The Lounge: Contact 2010

by Heather on May 3, 2010

Drained doesn’t begin to describe how I feel after the end of Day One of Portfolio Reviews at Contact. Nevermind, the festival is already underway so let’s just quickly suggest some things you won’t want to miss (other than my party of course).

To start, I’m spending all day today at the Gladstone which means I’m been surrounded by Ryerson’s year-end show Maximum Exposure. Faves include Andrew B Myers (for my post on him go here) and Matthew Tammaro but Mark Peckmezian’s work is shockingly good. Here are some (kinda shitty iPhone) snaps from his show:

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I have it on good authority and it’s really no surprise that Kenneth Montague and his Wedge Curatorial Projects has done it again with a fantastic show at Gallery 44. This year, instead of showing historic and overlooked work, Kenneth Montague brings us a show called: Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography from the Wedge Collection. About the show, Canadian Art says:

Curated by Kenneth Montague of Wedge Curatorial Projects, the show includes Zwelethu Mthethwa’s images of residents in post-apartheid South Africa, Mohammed Bourouissa’s staged tableaux and Antony Kaminju’s refashioned logos.

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CAPIC’s addition to the Festival is a talk by Chris Buck at the Gladstone Hotel:

In partnership with The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, CAPIC Toronto Toronto is proud to be hosting ‘Buck Shot” an engaging evening with superstar photographer Chris Buck at the Gladstone Hotel on Tuesday May 4th at 7:30.

Chris is a Canadian-born photographer most known for his distinctive portrait style. He has spent the last 20 years capturing some of the most enticing portraits of our time.

Rob Haggart, former client and author of the popular blog A Photo Editor described working with Chris: “the best part is always when you get the box of contacts after a shoot because it feels like Christmas morning when you open it”

That’s funny because I got a package of department store cookies from Chris last Christmas. It didn’t feel like Christmas morning when I opened that up but it was still a lovely thing to have couriered to my house.

Tickets are available for purchase online by going here.

Event date: Tuesday May 4th, doors open at 7:00pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street W
Tickets: CAPIC Member: $20, Student CAPIC member: $20,
Non CAPIC member: $40

As you all likely know, Chris is a fantastic shooter and super funny guy too- this will be fun and it’s tomorrow so get those tickets ASAP.

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Lastly I’m super pleased to be participating in a panel discussion as part of Hermann & Audrey’s communal art project. From the Contact guide:

A night of creation and exploration, festival-goers and the community are invited to participate in the production of a large-scale communal art project. Directed by the Hermann & Audrey artists participants will be given the tools to collaborate and contribute to the making of an innovative art piece. Back inside, an expert panel of photographers, art directors and brand strategists discuss today’s photographic landscape focusing on when does art end and commercial begin.

We haven’t talked much about the art and commerce mash up situation lately so I’m excited to see where the discussion goes with other experts weighing in.

Come and participate at The Bait Shop on May 13th, 7pm, 358 Dufferin St, Ste 117. For more info, the event listing can be found here.

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Ok, for the next couple of weeks my posting is going to be super sporadic, especially since next week’s HMAb is coming to you Live! from my party and then I head down to NYPH. So, if you’re in Toronto, get out to see some Contact shows and feel free to drop me a line if you see anything fantastic.

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Dan Ehrenworth May 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

So glad to see Matt Tammaro’s work mentioned. The guy is amazing and his work is ridiculously powerful!

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