May 13 – 24, 2009
Toronto CONTACT photography Festival
Frances Patella – Chronometrical Landscapes
Michael Brown – Crossing Toronto By Canoe
Michael Brown and Frances Patella are two Toronto-based Artists whose work celebrates Toronto’s unique environment. Both have become intimately connected with sections of our city and share these secrets during Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival.
Patella has photographed the rare Hight Park Oak Savannah over the course of a decade depicting one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems, transformed during annual prescribed burns. “It is the visual change in the state of things which will reveal their essential reality.” Taking artist/philosopher Roy Ascott’s quote as inspiration, Patella introduces a temporal aspect to the representation of the landscape. Each piece is made up of collaged photographs taken at different intervals of time, from a second to a decade later.
Brown brings to CONTACT a fresh take on Urban Landscape Photography. Shot entirely from a canoe, these images document a 10-day trip across Toronto from West to East. From abandoned shopping cards to pristine shorelines, Brown shares a side of Toronto that can only be experienced in a canoe.
Michael Brown lives and works within metres of Lake Ontario. Created in a public forum, his work is closely linked to the environment. He is a recipient of awards from both the Toronto and Ontario Arts Council.