Left to right: S. Billie Mandle, "Our Lady of Angels," 2008; Wayne Dunkley, "TransForm8," 2011; Robert Canali, "Untitled 2 (in Dust)," 2009
September 15 - October 22, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday September 15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada
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Circuit 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.
Left: Robert Canali, "Untitled 7 (In Dust)," 2009; right: Robert Canali, "Untitled 3 (In Dust)," 2009
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.
Left: Robert Canali, "Untitled 1 (In Dust)," 2009; right: Robert Canali, "Untitled 6 (In Dust)," 2009
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.
Left: S. Billie Mandle, "Saint Christopher," 2008; right: S. Billie Mandle, "Saint Peter," 2008
S. Billie Mandle, "Saint Elizabeth," 2009
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.
Wayne Dunkley, "TransForm5," 2011
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.
Wayne Dunkley, "TransForm13," 2011
Robert Canali is an artist living and working in Toronto. His photographs and installation work has been exhibited at O'Born Contemporary, the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto, Phantom Space Projects, Gales Gallery (York University), Labspace Studio, Deleon White Gallery, and Gallery TPW. In addition to having his work in numerous private collections in Canada and the US, Canali publishes limited edition artist books and exhibition catalogues under his co-run publishing house, Wassenaar. He has been the recipient of a Regional Arts Award from the Brampton Council of Fine Arts, the Photography Honorarium Award from York University, and his work has been featured on the cover of the Canadian magazine BlackFlash. He is represented by O'Born Contemporary (Toronto).
Wayne Dunkley is a photographer and new media artist working in photo imaging, writing, and internet-based projects. His practice is focused on facilitating spaces (real, imagined and virtual) to nurture wonder and excite personal transformations. Dunkley believes his contemplative photographic "spaces" connect with the viewer's interior worlds and cause us to reflect on our own lives and the world we live in. Wayne is a guest lecturer with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and is currently designing a new media experience for the National Film Board of Canada. Wayne graduated in photography from Ryerson University, Toronto and received a Masters of Theology from Wycliffe College, The Toronto Schools of Theology, University of Toronto. Wayne lives in Toronto.
S. Billie Mandle photographs the intersection of people, their environments and beliefs – focusing on the spaces where life and ideologies coalesce. She received her BA in Biology and English from Williams College and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was a 2010 NYFA Fellow in photography and a finalist at the Hyères Photography Festival. She teaches at Mass Art in Boston and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Circuit Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of Edward Epstein and Gallery 345.