It's Time

April 16, 2009 - June 27, 2009

The Gao Brothers + Osheen Harruthoonyan + Anne Arden McDonald + Elaine Stocki
Exhibition curated by Mia Nielsen; Public Installation curated by Catherine Dean

Photographs by their very nature alter our perception of time. Snatched from the narrative of our daily lives, the photographic moment allows a viewer to step outside themselves, pause and contemplate an image in their own time.

Elaine Stocki's portraits capture a fraction of a second from a sitting that stretched for hours. Brooklyn-based artist Anne Arden McDonald augments her photochemistry with household solutions such as bleach, aspirin and lemon juice to create contact prints that appear more painterly than photographic. Digital tools enable the Gao Brothers from China to seemingly stretch time in their monumental piece, "The Forever Unfinished Building", while Osheen Harruthoonyan’s installation turns the camera obscura inside out, bringing the camera to life in Drake’s front entrance. This sensation is continued on the front of the building with Curator Catherine Dean's "Everyday Nameless Spectacle", which takes the theme one step further with a dynamic slide projection of archival photographs, inspired by the iconic 1962 film La Jetée. This exhibition was made possible with the gracious collaboration of IFA Gallery, Shanghai; National Gallery of Canada; the Glenbow Museum and the National Archives of the United States.