragile wonders of the world through a key “prop” component that accompanies him on his every journey – the director’s chair.

VanDerStarren states, The Director’s Chair became my catalyst. Each environmental journey helped me discover a little bit about myself along the way. Today, Take Your Seat has become a force for both environmental and self-awareness. The photography, with its recurring chair, inspires a conversation. The viewer is compelled to continue it.

Metaphorically, the artist is not only asking viewers to sit and grasp the awe- inspiring intricacy of the worlds around us, but through his photographs, he propels his audience to take a stand for a belief in action; a belief in life- affirming environmental sustainability and to lift the curtain on the illusion of paradise that we can no longer afford to take for granted.

Welcome to Take Your Seat. It is now our turn to take a stand.

http://www.takeyourseatonline.com
http://myfirstcanadianplace.ca/events/calendar


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N. Arizona, 30 x 45”, Randy VanDerStarren

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B.C. Forest, 30 x 45”, Randy VanDerStarren

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