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

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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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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

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

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

New Exhibition: Circuit Gallery Presents Portuguese Photographer Paulo Catrica’s OPERA Project

Paulo Catrica, from Opera, 2006

Paulo Catrica, Lfc445 25/7/2006 16:10hrs f22/15 sec., 2006

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New Exhibition: Circuit Gallery Presents Portuguese Photographer Paulo Catrica’s OPERA Project

Toronto, ON – May 4, 2010Circuit Gallery is pleased to present eleven large format photographic works from Paulo Catrica’s OPERA project. This is the Portuguese artist’s first solo exhibition in North America, and Circuit Gallery’s second exhibition at Böhmer.

In a series of exquisite pictures taken inside the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the home of the Portuguese National Opera in Lisbon, Paulo Catrica allows us to look behind the scenes at the working spaces of this historical theatre.

Devoid of people or action, and deceptively straightforward, Catrica’s photographs seem, at first glance, to concern themselves with presenting the non-public (non-performance) spaces of this heritage building—offering us, as viewers, a privileged look at old theatre rigging, the workings of the clock featured on the main façade, the empty auditorium from the stage, the storage and rehearsal rooms, and so forth.

While presenting, indeed documenting, the interior of São Carlos in this way, Catrica’s photographs are less interested in these “backstage” spaces or the architecture as such, as they are in what has and is happening in them. Despite their objective “emptiness” the spaces Catrica presents are inhabited by both people and history.

The presence and industry of people and the past are powerfully evoked—conjured at the piano or the workshop table. The tension between past and present are pronounced in plastic wrapped chandeliers, and the juxtaposition of a calendar girl and an 18th century portrait, but they are undeniably palpable elsewhere. They are the subject of these images (and, in a profound sense, that of photography itself).

Catrica embarked upon this project between 2005 and 2009, at a time of economic stress which resulted in the trend toward the wholesale acquisition of larger European co-productions. As he says these photographs were taken “at a time when the building was undergoing significant changes,” and when, in effect, the “working spaces of S. Carlos [were becoming] obsolete or un-used.”

Paulo Catrica: OPERA

June 29 – August 14, 2010
Reception: Saturday July 17, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Paulo Catrica, from Opera, 2009

Paulo Catrica, Lfc796 5/1/2009 16:45hrs f64/2:00 min., 2009

Paulo Catrica, from Opera, 2008

Paulo Catrica, Lfc794 29/12/2008 16:45hrs F32/3:00 min., 2008

Paulo Catrica, from Opera, 2006

Paulo Catrica, Lfc 451 1/8/2006 16:05hrs f45/2 sec, 2006

Paulo Catrica is a Portuguese photographer currently living in London. Since 1998 his work has regularly been exhibited in Europe: Portugal, Spain, Finland, UK, France, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. His work is in numerous public and private collections in Europe, including the Siemens UK Art Collection, the Museum of London, the Colecção Nacional de Fotografia (Porto), and the Museu da Imagem (Braga).

Catrica’s recent solo shows include H08, at Silo Cultural, Porto (2009), No Ruses So To Speak, at Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon (2008) and Images & Pictures, Arquivo Fotográfico da C.M.Municipal de Lisboa (2008). The near future is an equally busy one for Catrica as he has exhibitions opening in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and Lisbon later this year, as well as an artist residency in the Galapagos Islands and a related exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, planned for 2011.

Paulo Catrica studied Photography at Ar.Co. (Lisbon, 1985) and History at Universidade Lusíada (Lisbon, 1992). He received his MA from Goldsmith’s College, London (1997) and currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster in London. His current project is entitled “Subtopia: the New Towns Program in Britain.”

Paulo Catrica: OPERA runs June 29 through August 14 at Böhmer, with a reception on Saturday July 17, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The space is open for viewing Monday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. until close.

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


About Böhmer

Böhmer is located at 93 Ossington Ave. (between Queen and Dundas). The restaurant is open for dinner everyday except Sunday, starting at 5:00 p.m..
Website: www.boehmer.ca
Tel: 416-531-3800

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 is based in Toronto, Canada
www.circuitgallery.com | tel. 647-477-2487 | email: info@circuitgallery.com

MORE IS MORE

Dean Baldwin, Nadia Belerique, Diane Borsato, Cecilia Berkovic, FASTWÜRMS, Micah Lexier, Kelly Lycan, Annie MacDonell, and Lindsay Page

Kelly Lycan, Special, Lamps

Kelly Lycan, SPECIAL, Lamps, 2009

The More is More Collection Launch

March 10, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gallery TPW, 56 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, M6J 2Y7

Join Gallery TPW and Circuit Gallery on March 10th at an informal reception to launch The More Is More Collection – a new opportunity for collecting affordable art on-line. Take advantage of this one night only event to meet the artists and view the entire collection in person and learn more.

The More Is More Collection is a must-have selection of witty and conceptual prints by celebrated Canadian artists. Both intelligent and visually compelling The More Is More Collection is a whimsical assortment of constructed images documenting fake rocks, obsessive collections, spontaneous photographs and a cat implicated in a conceptual art crime.

All of the photographs in The More Is More Collection are exclusively available for purchase online through the Circuit Gallery website and are available as 16″ x 20″ prints at a very wallet friendly $120. Proceeds from this collection will help support Gallery TPW’s programming.

“We are really excited to be partnering with Gallery TPW and supporting their programming mission,” says Susana Reisman, Circuit Gallery co-director. “We have a solid infrastructure that can both help in raising funds for Gallery TPW and in making available, indeed accessible, some great artwork.”

According to Gary Hall, Gallery TPW Executive Director, “Artist-Run Centres have been at the forefront of democratizing art since the 1970’s. The partnership with Circuit Gallery makes sense – their system is convenient and affordable and I think it has great potential to introduce the pleasures of art collecting to a much larger segment of the population. We’re pleased to have such an impressive selection of artists participating in this new venture. Most of them had exhibitions at Gallery TPW at important stages of their careers and many of them have created unique works available only in The More is More Collection.”

View The More Is More Collection.
Simply order online and prints will be delivered directly to your door within a few days.

Artwork available includes special editions by Dean Baldwin, Nadia Belerique, Cecilia Berkovic, Diane Borsato, FASTWÜRMS, Micah Lexier, Kelly Lycan, Annie MacDonell, and Lindsay Page.


About Gallery TPW

Gallery TPW is a leading artist-run centre that presents innovative and challenging exhibitions of contemporary lens and screen-based art featuring local, national and international artists. For 30 years Gallery TPW has consistently supported professional artists and developed audiences through its gallery exhibitions, online programming, publications and special events.
For more information, visit them online at www.gallerytpw.ca.

About Circuit Gallery

Circuit 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. Our mission and model are simple. We want to make interesting, significant, quality, contemporary art more accessible by making it more affordable. We are able to achieve this by offering the work that we sell online and in relatively large editions.

While internationally oriented, Circuit Gallery is based in Toronto, Canada.

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Media Contact:
Gary Hall, Executive Director, Gallery TPW
Tel: 416-645-1066

Sponsor: Mill Street Brewery

Gallery TPW And Circuit Gallery Partner To Offer Affordable Art

FASTWÜRMS, Spotti Fang, 2009

FASTWÜRMS, Spotti Fang, 2009

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The More Is More Collection, Gallery TPW And Circuit Gallery Partner To Offer Affordable Art

Toronto, ON – December 17, 2009 Circuit Gallery and Gallery TPW are pleased to announce the launch of The More Is More Collection, an innovative fundraising enterprise for the artist-run centre.

Toronto’s Gallery TPW is an artist-run center that has played a significant role for over thirty years in supporting both contemporary Canadian and International artists, working in still and moving images, and developing audiences through its gallery exhibitions, online programming, public events, and promotional activities. Circuit Gallery is an innovative web-based gallery whose mission is to make high-quality contemporary art more accessible by making it more affordable.

The two galleries have joined forces to offer a series of very affordable limited editions drawn from the work of past exhibiting artists, members of the Board, and friends of Gallery TPW.

Artwork currently available includes special editions by Nadia Belerique, the FASTWÜRMS, Micah Lexier, Kelly Lycan, and Annie MacDonell. New additions to this collection by Dean Baldwin, Cecilia Berkovic, Diane Borsato, and Lindsay Page will be added in the near future.

All of the photographs in this collection are exclusively available for purchase online through the Circuit Gallery website – www.circuitgallery.com/tpw – and are available as 16″ x 20″ prints at a very wallet-friendly $120.

“We are really excited to be partnering with Gallery TPW and supporting their programming mission,” says Susana Reisman, Circuit Gallery co-director. “We have an solid infrastructure that can both help in raising funds for Gallery TPW and in making available, indeed accessible, some great artwork.”

According to Gary Hall, Gallery TPW Executive Director, “Circuit Gallery has created a hassle-free system for expanding our affordable art program with year-round on-line sales in aid of our fundraising goals.”

An exhibition and reception to mark the launch of this new collaboration is planned for early 2010 at Gallery TPW.


About Gallery TPW

Gallery TPW is located at 56 Ossington Avenue. For more information, visit them online at www.gallerytpw.ca.

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

Art From The Anthologies, Alphabet City And Circuit Gallery To Offer Limited Editions

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Art From The Anthologies, Alphabet City And Circuit Gallery
To Offer Limited Editions

Toronto, ON – October 27, 2009 — Toronto’s internationally acclaimed Alphabet City has found an ideal partner in Circuit Gallery. The two entities have joined forces to offer a series of very affordable limited edition artworks drawn from two decades of Alphabet City’s compelling, and always relevant, publications.

The collaboration, “Art from the Anthologies,” begins with works from Alphabet City’s newest anthology, Water (co-published with The MIT Press), with plans to offer material from previous editions in the near future. The works are exclusively available for purchase online through the Circuit Gallery website – www.circuitgallery.com/overview_ac/.

“Artists have always been central contributors to their thematic volumes,” says Claire Sykes, Circuit Gallery co-director. “We are very excited to be collaborating – both in raising funds for Alphabet City and in making available some very strong artwork.”

Artwork currently available includes special editions by Eamon Mac Mahon, Stefan Petranek, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley.

To mark the launch of this new collaboration a special event entitled Water, Life and Baths has been organized for Sunday, November 1, starting at 5:00 p.m. at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West, Toronto, and is part of the larger ALPHABET CITY FESTIVAL 2009: WATER (October 31 – November 6, 2009). (Visit the Alphabet City website for more details).

The evening, moderated by Ian Brown, will convene three literary contributors to Water (all of them recent mothers) – Jowita Bydlowska, Astrida Neimanus, and Christie Pearson – who will read from their essays and reflect together on the life of watery beings. Artworks from the latest anthology, Water, will be on display for the event.


About Alphabet City

Alphabet City is a series of annual hardcover anthologies originating from Toronto, Canada. Each volume in the series addresses a one-word topic of global concern and draws on the diverse perspectives of writers and artists from many cultures and disciplines. Each book is a graphically rich and textually surprising combination of images and texts that critically and imaginatively reinvents the topic at hand.

About Circuit Gallery

Circuit 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. The gallery aims to make interesting, significant, quality, contemporary art more accessible by making it more affordable.

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For more information, contact:

Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery

Tel: 647-477-2487

E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com

New Online Gallery Changes The Way Contemporary Art is Bought and Sold

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New Online Gallery Changes The Way Contemporary Art
is Bought and Sold

Circuit Gallery Launches Thursday, October 29th at The Department
With Exhibition Featuring The Works of Twelve Local and International Artists

www.circuitgallery.com

Toronto, ON – October 6, 2009 — Photographer Susana Reisman and art historian Claire Sykes are the partners behind Circuit Gallery, a new online gallery that promises to change the way contemporary art is bought and sold. Taking a bold approach to the business of art, the duo have flipped the conventional art world formula of high prices for small editions or unique objects and instead will offer larger edition works by serious contemporary artists at prices that are affordable to everyone.

“Digital technologies have changed both the way many contemporary artists now work and how images are distributed and enjoyed,” says Sykes. “This fundamental change has allowed us to break out of the old constraints and bring quality contemporary art to people at a price they can afford.”

“By offering works in larger editions and selling through the Internet we are able to keep the costs low,” adds Reisman. “It is really pretty simple, we want collecting art to be both easy and accessible.”

Primarily focused on the beginner or novice collector, Circuit Gallery also offers more seasoned collectors the chance to experiment. The gallery has an exclusive relationship with a growing roster of established and emerging artists from Canada, the US, Venezuela, and Japan, chosen for their ability to deliver work that is “fresh, visually engaging, and relevant.”

Currently, Circuit Gallery features the work of 12 artists:

Robert Bean, David Clark, Bill Finger, David Grenier, Dan Larkin, Heather Layton, Akihiko Miyoshi, Stefan Petranek, James Rajotte, Susana Reisman, Roger Sayre, and Sharon Switzer.

Prices for work on the Circuit Gallery Website range from $30 to $120 (CAD) and include photographic, digital and print-based works on paper. All of the gallery’s editions are limited to 500 and offered as ink-jet prints (giclée) or digital c-prints (chromogenic photographs). Artists supervise the printing of their individual work. Each work is numbered and includes a signed certificate of authenticity.

Circuit Gallery is fundamentally artist-centered and was conceived as a complement to conventional gallery (or dealer) representation as well as an alternative means to bring great work to a wider audience. Several of the artists represented by Circuit Gallery have conventional galleries and dealers through whom you can see and purchase other works.

The official launch of Circuit Gallery takes place Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 7 PM – 10 PM at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Artists in attendance include: David Grenier, Dan Larkin, Stefan Petranek, James Rojotte and Sharon Switzer. The accompanying exhibition runs from October 26 until November 1, 2009.


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.com.

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