May 3 - 26, 2012
Thursday May 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (artists in attendance)
Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada
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SCENES FROM HERE
This exhibition 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.
Above: Eamon Mac Mahon, Inuvik Airport, 2008; Top: Left - Eamon Mac Mahon, Woodland Caribou, 2011; Right, Jim Verburg, Untitled, 2011
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.
Left to Right: Eamon Mac Mahon, Bear Skin, Bluefish, Yukon, 2007; Black Dog, Eagle Plains, 2009; Baffin Island, Iceberg, 2011.
Eamon Mac Mahon, Paddy's Shack, Kalapana, Hawaii, 2008.
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.
Jim Verburg, Untitled (Diptych), 2011
Untitled (15, 22 and now), 1992, 1999, and 2011
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.
Jim Verburg, Untitled, 2012
Eamon Mac Mahon
Eamon Mac Mahon is a photographer/videographer currently based in Montreal. Mac Mahon's 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. Mac Mahon also spends much of his time creating video projections for stage productions. He has been named one of PDN's 30, published in three of Magenta's 'Flash Forward' books, and nominated for the Prix Pictet. He is represented by Bau-Xi Photo.
Jim Verburg is a citizen of Canada and the Netherlands, he was born in 1977 in Belleville Ontario, and currently divides his time between Montreal and Toronto. His artistic practice is mainly concerned with the complexities of relationships. Working with photography, video, text, installation, and print to explore his love of modernist aesthetics, emotional matters, and the interpersonal. 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. He’s held residencies at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in Montreal, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. In the spring of 2009 he had a solo exhibition/installation at Widmer and Theodoridis Contemporary in Zurich, and was featured by the gallery at the HOT ART Fair 2009 in Basel Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include 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 Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg, and the C magazine group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. Verburg’s solo show One and Two opened this fall at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal. The show was recently awarded the 2011 Dazibao prize.
Circuit Gallery gratefully acknowledges Bau-Xi Photo, and the support of our partners: