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Ryerson University's School of Image Arts & Documentary Media Research Centre present:
Untitled Selves: New Images by Frank Rodick
Curated by Don Snyder & Frank Rodick

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untitled self, no. 76, © Frank Rodick 2017


May 10 to June 8, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday May 16, 6:30-9:30
ARTIST & CURATOR’S TALK: Wednesday May 23, 3:00 pm, Room IMA 09

IMA 310 Gallery, The School of Image Arts, 3rd Floor
122 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-6, Sa 12-5
Gallery is accessible.

After debuting abroad, photographer Frank Rodick’s new series, untitled selves, is scheduled for its first Canadian showing during CONTACT 2018 in Toronto. Curated jointly by the photographer and by Ryerson University faculty member Don Snyder, the exhibition will be presented by the School of Image Arts in cooperation with the Documentary Media Research Centre.

Evolving from earlier self-portraits and portraits of his parents, Frances and Joseph, Rodick's latest work represents another stage of his engagement with memory and mortality. These images, emptied of colour and stark in contrast, are displayed in an active state of transformation and dissolution, and on an exceptionally large scale. To Rodick, they suggest “something beyond evanescence—an unmooring, a sense that life is as much syncope as it is experience.”

A selection of twelve of these unique works will be presented during the exhibition. The size of the images, and Rodick’s use of limited tone range and extreme techniques of digital rendition will combine to make this exhibition a powerful and dramatic counterpart to Ryerson’s other teaching and exhibition activities during CONTACT 2018. The work will be on display in the IMA 310 Gallery.

The exhibition will also be coordinated with Rodick’s presentations as a guest artist. Rodick has agreed to do guest lectures and lead a series of discussions on the exhibition throughout the month of the CONTACT festival.

For more images and a statement by curator Don Snyder about the exhibition, click here. If you’d like to read an artist’s statement about this work, click here.

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About the curator:
Don Snyder has an extensive background in photographic history, critical studies and curation. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he held an appointment as Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art, where he originated the museum's photography exhibition program. At Ryerson, he established the Image Arts (IMA) Gallery, and was instrumental in the founding of Function, the School's annual publication of student work, essays and interviews. He has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and served as Chair of the School from 2005-2010.

About the artist:
Frank Rodick is a Canadian photographic artist whose work has been shown across five continents in more than 80 exhibitions, including over 35 solo shows. Numerous books and publications have published and discussed his images. Public institutions collecting his work include: the Brooklyn Museum (US); the National Gallery of Canada; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Centre (US); the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (US); the Franklin Rawson Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, San Juan (Argentina); The Kinsey Institute Collection; Lehigh University Art Galleries (US); The Library Project, Dublin (Ireland); the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi (Belgium); the Brandts Museum (Denmark); the Museo Nacional de Bella Artes de Buenos Aires; the Museum of Contemporary Art Salta (Argentina); the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (US); the New Mexico Museum of Art (US); Yale University (US). In August, the Haroldo Conti Cultural Center of Memory will host a solo exhibition of his work in Buenos Aires, where he will also lecture on the theme of photography, memory, and historical trauma.

FOR INFORMATION & ENQUIRIES, CONTACT:
Don Snyder
dnsyder@ryerson.ca
www.imagearts.ryerson.ca/dsnyder
Phone: 416 979-5000, ex 6852
Fax: 416 979-5139

Frank Rodick
frank@frankrodick.com
frankrodick.com

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untitled self, no. 60, © Frank Rodick 2017

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