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Outside of Time
Photographs by Sylvia Galbraith

Exhibition runs from May 3 - June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 4 PM

Location: Abbozzo Gallery
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 128
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Hours: Tues - Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am to 5 pm
T: 416-260-2220 | www.abbozzogallery.com

Rocks presume a sense of stability, constancy and strength. We imagine them as immoveable and unyielding. Yet in reality, they exist within a slow progression of time, incrementally changing, or being changed, by their environment and other events. They are hardened liquid, molded, grinded, shaped, tossed, and split. Geological texts describe this activity as “fluid or flowing” or “folded and bent” - a history of land and time.

Canada is a geological wonder. Her landforms are spectacular and unique… demonstrating not only these violent beginnings, but also an historical timeline. The Rocky Mountains in the west are the youngsters… formed much later than the ancient landforms we see in central and eastern Canada. Separate sections arrived from different continents, exhibiting shapes and structure dictated by their origins. These regions continue to change in incremental ways through a gradual process of natural events and human interaction, especially as people filter into the most remote areas. Yet the bones, the original forms, continue to stand out…. one finds evidence of fire, water or wind embedded or carved into the present-day strata.


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Sylvia Galbraith photographs the influences of time and geological events on the Canadian landscape; it’s her way of unravelling history. Through careful research she discovers landforms that have been eroded or scoured off, where the underlying bedrock is exposed. Marble-edged canyons carved by glacial rivers, ragged cliffs along ocean edges, and barren islands in the Great Lakes feature strongly in her work. While the written history and scientific study of these remote places intrigue Sylvia and inform her work, the extraordinary visual aspects are what draw her in. Her photographs illustrate this…by including the on-going effects of time on the physical landforms, and through careful framing and use of light, she joins the precision of science, the narrative of history, and the subjectivity of art in response to this on-going process of transformation; one which both precedes and defies human intervention.

The photographs in this exhibition are selected from recent work created during residencies in Banff, Newfoundland and Ontario and are part of an on-going project.

Sylvia Galbraith is a full-time Ontario-based photographer whose work includes landscape, documentary, and commercial photography. She teaches photography as an Associate Faculty Member at Conestoga College in Kitchener, in the School of Media & Design. Sylvia also runs workshops from her studio in Fergus, ON, and as a guest instructor for various arts groups and institutions.


Contact the artist:
Website: www.sylviagalbraith.ca
E-mail: art@sylviagalbraith.ca
Facebook: Sylvia Galbraith
Instagram: @sylviagalbraith

Abbozzo Gallery, & 401 Richmond are fully accessible.

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