November 23 - December 5, 2010
Opening Reception: Wednesday November 24, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
1389 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Circuit 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, Watch from the series Gravity Wins, 2009
Bill Finger, Clouds 1 from the series Gravity Wins, 2006
Bill Finger, After Psycho from the series Gravity Wins, 2006
Bill Finger: Distant Smoke runs November 23 through December 5 at the Department Gallery Mainspace, with an opening reception on Wednesday November 24, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
See more photographs and editions available by Bill Finger.
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 Museum of Photography. Bill's images have been published in the books Light & Lens and Exploring Color as well as the European magazine Fotograf.