On the evening of May 1, Harbourfront Centre launches
four new exhibitions -- Roundabout in York Quay Gallery; Ho Tam: Passages &
The Company of Men in The Photo Passage; Relax... This is Not a Test in the
Uncommon Objects vitrines; and Whereabouts in Case Studies.
Seven photographers participated in the curatorial process of Roundabout by choosing an artist to be exhibited next to them in York Quay Gallery. The selection was initiated by curator Patrick Macaulay who chose David Hylnsky who then chose Justin Wonnacott who then chose Lorraine Gilbert who then chose Susan McEachern who then chose Robert Bean who then chose Vid Ingelvics who chose Alex Homanchuck. Through this process, artists from Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax became participants in this circular Roundabout, never knowing where it would end.
Toronto artist Ho Tam's two series in The Photo Passage, Passages and The Company of Men, represent men with dignity and purpose, while also functioning as a meditation on society‚s institutionalization of human beings. Passages consists of still images of women and children filmed in the New York subway. Using the subway as a metaphor, the work explores everyday living, connecting and caring experiences as well as the passage one travels through in the turbulent world. The Company of Men presents stills taken from filming business men travelling through the underground passages of Tokyo.
Whereabouts circumnavigates the world through the lenses of Canadian photographers Ken Straiton, Elaine Ling, Pamela Harris, Mary-Theresa Lawlor, Ruth Kaplan, Ethan Eisenberg, Tony Makepeace and Steve Payne. Each Case Studies vitrine contains an image as well as documentation of the photographer‚s journey to that image. Whereabouts is curated by Patrick Macaulay.
Relax... This is Not a Test in the Uncommon Objects cases is an exhibition of the work of twenty high school students from five schools across Metro Toronto. The Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre and The Toronto District School Board of Education organized a seven-day program for students to experience hands on craft techniques, design theory and develop an understanding of contemporary craft and craftspeople. Students created work in glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.