Gallery TPW | Silver Editions
About the SILVER EDITIONS 2011 Set
Silver Editions 2011 brings together a trio of images that are equal parts visually seductive and formally inventive. Though the works are produced by a diverse group of artists, each at very different stages in their careers, all three demonstrate a parallel engagement with the terms of photographic representation and a willingness to test the limits therein. The images are playful, visually pleasing and deceptively simple in their construction. And yet each one also offers up a challenge to the very terms of photographed image. They take aspects of representation to task, toying with framing, flatness and form in a way that is deeply engaging and intellectually challenging.
Silver Editions 2011 is produced in an edition of 23 and is available for sale as a set for $1,250.
Silver Editions 2011 is the sixth collection in the series. The images have been generously donated by the participating artists to support Gallery TPW, a non profit artist-run centre and registered charity. All proceeds go to support Gallery TPW’s operations, programming and mandate.
About this Work
"My fascination with contemporary trade shows and the notion of 'dream' marketing is explored again within this new body of work. Bridge is from the 2010 International Auto Show. It utilizes the backdrop of a car campaign, strategically cropping out the logo and a car at the bottom of the bridge and photographed with part of the convention centre in the background. It examines the staging of culture in North American society and how it is marketed to us.
I’ve been photographing various trade shows in Montreal that range from Le Salon International De L'Auto, Salon de la Mariée and Salon National de la Pourvoirie, Chasse et Pêche. The installations at the trade shows act as sets and backdrops that are important in alluding to idealized social conventions like marriage, home and profession as artificial, alienating and phantasmagoric. The construction of each space utilizes objects that are familiar yet presented almost as artifacts that become uncanny and dislocated. The production of lifestyle and leisure are put onto display by highly choreographed scenarios."
About the Print
This edition, supervised by the artist, is printed with archival pigment inks on a satin Fine Art paper. The ink and paper combination have a display permanence rating of 200+ years. All our prints are made with the greatest attention to quality and a concern for permanence.
About the Artist
Kotama Bouabane is completing an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal. His work has been shown at the Harbourfront Center in Toronto, Flash Forward 2010 in Toronto, Whitney’s Biennial, NY, Empty Gallery, Montreal and Struts Gallery in New Brunswick. In 2010 the artist received the Roloff Beny Foundation Fellowship in Photography. He is represented by Erin Stump Projects in Toronto.