Archive for the Photography Tag


The Importance of Nature: Art on Film

I’ve been thinking a lot about nature lately. Particularly since the activist fashion designer Vivienne Westwood started promoting a petition “to adopt legislation to prohibit, prevent and pre-empt ecocide – the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems,” in the EU. Susumu Shingu, Luminous River, 2009. Image: Jeanne Bucher. I think we should start a similar petition
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The Archive of Modern Conflict: CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto

This year’s CONTACT photography festival kicked off with a bang at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s show, Collected Shadows: Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). An arrangement of images on the deep purple wall at MOCCA: Image: VoCA I had never heard of the AMC, even though it is Toronto
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Loved: Thomas Demand at DHC Art Foundation, Montreal

The DHC Art Foundation in Montreal is small, and wonderful. The exhibitions  that I’ve seen there have been beautifully installed and it’s a lovely experience to see so few works at a time, curated as they are across four intimate floors and into a nearby space.  Thomas Demand is well known in Europe as the photographer who meticulously recreates images
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News: Private Collection of Vintage Photography on view in Toronto

One of Canada’s most important collections of vintage and modern photography will go on view at the University of Toronto Art Centre in the new year. Peter Henry Emerson. A Stiff Pull, ca. 1886, photomechanical process, photogravure. The Malcolmson Collection, which I can tell you is a spectacular, very special selection of rare photographs,  is comprised of work dating
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Patagonia: Fire and Ice at the Rivoli, Toronto

“Photography for me is about awe in our world brought to us through nature.” -Ariel Estulin Friend of VoCA and traveling nature photographer Ariel Estulin will debut his work at the Rivoli Lounge in Toronto, from Sept 6 – 7 November. A scene in Patagonia. Image courtesy Ariel Estulin. Estulin draws inspiration from two great North American photographers, the late
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Toronto: Multi-Perspective Art

Chamber Music: Mixed media works by Kenny Lee August 12 – 23, 2009 Launch Projects, Toronto We’ve been noticing, over the past few years, that more artists are looking at objects from varying perspectives. Barbara Probst, “Exposure #34A: N.Y.C., Central Park, Umpire Rock, 06.14.05, 6:34 p.m. ,” 2005. Image: Barbara Probst’s excellent photographs tackle an event from numerous points
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VoCA Recommends: Sarah Anne Johnson at the AGO, Toronto

Sarah Anne Johnson: House on Fire Art Gallery on Ontario, Toronto July 4 – 23 August, 2009 Sarah Anne Johnson, House on Fire, 2008, Chromogenic Print. Image: Winnpeg-based artist, Yale grad and 2008 Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson debuts a new exhibition titled House on Fire at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The last time we saw Johnson’s
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VoCA Loves…Kerri Reid

We were struck by Toronto artist Kerri Reid’s dust drawings when we saw them at Red Bull gallery, as part of the excellent exhibition What It Really Is, curated by the hot young curator Nick Brown, in Toronto back in January. We’ve seen artwork in this vein before, but we’re always impressed by work that is so well produced and
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VoCA Recommends…Harold Edgerton and New Culture in Toronto, Bruce Head in Winnipeg

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto Dyed Roots: The New Emergence of Culture September 9 – October 26, 2008 This beautiful exhibition, curated by Camilla Singh in the difficult space of MoCCA, presents “the intermingling of cultures…considered as a natural consequence of immigration and travel.” Rina Banerjee, Crib sculpture. Image: The show’s title refers to intrinsic qualities that persist
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Ed Burtynsky: A Time Capsule for Photography

VoCA was trawling other art blogs looking for Canadian-related content when we found THIS article, courtesy of Tyler Green’s Modern Art Notes – see our blogroll on the right. Edward Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #2, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007. Image: Photographer Ed Burtynsky. Image: ink gallery “Photographer Edward Burtynsky made a formal proposal for a permanent art
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