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Lonsdale Gallery
Announces Two Concurrent Exhibitions

September 5 - October 14, 2018

Join us for the opening reception: Saturday, September 8, 2 - 5pm.
Artists in Attendance.

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Left to Right: William Mokrynski, WE Series, 2016, fiber-based gelatin silver prints, unique print, 16 x 12 inches; Julia Martin, Uneasy, 2014, from the series YOU ARE TALKING TO YOURSELF, archival photographic print, 43 x 43 inches; William Mokrynski, WE Series, 2016, fiber-based gelatin silver prints, unique priint, 16 x 12 inches


JULIA MARTIN & WILLIAM MOKRYNSKI
Remnants & Confessions

Faceless portraits of anonymous subjects created from found negatives and curt ironic text-based works that mimic contemporary memes, question physical and digital legacy we leave behind.

Julia Martin's series "You Are Talking To Yourself" build narratives from fragments of images and text that are infused with a dark sense of humour. Her text-based work uses visual dissonance between text and imagery to tease out the multiple layers of meaning behind the words. Martin satirizes the format of the meme. Layering bold typeface over images to create, what the artists refers to as, 'anti-inspiration posters' that draw the viewer in with dark and caustic statements that stand in contrast the photograph's subject matter.

William Mokrynski's "Cousins & Neighbours" and "WE" series both use found archives of studio negatives from the late 1950s. The artist masks the surface of the photographic paper in the darkroom, obscuring and at times almost completely erasing the faces of the subjects. Mokrynski is interested in the seemingly obsolete photographic negatives. The identity of the sitters has been lost. His photographs depict a visually striking and almost haunting cast of characters plucked from the pages of fiction.

Together the two artists paint an unsettling picture of contemporary culture in an increasingly technocratic world.



Upper Gallery:

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Tina Tahir, Floral Overgrowth on a Deserted Frame (detail), 2018
ink drawing, digital print on archival paper, 55 x 43 inches

REMINISCENCE
Osheen Harruthoonyan, Tina Tahir, Keijo Tapanainen, & Pedie Wolfond

A group exhibition of paintings, photographs and mixed media work, exploring themes of materiality and memory.

Using hybrid, experimental darkroom techniques, Osheen Harruthoonyan traces his personal and ancestral relationship to the Armenian Genocides, rendering the fleetingness of experience and memory. Keijo Tapanainen’s expressive hand-cut carbon paper figures use reductive techniques to capture the essence of his subjects through subtle gestures and distinctions in body language. Tina Tahir’s intricately rendered ornate drawings explore the relationship between beauty and destruction, which draw from her lived experience in southern Germany after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Pedie Wolfond’s lush and tactile abstract compositions on paper radiate light, similar to her canvases. Smaller in scale, these works conjure a deeply poetic visual experience.


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Lonsdale Gallery
410 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON, M5P 2W2
416.487.8733
info@lonsdalegallery.com
lonsdalegallery.com

Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm or by appointment

Accessibility:
Lonsdale Gallery is a partially accessible venue with an entrance at street level to enter the main level of the gallery. Please note, we do not have an elevator to access second level of the gallery and the restroom. For any special assistance or queries about the venue please call or email the gallery.

 

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