Lee Henderson - Still Life with Thanatotic Animals
“It is the false problem of the terminus that fascinates me—in the persistence of collective histories and the brevity of individual lives—and the ways in which we accept, evade, or deny the knowledge of our own impermanence.”
gallerywest is pleased to present Still Life with Thanatotic Animals by Lee Henderson as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Henderson’s installation consists of glossy metallic C-print photographs of hunting trophies. The black and white prints, suspended from cables running the length of the gallery, were shot through the viewfinder of a second digital camera.
Taken in a heritage house in Alberta, Henderson focuses on capturing the technical, but also the sensory observations that help complete a day-to-night transformation. By night, each print will be lit only by a red glow. It is through this projection that the observer is exposed to a series of life-sized images set at street-level view.
In the work Henderson addresses the notion of things being frozen while at development, soon to be recorded and packaged, which furthers a detached human regard seemingly fostered through our constructed environment.
The connection made through this personified exhibition is deliberate, forging the relations between photography, hunting and museology. The viewer can then take such acknowledgement and explore the aftershock of each parallel.
“The work explores the Freudian Death Drive as a subtle but profound motivator common to photography, trophy hunting and the designation of archival or heritage status—in that they’re all ways of arresting things,” states Henderson.
Identifying the historical sense of ‘Thanatotic’ with Greek ancestral processes of sleep, stasis and death, Henderson presents an all-encompassing snapshot into “non-life.”
“With this body of photographs I continue my exploration of mortality through its bodily implications and its cultural manifestations,” Henderson explains.
“The dead animal’s head as an archival trophy echoes photography’s denial of time.”
Still Life with Thanatotic Animals runs from May 1st to May 31st.
The opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 5th from 7PM – 10PM.
About the Artist:
Lee Henderson has studied art in Canada and Berlin, with talented professionals including Maria Vedder, Brian Eno, and Ellen Bromberg. Since completing his MFA in Intermedia in 2005, Henderson has been furthering his time- and lens-based artistic practice while teaching Media Art, Computer Science, and Conceptual Photography at the postsecondary level (currently at OCAD University, Toronto, and the University of Western Ontario, London). He continues to show in Canada and abroad–recent and upcoming exhibitions and screenings include the Zero Film Festival (Los Angeles), The Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), The Rooms (St. John’s), SAW Video (Ottawa), and Trinity Square Video (Toronto).
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Photographs: 28”x35”, C-print on metallic, 2008.
CONTACT 2012 PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
Sunday May 6 & Monday May 7
Hosted by The Gladstone Hotel
Registration deadline is April 15
Jonathan Taggart, In-SHUCK-ch Mountain & Road, Samahquam IR 1, 2009. Taggart is one of two recipients of the 2011 Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award.
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is now accepting submissions from artists with well-developed projects to participate in the 2012 Portfolio Reviews.
Curators, gallery directors, art dealers, publishers and photo editors are brought together for two days during CONTACT to do portfolio reviews for established and emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism or photo-based art practices.
This is an important event for artists with projects at advanced stages of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting their work nationally or internationally-as well as for those looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice. The registration fee is $200 for four reviews.
Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award
One artist will be awarded a solo exhibition presented at the CONTACT Gallery. The award, chosen by an international jury of professionals in the field of photography, recognizes the most outstanding work presented at CONTACT’s annual Portfolio Reviews.
A special thank you to The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Image Works, Vistek and the Ontario Arts Council. This program was created to support and advance the careers of talented artists and photographers.
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gallerywest is pleased to present a joint showing from Susan Bozic and Evan Tyler as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Please join us:
Opening May 3, 7–10pm
One week until opening night of…..
Featuring the works of Evan Tyler & Susan Bozic
Bozic and Tyler utilize mannequins with great effect to explore society’s obsession with self-image and romantic ideals. Through two separate series, the artists present multiple images to create a virtual world of staged moments of socially constructed behaviour. This invites a question, one that observers must answer for themselves: Are the mannequins set up to mimic us, or are we setting ourselves up to mimic them?
STARTS @ 7PM / MAY 3RD / 1172 QUEEN WEST
Please join us Thursday May 2 from 7-10PM for the opening reception of ‘Unreleased’, presented as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival
2FIK’s latest body of work “Unreleased” explores the gap that can exist between a person’s sense of belonging within a culture, and the culture’s opinion of that person. In this work, 2FIK performs multiple visions of “self,” while exploring the positive and negative prejudices that accompany visual perceptions of the “other.” This exhibition presents a series of dramatic tableau photographs in which characters from different cultures meet and evolve.
This exhibition marks a special occasion in gallerywest history. The artist 2FIK is gallerywest’s inaugural exhibitor (“Chosen Identities”, 2010) and in many ways has contributed to the standard of success gallerywest is able to achieve as a space for contemporary art through his own standard of excellence and fearlessness.
Since October 2010 gallerywest has housed over twelve shows a year and continues to provide an environment for unique conversations and experiences with art and community.
A catalogue of 2FIK’s work will be available at gallerywest throughout the month of May featuring a text written by Evan Tyler.