Summer Exhibitions at Thames Art Gallery Featuring Colleen Schindler-Lynch and Grahame Lynch

Installation view of Daemon & Saudade (Thames Art Gallery, 2022)

Colleen Schindler-Lynch: Daemon & Saudade

July 2 – August 27, 2022
Artist Reception: July 29, 7:00 pm

In this insightful exhibition, Colleen Schindler-Lynch addresses grief, loss and memory. Her investigations forge a path leading from the inexpressibly intimate to the poetic, questioning how trauma and healing affect constructions of language and culture along the way.

With the appearance of the word Daemon in her title, Schindler-Lynch reclaims a technological metaphor. By alluding to the computer process of the same name, the artist locates the complexity of grieving as that which is operating quietly in the background, often beyond the user’s control or even their awareness. This thought is then poignantly illuminated and offset through her introduction of the little-used word Saudade, suggesting a hopeful embrace of the inextricable and deeply felt presence of love that remains and enriches.

Colleen Schindler-Lynch, Set Aside, 2018. Archival digital print. Image courtesy of the artist

In this series of photographs, sculptural garments and memento mori, the artist reveals beauty, pain and complexity, exploring fugitive events and fleeting recollections through acts of journaling and photography. The intangibility of stories and memories embodied with tactile presence, surfacing as objects before dissolving once again into memory. Collectively this work captures and preserves the marks left on us by the experiences we live. Whether it is the loss of a loved one or a relationship, grief is intimate and highly personal. Yet, it is something we collectively experience — a condition, a state, and a process we all share.

Colleen Schindler-Lynch is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring drawing, photography, portraiture, and textiles. She has a BFA from the University of Windsor, an MFA from Louisiana State University and is an Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally.


Installation view of Being. Here nor there. (Thames Art Gallery, 2022) Image courtesy of the artist

Grahame Lynch: Being. Neither here nor there.

July 2 – August 27, 2022
Artist Reception: July 29, 7:00 pm

In Grahame Lynch’s recent body of photographic work, “Being. Neither here nor there,” the artist presents images shot on trains, subways, buses and airports that gesture toward themes of immediacy, delay and agitation. Collectively, this body of work represents gaps in time that are chaotic, fragmented and isolating, coalescing in frenetic compositions of shifting locations and people. His photographic processes exploit technological glitches that manifest under conditions of speed and motion; conditions only heightened in the way the work is further subject to digital, mechanical and chemical interventions in the artist’s studio. The resulting images depart from photographic traditions with a single frame of reference, appearing instead to be spatially compressed and optically imprecise.

Grahame Lynch, The Closer I Get, 2019. Archival inkjet. Image courtesy of the artist

Grahame Lynch is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is entrenched in conditions of visual disability. Through images and installations, he explores and shares different ways of seeing.

Grahame has an MFA from the University of Guelph and is an Associate Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University.


The Thames Art Gallery is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The opening reception on July 29 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. TAG is fully accessible and all are welcome.

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The Thames Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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