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"Reading the Face: Portraits by Brian Appel, Doug Guildford & Sadko
2000-06-03 until 2000-07-15
Typically, a portrait functions as a substitute for an actual person,
a triggering mechanism for memory gazing. The artists in this
exhibition, however, present multiple portraits of the same subject,
questioning the assumption that a portrait is a definitive or ideal
moment in time. Brian Appel is a New York based photographer
whose installation 5 x 70 examines professional actors
PERFORMING identities in publicity photos. Toronto artist Doug
Guildfords installation presents a selection of the daily self
- portraits he has been doing for the last 20 years. And Bosnian
native Sadko Hadzihasanovics self-portraits focus on the artists
identity and dislocation as an artist and as an emigré.
When confronted with a series of portraits, each viewer sees
them according to their personal history, values, beliefs, gender,
social and economic class. The face is a mirror: a landscape, a
vessel containing memory and desire.-
Brian Appel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his
BFA at the University of Manitoba and his MA in photography
from the University of Iowa. Appel lived in Toronto in the early
eighties where he worked as an artist and professional
photographer. He currently lives and works in New York.
Doug Guildford grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received
his BA from Dalhousie University and attended the Ontario
College of Art for two years. In 1999 he was the winner of Ernst
and Youngs Great Canadian Printmaking Competition.
Guildford’s most recent solo exhibition, Quicksand, took place
at the Japan Foundation this past winter. He currently lives and
works in Toronto.
Sadko Hadzihasanovic was born in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzagovina.
He received his BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo
and his MFA from the University of Belgrade. Since emigrating
to Canada he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, his
most recent solo exhibition being Portraitizm, this past winter at
Paul Petro Fine Arts. Hadzihasanovic lives and works in