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Julie M Gallery

Contact Photography Festival Daily Pick: Shai Kremer

Where Toronto brings you a new image for each day of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which runs throughout May with exhibitions at more than 175 venues across the city.

Today’s top Contact Photography Festival pick:

Courtesy of Julie M Gallery

Courtesy of Julie M Gallery

Photo: Abstract No. 3, from the series “World Trade Centre Concrete Abstracts,” 2012
Artist: Shai Kremer
Exhibition: From April 11 to May 26, Shai Kremer presents two ongoing series of photo-based works at Julie M Gallery. “World Trade Centre Concrete Abstracts” is composed of collage-style works depicting the progress the World Trade Centre’s reconstruction over the past 10 years, while “Notes from the Edges” highlights “includes unsettling portraits of Manhattan’s skyline, shot from the city’s derelict fringes”

Check back daily for more Contact Photography Festival coverage, and visit scotiabankcontactphoto.com for more information about this exhibition!

Contact Curated: Distillery Historic District

This year’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival features exhibitions at more than 200 venues across the city. Make the most of your festival experience by concentrating your gallery-hopping within specific Toronto neighbourhoods, such as the Distillery Historic District.

Shai Kremer's Turkish Railroad Station

Julie M. Gallery
Shai Kremer: Fallen Empires (May 5 to June 12)

Monumental ruins document the effect of imperial dominance on Israel’s architectural landscape in this series of images at Julie M. Gallery. Kremer explores the scarred terrain’s representation of cultural conflict, physical manifestations of power and resistance, and the normalization of violence.

Arta Gallery
Laura Carnie, Bob Carnie, Mark Freedman and Dennis Lalonde: Land Escapes (April 29 to May 15)

An examination of the power of perspective, and how the landscape can be viewed differently depending on varying attitudes and perceptions, which are constantly changing. This collection at Arta Gallery transitions from the natural beauty of the landscape to a haunting post-apocalyptic vision.

Ozant Kamaci, Salina Kassam, Marilyn Lightstone, Misha Masek, Mehraban Mehrabani, Atossa Nami, Kimia Rahgozar, Sue Russell, Reza Ta and Dave Todon: The Idea of Nature (May 18 to 31)

Ten artists come together to share perspective on the beautiful and tragic relationship between humanity and nature, by expressing his or her daily, personal interaction with our fragile planet.

An image from Sheila Jonah's La Cloche Mountains series

Proof Studio Gallery
John Drajewicz, Natalie Drajewicz, Sheila Jonah: F&G (April 30 to May 31)

Not just simple, objective representations, photographs can, in fact, destabilize one’s notion of reality. The images on display at Proof Studio Gallery tease the mind and engage thoughts with their ambiguous scale.

Carlos Cazalis: Urban Shadows (May 1 to 31)

This pictorial journey through both the vastness of urban landscapes and the interiors of squatter shacks exposes the damaging effects of overpopulation on the environment. Osaka, Japan and Dhaka, Bangladesh are shown as examples of cities that reflect the growing disparity between economically underprivileged classes and the wealthy.

Monte Clark Gallery
Chris Gergley: Field Work (May 5 to June 12)

Large-scale colour photographs by Chris Gergley capture the contrast between man-made subjects and nature. Featured at Monte Clark Gallery, this exhibition investigates landscape and the subject’s relationship to its contemporary environment.

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*All images courtesy of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival unless otherwise noted.

Yours to Discover: Day Three

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two.

Thompson Landry Gallery

Gallery-going made easy.

This city has a reputation as being staid and somewhat conservative, but when it comes to
the creative arts, it’s actually quite adventurous.
For proof, one need but stride down Queen Street—west of Trinity Bellwoods Park are numerous galleries operating on the leading edge
of the contemporary art scene. Among the area’s major denizens are Angell Gallery, conceptualist-leaning Clint Roenisch Gallery and photographic specialist Stephen Bulger Gallery. In recent years, the Museum
of Contemporary Canadian Art
has become a major creative locus, thanks to its consistently well-curated shows and a new partnership with the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Straight in the opposite direction, the Distillery Historic District hosts an equally varied mélange of artists and craftspeople. Within its restored industrial buildings you’ll be introduced to top Quebecois painters at Thompson Landry Gallery, internationally renowned contemporary works at Corkin Gallery and Clark and Faria, and even Israeli artists at Julie M Gallery. Local artisans sell their creative ceramics, jewellery and more at many other boutiques and studios here. You can even print your own images at photography hot spot Pikto.

Gallery Gevik and Feheley Fine Arts

Further north, posh Yorkville hosts many longstanding fine-art houses, the majority of which represent well-established painters and sculptors whose works have gained significant recognition. Keen to see recent pieces by Ed Bartram or Stephen Hutchings? Head to Mira Godard Gallery. Love the imagery crafted by Norval Morrisseau or Haida artist Robert Davidson? Kinsman Robinson Galleries has it in spades. Or find a new favourite at Loch Gallery, Feheley Fine Arts, Gallery Gevik and many more.

For an insider’s view of the West Queen West scene, look no further than an Art InSite tour with effervescent expert Betty Ann Jordan. And partaking in a Yorkville Art Walk offers a great primer of that district’s top galleries.