Paysages affectifs: emotional landscapes

Grand OpeningMEDIA & Invited guests only Thursday 5- 9pm MAY 30th

Official opening to artists and invited guests FRIDAY MAY 31st 7pm to 10pm Public opening SAT June 1st 2-5pm

Duration May 31st - June 23rd, 2013


Assembled, examined and discovered Paysages affectifs: emotional landscapes visits Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Toronto, Detroit and cities of the imagination through manufactured, fabricated and documented panoramas of infamous and unfamiliar panoramas from around the world.

Devastated rustic beauty versus architectural structures, deserted interiors and conspicuous details brings us poetic, ethereal ghostly aesthetics and strange comforts through a sense of place that we understand through our interactions with the landscapes.

International and national photographers Jonathan Castellino, Richelle Forsey, Dieter Janssen, Yuriko's Kubato, Lori Nix and Jonathan Savoie examine time and beauty in what they observe or envision around them.

Yuriko's Kubato's double-layer On Earth-Paris merges two images one on top of the other and meticulously cutting thin vertical strips from the top layer to reveal slivers of the image beneath to create an effect of vibration, where movement and stillness play off each other blurring the lines between two and three-dimensional space.

Jonathan Castellino's indivisible diptych landscape inscape.VI of Toronto collides at an invisible seam exploring the conundrum of a two-faced city where an image can be both documentation and imagination.

Dieter Janssen's Rome Colosseum series 2008 is a collection of images of the conspicuous hand-forged ‘staples’ keeping the 2 thousand year old Colosseum from further collapse. The pieces, a temporary solution by preservationists have resulted in new layers of occupation and have been in place long enough now to carry their own experience.

Through meticulously constructed three-dimensional miniature dioramas Lori Nix's series The City imagines the city of our future after a natural or manmade event has emptied it of human inhabitants and Mother Nature: flora, fauna and insects reclaim what was once theirs before man's encroachment. The evolution of the world she conceives after people is both terrifying and fascinating.

Jonathan Savoie's Aerial Tokyo #3 and #10 from his series Aerial Photographs of Tokyo in false Color plays with presenting the everyday familiar sights of a city in a different way. Using expired Kodak Color infrared film designed in the 1940s for the US military for camouflage detection and the view from a Zepplin, Tokyo's landscape radiates in a unnatural hot pink.

Richelle Forsey's urban remains explores finding or fabricating narratives in the interiors of vacant, decommissioned and abandoned spaces. Inspired by the traces of human presence in the absence of occupation she captures in a single frame an image that hints at salacious and/or dark tales of what was.