Donald Weber Artist Talk

Donald Weber War Sand Photographs

Donald Weber, Gold Beach, Sector Item, Green. October 2, 2013, 7:35pm. 16°C, 87% RELH, Wind SE, 7 Knots, VIS: Good, Clear, 2013

Donald Weber Artist Talk
and discussion with Sara Matthews

Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5

Circuit Gallery artist Donald Weber will talk about his photographic practice and his latest project War Sand with cultural critic Sara Matthews on Saturday afternoon, to coincide with the current exhibition Embedded, a two-person exhibition that features work by Weber, and U.S. based photographer Dima Gavrysh.

Donald Weber is a finalist for this year’s prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award and was nominated by critic and writer Sarah Millroy, who calls him “one of Canada’s most compelling practitioners in the field of documentary photography.” The award will be presented on April 29 in Toronto.


Embedded

Donald Weber
Dima Gavrysh

Exhibition continues through May 3, 2014

Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5

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Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Donald Weber War Sand Photographs

Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Sector Charlie. October 3, 2013, 8am. 17°C, 93% RELH, Wind ESE, 13 Knots. VIS: Fair, Moderate Rain, 2013

Dima Gavrysh Inshallah Photographs

Dima Gavrysh, Zerok #2, 2009

Visit Circuit Gallery for more information and to see more images:
www.circuitgallery.com/exhibitions_embedded


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery specializes in works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper. Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes.

Embedded: Donald Weber and Dima Gavrysh

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Embedded, Donald Weber, Dima Gavrysh, Photography Exhibition

Left to Right: Donald Weber, “Omaha Beach Shrapnel #188, Sector Dog, White” (detail) from the series War Sand, 2013; Dima Gavrysh, “Tangi #2″ (detail) from the series Inshallah, 2009

Embedded: Donald Weber and Dima Gavrysh

New exhibition looks at war and and the extents to which we can experience it through photography

Toronto, ON, April 2, 2014 — Circuit Gallery presents Embedded, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Canadian photographer Donald Weber, from his new project War Sand, and Ukrainian born, U.S. based photographer Dima Gavrysh, from his award winning project Inshallah. The exhibition is curated by Claire Sykes with a catalogue essay by Sara Matthews.

As Canada’s troops leave Afghanistan and we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, Embedded offers a timely look at war and the extents to which we can experience it through photography.

In War Sand, Donald Weber looks closely at the beaches of the Normandy coast, the sites of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in 1944. His work asks questions about history and geology, and about sacrifice, memory and time. In a departure from his previous powerful images of people, Weber offers a series of beautiful and moody land and seascapes. These are complemented by micrographic images of sand collected from beaches that reveal the traces of war; embedded in the beaches there remain vast quantities of shrapnel and other war debris.

Dima Gavrysh was embedded as a photojournalist with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011. In the course of his work, he moved progressively away from the kind of direct reportage he was expected to provide, toward taking a different kind of picture with the project evolving into a personal catharsis for which this war became a background. His powerful series, Inshallah, offers a more emotional and embodied impression of that experience—one that seeks to convey the pervasive unease, confusion and frustration he witnessed there.

Embedded is the inaugural exhibition for Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA and marks the start of the gallery’s new partnership with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA will present four exhibitions a year at this respected venue located in the 401 Richmond building, a destination arts-hub in downtown Toronto.

“Circuit Gallery had been operating in a relatively nomadic fashion with regular pop-up exhibitions, but when we were approached by Prefix about a presentation partnership, we did not hesitate,” says Sykes.

Circuit Gallery began in 2008 primarily as an online gallery offering affordable curated editions of contemporary photography, and while this remains a vital aspect of the gallery’s business physical exhibitions, such as Embedded, and more conventional sales and artist representation are an equally important part of what the gallery does.

“We are very excited for the gallery to grow and have a more permanent exhibition home which will allow us to more regularly curate and present engaging and thought-provoking work from outstanding Canadian and international photographers,” says Susana Reisman, Circuit Gallery co-Director.

“We are also excited to be curating new work by Donald Weber for our first show here, especially given he was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank photography prize,” adds Sykes.

Bios
Donald Weber is a photographer fascinated by the subject of power—be it economic, political, psychological—and how it deploys an all-encompassing theatre for its subjects. His intense Interrogations project and accompanying book (Schilt, 2011) received notable recognition and accolades from World Press Photo, PDN, Aperture, and many others. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize, and two World Press Photo prizes. Weber was most recently shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Prize. He is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo agency and is represented by Circuit Gallery (Toronto).

Dima Gavrysh is a documentary photographer who has, since early the 2000s, worked with major publications and news agencies such as Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Agence France-Presse. He has also worked on multiple projects around the globe, including collaborations with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations Population Fund and was embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan. Gavrysh’s work has appeared in a variety of international publications, including The New York Times, Stern, Paris Match and Time. Since 2009, he has been exploring the American war in Afghanistan through video installation, photography, appropriated imagery and data visualization. Gavrysh’s book Inshallah is forthcoming from Kehrer Verlag (2014).

Sara Matthews is Assistant Professor of Culture and Conflict in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interdisciplinary work brings aesthetic and cultural theory to the study of violence and the dynamics of social conflict. Her current research considers how contemporary Canadian War Artists are responding to Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. In addition to her academic work, Matthews curates aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. Her critical writing has appeared in articles for PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine, as a blog for Gallery TPW R&D, and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University and YYZ.

Embedded runs April 10 through May 3, 2014 at Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124, Toronto. Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m. with artists in attendance and an Artist’s Talk + Discussion, moderated by Sara Matthews takes place on Saturday, April 12, 1-2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.


Embedded

Donald Weber
Dima Gavrysh

April 10 – May 3, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday April 10, 6-9 p.m.
Artist’s Talk + Discussion: Saturday April 12, 1-2 p.m.

Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5

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Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dima Gavrysh Inshallah Photographs

Dima Gavrysh, Zerok #2, 2009

Dima Gavrysh Inshallah Photographs

Dima Gavrysh, Kandahar #1, 2011

Donald Weber War Sand Photographs

Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Sector Charlie. October 3, 2013, 8am. 17°C, 93% RELH, Wind ESE, 13 Knots. VIS: Fair, Moderate Rain, 2013

Donald Weber War Sand Photographs

Donald Weber, Gold Beach, Sector Item, Green. October 2, 2013, 7:35pm. 16°C, 87% RELH, Wind SE, 7 Knots, VIS: Good, Clear, 2013

Visit Circuit Gallery for more information and to see more images:
www.circuitgallery.com/exhibitions_embedded


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery specializes in works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper. Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes.

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Amanda Lee, Passionfruit Communications, passionfruit@cogeco.ca, Tel: 647-235-4079

Flip-Toronto: Artists Exploring Toronto’s Neighbourhoods

Flip-Toronto

Flip-Toronto

Eight Toronto-based artists mash-it-up to explore and reveal the city’s transformations, hidden histories and surprises!

Circuit Gallery, in collaboration with Pattison Onestop, Art for Commuters (Toronto) and Dar Onboz (Beirut, Lebanon), present Flip-Toronto, a fun new project that collides flip-books and digital media screens, to bring to life animated anecdotes that explore and capture the city’s transformations, hidden histories and surprises!

Flip-Toronto features work by: David Grenier, Aubrey Reeves, Alec Dempster, Cortney Stephenson, Mary Porter, Tania Ursomarzo, Patrick Jenkins, and Lise Beaudry.

Artists were asked to choose a specific neighbourhood or location in the city to explore and portray in their flip-book project. The challenge – how do you tell a story about the city, in only 60 pages, without text and sound?

The results are amazing! The range of subjects and approaches taken are innovative and unexpected — from the use of pen and ink to bring to life a rain soaked 1950s football game, to Google maps being used as the source material for a series of encaustic paintings animating the changing urban landscape of the Junction.

Working in diverse media (drawing, photography, paper-cut) these artists have captured and illustrated everyday moments and childhood memories, sought to reveal historic events, and to showcase this ever changing and dynamic city – replete with a bustling Chinatown, a colourful crossing-guard, and buskers!

A different approach to urban story-telling

View the projects below, or on the project’s dedicated website.


About Flip-Toronto

Flip-Toronto is curated by Claire Sykes and Susana Reisman, Circuit Gallery (Toronto) and Sharon Switzer, Art for Commuters.

Flip-Toronto was inspired by Flip-Beirut, the successful flip-book project conceived and realized by the Lebanese publishing house Dar Onboz. Flip-Toronto is the second installation in what is hoped to become a multi-city initiative, under the umbrella title of Flip-City.

About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

About Pattison Onestop

Pattison Outdoor Advertising is Canada’s largest Out-of-Home advertising company, serving over 100 markets coast-to-coast. Pattison Onestop, a division of Pattison Outdoor, is a world leader in the development and operation of Digital Out-of-Home Media (DOOH) for mass transit, mall, retail, hospitality, residential, office, and outdoor environments.

About Art for Commuters

Art for Commuters is a non-profit curatorial collective that initiates unique, thought-provoking projects in the public realm. As Pattison Onestop’s arts programming partner, they bring urban art festivals and exhibitions to over one million people daily on the network of TTC subway platform screens. Art for Commuters was founded in 2007 by Sharon Switzer.

Flip-Toronto supporters


A Big Thank You to…

In addition to the wonderful artists, Sharon, Susana and Claire, would like to sincerely thank the following people for their generosity, time and expertise, without whom the project would not have been possible:

Nadine Touma, Jean-Paul Kelly, David Grenier, Marie Nazar, Adrienna Matzeg, Aubrey Reeves, and the talent at Fourth Wall Media.

Thanks!

SCENES FROM HERE: Eamon Mac Mahon, Jim Verburg

Eamon Mac Mahon, Inuvik Airport

Eamon Mac Mahon, Inuvik Airport, (2008)

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Timely new exhibition asks us to consider our complex relationship with nature

Toronto, ON, April 25, 2012 — Circuit Gallery is proud to present SCENES FROM HERE as a Featured Exhibition in the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

This exhibition, curated by Claire Sykes, seeks to bring forward something of our complex and ambiguous relationship with nature, its role in our imaginary (specifically as represented in landscape) and our different experience and understanding of its reality (its strength and fragility).

SCENES FROM HERE presents the work of two photographers, Eamon Mac Mahon and Jim Verburg, whose considerably different interests in the natural landscape both seem predicated on a sense of disconnect and loss.

Mac Mahon is fascinated by our ideas and impressions of the ‘wilderness’, and the constant push-pull of man versus nature. He invites us to consider the range of attitudes that we have towards nature and to being in the natural world.

In a series of non-prescriptive images that focus on visual anecdotes: particular places, moments, and incidents, he effectively reveals our ambiguous relationship with nature, recognizing both its power as something unforgiving, destructive and “bigger than us” and its fragility as something in need of protection.

Jim Verburg’s photographs are not about specific places or nature itself, rather they are projections of psychic space—anthropomorphized conduits of moods and experience. The landscape and nature, often formally reduced to basic forms and elements (circles, light, water, fire, wood), function here as motif for the larger themes he explores in his work: interpersonal relationships, ideas of self and other, and our connectedness and difference.

For Verburg, being in nature, or ‘getting away’, becomes the ground or condition for connection, affording him that contemplative space to look inward, to strip things down and get in touch with what feels basic, honest and essential.

About the Artists
Eamon Mac Mahon is an award winning photographer/videographer currently based in Montreal. His photographs have appeared in various publications including the Walrus, National Geographic, and the New Yorker, as well as exhibition spaces such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, Higher Pictures NYC and San Jose’s Institute of Contemporary Art. A large-scale, year-long exhibition of his ‘Landlocked’ series, described as ‘magnificent and mysterious’ by the Globe and Mail, was presented at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport during CONTACT 2008. His video work has been exhibited at The Power Plant, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Music Gallery in Toronto. He is represented by Bau-Xi Photo.

Jim Verburg is a Toronto-based artist whose practice is mainly concerned with the complexities of relationships. His second film For a Relationship won the 2008 Jury Prize for the Best Canadian Short Film at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto. The work was also nominated for the Iris Prize in the UK. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Widmer and Theodoridis Contemporary in Zurich, Portrait Study at the New Stage of National Theatre in Prague, Domestic Queens at the FOFA Gallery in Montreal, So Many Letdowns Before We Get Up at Platform Gallery in Winnipeg, and One and Two, a solo show at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal. The show was awarded the 2011 Dazibao prize.

SCENES FROM HERE runs May 3 through 26 at Gallery 345, with an opening reception on Thursday May 3, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. Both artists will be in attendance.


SCENES FROM HERE

Eamon Mac Mahon
Jim Verburg

May 3 – 26, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday May 3, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada
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Gallery Hours:
Saturdays, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment (please don’t hesitate to make one)
For more information contact Claire Sykes: claire@circuitgallery.com | 1-647-477-2487

Jim Verburg

Jim Verburg, Untitled (Diptych), 2011

Eamon Mac Mahon

Eamon Mac Mahon, Woodland Caribou, 2011

Jim Verburg

Jim Verburg, Untitled, 2012

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to learn more about this exhibition and to see more work: www.circuitgallery.com/exhibitions_contact2012


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

For more information, visit www.circuitgallery.com or follow the daily conversation at www.twitter.com/circuitgallery.

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For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery
Tel: 647-477-2487
E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com

Circuit Gallery at upArt2011

Akihiko Miyoshi

Akihiko Miyoshi, Ode to the Pictorialists (2003)

Circuit Gallery @ upArt

Find Circuit Gallery at the 2011 upArt Contemporary Art Fair. We are very happy to be participating again in Toronto’s alternative art fair, scheduled to coincide with Art Toronto.

Our showcase exhibition features affordable and highly collectable works by:

Robert Canali
Alejandro Cartagena
Paulo Catrica
Leanne Eisen
Andrew Emond
Akihiko Miyoshi

+ TPW Silver Editions 2011 (a limited edition portfolio)
Kotama Bouabane
Michelle O’Byrne
Michael Snow


upArt 2011 Contemporary Art Fair

Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30

Gala Opening Reception: Thursday, October 29, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Exhibition Hours: Friday, Saturday + Sunday: 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM

The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M6J 1J6

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We hope to see you there!
Claire + Susana

Andrew Emond

Andrew Emond, Board, Buffalo Color (2005)

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane, Bridge (2010)

Leanne Eisen

Leanne Eisen, Laneway Lansdowne (2010)

INTANGIBLES: Robert Canali, Wayne Dunkley + S. Billie Mandle

Robert Canali, Untitled 7 (In Dust), 2010

Robert Canali, Untitled 7 (In Dust), 2010

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INTANGIBLES: New group photography exhibition featuring Robert Canali, Wayne Dunkley and S. Billie Mandle

Toronto, ONCircuit Gallery is pleased to present INTANGIBLES, a group exhibition of work by three photographers who all, in their own way, attempt to give representation to something experienced, perceived or felt, but not otherwise tangible—be it the phenomena of light, color, energy or the more transcendent, indeed spiritual state of being.

From his project In Dust, Robert Canali gives us a series of highly abstract and beautiful images about light and its corollary colour. Exploring the oppositions between the tangible and the intangible, abstraction and representation, Canali uses the very materials of photography—glass, paper, film, fluorescent tubes—to give objective representation to the essential yet utterly immaterial aspects of the medium.

In her own way, S. Billie Mandle’s work also relies heavily on the representation of light and color, in this case as metaphor, for spirituality and transcendence. In her series, Reconciliation, Mandle gives us photographs of the interiors of catholic confessionals. Here she shines a light, literally drawing the curtain, on these small, dark, non-descript and indeed well worn rooms for private introspection—spaces not meant to be seen or experienced in themselves as such. Mandle is interested in how the materiality, indeed how the tangibility of such space gets transformed into a space for the intangible ritual of confession. In these exquisite images, Mandle powerfully evokes, the presence of others, their secrets, and ultimately something of the desire for and experience of transcendence.

And finally, like other artists attempting to give representation to the “sublime”, Wayne Dunkley uses photography to capture something of the intangible, specifically something of his embodied and emotional connection to the landscape. Literally each image in his series TransForm is the product of a single hand-held exposure that effectively records the movement of his body, his breathing, as he experiences and connects with the land and its most basic elements: water, rock, trees and light.

In Dunkley’s photographs of the landscape he is bringing into the foreground what he describes as a “resonating energetic space” that exists below the surface of objects and within landscape, and that can be experienced when we are open to such experience. Dunkley’s photographs are less about the material world and any clear objective representation of it (photography’s traditional role) and more about our affective experience of being-in it.


INTANGIBLES runs September 15 through October 22 at Gallery 345, with an opening reception on Thursday September 15, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. Both Mr. Canali and Mr. Dunkley will be in attendance.

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more:
http://www.circuitgallery.com

Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada
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Gallery Hours:
Saturdays, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment
For more information contact Claire Sykes: claire[at]circuitgallery.com | 1-647-477-2487

Wayne Dunkley TransForm5, 2011

Wayne Dunkley TransForm5, 2011


S. Billie Mandle Saint Peter, 2008

S. Billie Mandle Saint Peter, 2008

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more about this work.
www.circuitgallery.com


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

For more information, visit www.circuitgallery.com or follow the daily conversation at www.twitter.com/circuitgallery.

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For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery
Tel: 647-477-2487
E-mail: claire[at]circuitgallery.com

ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA: SUBURBIA MEXICANA

Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana

Alejandro Cartagena, Girl Coming Home To Suburb In Juarez From A Night Out In The City from Suburbia Mexicana, 2009

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ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA: SUBURBIA MEXICANA

Circuit Gallery brings acclaimed project to Toronto for CONTACT Photography Festival Featured Exhibition

Toronto, ON – April 28, 2011Circuit Gallery is pleased to present, as a Featured Exhibition in the 2011 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, a major solo exhibition of 30 large-format works by contemporary Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena from his acclaimed project Suburbia Mexicana: Cause and Effect (2006-2009). The exhibition features works drawn from the project’s constituent parts—Urban Holes, Fragmented Cities, Lost Rivers, and People of Suburbia.

The recent monograph Suburbia Mexicana, co-published by Daylight and Photolucida (2011), accompanies the exhibition. The book features 36 colour plates, an Introduction by Karen Irvine, an Essay by Gerardo Montiel Klint, and an Interview by Lisa Uddin.


Suburbia Mexicana is a documentary project deeply rooted in the local and the particular, in the artist’s own experience living and working in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. It is an ambitious and committed project that seeks to tell, in multiple chapters, the complex story of the region’s rapid suburban expansion: from urban gentrification and inner-city ‘ghettoization,’ to the seemingly unplanned and unhampered suburban sprawl emanating from many of its fast growing cities, including the environmental consequences.

Alejandro Cartagena’s project pays homage to and distinguishes itself from the New Topographics—a 1970s American exhibition of landscape photography that evolved into a movement. His subjects include: tract housing, inner-city vacant lots, desiccated or polluted rivers, and the residents of these new developments. Yet beyond simple documentation, Cartagena is interested in foregrounding the larger picture: “the Mexican suburbs are symbolic; they represent corruption, a lack of standards in planning, and personal obsessions.” Through a sustained and holistic visual study, Cartagena effectively conveys something about the deeper mechanisms at work–the ideological, political, economic, and social ground–in his “man-altered landscapes.”

Cartagena’s work equally diverges from earlier New Topographic approaches in that it does not simply reject beauty, or seek to coolly “aestheticize the banal.” His images are aesthetically alluring and offer multiple points of resonance, reaching beyond the specific place represented and attesting to something more pervasive and palpable on a global level—greed, corruption, ecological fragility and loss—as shared issues under advanced capitalism.

Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is in several public and private collections in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and the United States, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and the Joaquim Paiva Collection, Sao Paolo, Brazil. He is the recipient of several major national grants, numerous honorable mentions and acquisition prizes in Mexico and abroad. He is represented by Circuit Gallery (Toronto).


Suburbia Mexicana: Cause and Effect runs April 28 through May 29 at Gallery 345, with an OPENING RECEPTION on Thursday May 5, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.. The artist will be in attendance.

On Saturday, May 7, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Mr. Cartagena will talk about his project and be signing books.

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more:
http://www.circuitgallery.com

Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada
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Gallery Hours:
Saturdays, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment
For more information contact Claire Sykes: claire@circuitgallery.com | 1-647-477-2487

Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana

Alejandro Cartagena, Fragmented Cities, Escobedo, 2008

Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana

Alejandro Cartagena, Business In Newly Built Suburb In Juarez, 2009

Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana

Alejandro Cartagena, Fragmented Cities, Santa Catarina #2, 2008

Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana

Alejandro Cartagena, Untitled Lost River #16, from the Suburbia Mexicana Project, 2008

Alejandro Cartagena, Suburbia Mexicana

Alejandro Cartagena, Father With Children After Gathering Wood In Juarez Suburb, 2009

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more about this work.
www.circuitgallery.com


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

For more information, visit www.circuitgallery.com or follow the daily conversation at www.twitter.com/circuitgallery.

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For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery
Tel: 647-477-2487
E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com

Book Launch and Exhibitions – Alphabet City Festival 2010: AIR and TRASHFOODFUELWATERAIR

Alphabet City Festival 2011 - AIR

Alphabet City Festival 2010: AIR – Toronto Book Launch and Exhibitions

Toronto’s Alphabet City is celebrating the publication of its 15th anthology AIR – and the completion of its five-part biblioblitz on the environment – with events in NYC + Toronto.

The thin layer of atmosphere that clings to the surface of our planet is a fragile and corrupted brew. Air is in constant, restless migration around the globe, connecting us in the most intimate fashion. From the dust storms that sweep into Beijing from faraway deserts to the smog from Chinese factories that shrouds Los Angeles, our air, the ultimate commons, is tragically defenseless. Breathing air is an involuntary physical function, but keeping the air breathable requires acts of political imagination and will. AIR considers the condition of this basic component of life on earth from a range of perspectives. It reveals the thick materiality of air, air as stinky, clotted, corrupted matter – in a word, dirty. AIR leads us to perceive air, and the imperative to protect it, anew.

AIR art + talks + party – Toronto

Saturday, December 11, 3:00 p.m. – midnight

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West (Lansdowne subway station), Toronto
www.torontofreegallery.org

Presented in partnership with Toronto Free Gallery and Circuit Gallery

ALL DAY – Exhibitions and Print Sale

3:00-6:00 p.m. – MUSEO AERO SOLAR: Help build a giant balloon artwork!

6:00-8:00 p.m. – CITIES OF AIR: Readings and interviews with four AIR authors: Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Megan Griffith-Greene, Amanda Jernigan, and Lisa Rochon

8:00-midnight – PARTY-AIR!: Celebrate with the authors, artists, designers, partners and editors of the AIR project.

LEARN MORE – visit the AbC Festival site

Alphabet City Festival 2011 - AIR


TRASHFOODFUELWATERAIR

December 11 through February 23, 2011
Toronto Free Gallery

Christine D'Onofrio, Smarties (Group of 4), 2004

Christine D'Onofrio, Smarties (Group of 4), 2004 - from the anthology FOOD

TRASHFOODFUELWATERAIR features fine art prints for sale from ABC’s five-volume series on the environment. The exhibition and print sale are part of our ongoing fundraising collaboration – Art from the Anthologies – with Alphabet City.

Find work, exclusively available through this project, by: Michael Cook, Eamon Mac Mahon, Stefan Petranek, Christine D’Onofrio, Ian Spence, Susana Reisman, Meredith Carruthers + Susannah Wesley (Leisure Projects), and Cynthia Lin.

Susana Reisman, from the Plastikos series, Untitled 1, 2002

Susana Reisman, Untitled 9 from the Plastikos series, 2002 - from the anthology TRASH

Eamon Mac Mahon, Lake Ice

Eamon Mac Mahon, Lake Ice, 2005 - from the anthology WATER

Michael Cook, Beaconsfield Overflow, Garrison Creek Relief Sewer, Toronto, 2008

Michael Cook, Beaconsfield Overflow, Garrison Creek Relief Sewer, Toronto, 2008 - from the anthology WATER

Please visit our Projects section to see and learn more about this collaboration.


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

For more information, visit www.circuitgallery.com or follow the daily conversation at www.twitter.com/circuitgallery.

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For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery
Tel: 647-477-2487
E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com

Circuit Gallery Presents Bill Finger: Distant Smoke

Bill Finger, After Psycho

Bill Finger, After Psycho from the series Gravity Wins, 2006

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Circuit Gallery Presents Bill Finger: Distant Smoke

Toronto, ON – November 15, 2010Circuit Gallery is pleased to present Distant Smoke, a solo exhibition of eleven large scale photographs by Seattle artist Bill Finger. This will be his first solo exhibition in Toronto.

Creating images that explore both television crime drama and the photographer as “unreliable narrator,” Bill Finger’s photographs elaborately play with both fiction and reality. Within each image Finger evokes and entwines memories of specific places from his childhood with those of the Hollywood movie sets he has worked on during a 20 year career as a motion picture Assistant Cameraman.

Each photograph in the exhibition began with a handcrafted miniature diorama that Finger painstakingly constructed for the point of view of the camera. Pulling back slightly with the camera, on certain images, he further exposes the illusion while allowing the viewer a glimpse off the set. With the edges exposed, Finger adds an emphasis to the constructed nature of photography. Where most photographs make a claim to represent the truth, Finger’s images do just the opposite, each one an elaborate fiction.

Without the physical presence of people or actors within his miniature sets of tenement bay windows, hospital rooms and derelict fields, he is still able to create a feeling of tension and foreboding that something has either just happened or is about to occur. It could be an approaching storm, the loss of something valuable or perhaps something much more sinister.

Bill Finger received his MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005. His work has been exhibited across the United States and Canada and is included in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography. Bill’s images have been published in the books Light & Lens and Exploring Color as well as the European magazine Fotograf.


Bill Finger: Distant Smoke

November 23 – December 5, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 24, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Department Gallery
1389 Dundas St. West, Toronto M6J 1Y4
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Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bill Finger, Watch

Bill Finger, Watch from the series Gravity Wins, 2009

Bill Finger

Bill Finger, 1969 - Age 8 from the series Paramnesia, 2004

Bill Finger

Bill Finger, Forest Set from the series Gravity Wins, 2006

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more about this work.
www.circuitgallery.com


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

For more information, visit www.circuitgallery.com or follow the daily conversation at www.twitter.com/circuitgallery.

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For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery
Tel: 647-477-2487
E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com

What Is Art Worth To You?

upArt Contemporary Art Fair, 2010

Join Circuit Gallery for the upArt Contemporary Art Fair at the Gladstone Hotel as we engage head-on with this year’s theme—For What It’s Worth—and challenge you to consider the question of “value” in art!

Our exhibition features work by:

Robert Bean
Alejandro Cartagena
Dan Larkin
Akihiko Miyoshi
Sharon Switzer
Andrew Wright

What do we value in art? Why do we collect? How do we attribute worth to an artwork? In the case of digital or photographic work—where there is no “original,” simply an infinitely reproducible image—what determines the edition?

The consideration of these questions and the multifarious meanings of value, lie at the core of Circuit Gallery’s intervention. Our business model is based on questioning the very idea of “value” in art—what this means and where we find it. Instead of polemically answering these questions, we seek to make explicit their terms and entanglements, to create a new model of circulation for art, and to offer new options for both artists and collectors.

The 2010 exhibition theme, For What It’s Worth: Curios, Collections and Counterfeits, could not be more appropriate and we are very happy to have been invited to participate in this year’s event, scheduled to coincide with the Art Toronto.


UpArt 2010: For What It’s Worth

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 3

Gala Opening Reception: Thursday, October 28, 7-10 pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Hours: 12 noon – 6 pm

The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M6J 1J6

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We hope to see you there!
Claire + Susana