Perception and recollection are at times in harmony with each other, and at other times in conflict. In Raw Memory members of Toronto’s Gallery 44 will exhibit works that examine the tension between perceiving and recalling the world outside, and the world within. This will be done in two consecutive shows that open on Wednesday, April 27th and run until Sunday, May 22nd. Join them, as emerging and established photographers use traditional and new media to explore how both the eye and the mind edit the world.
Since the inception of the medium, photography’s task of recording history has offered artists and viewers a means to assist and reinforce memory. Where once storytelling or writing letters was utilized to document and explore the human experience, today an image captured on a cell phone and uploaded instantly informs us. This is a transitional period of photography. Millions of digital images that are recorded and shared daily are creating a sort of memory database while traditional processes, regarded by some as truest to the medium, are perceived as providing a more robust documentation of experience.
Real memory recalls experience; digital memory perceives and records. In the space between lies raw memory -the Raw Memory that Gallery 44 members consider in this exhibition.
Gallery 44 members have been active participants in CONTACT since its inception. A changing collective of Gallery 44 members has presented shows, primarily at Gallery 1313, since 1998. Located at 1313 Queen Street West and open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, Gallery 1313 provides a superb setting in which to present diverse works. The Gallery Director, Phil Anderson, can be reached at 416-536-6778 (gallery). A map with directions to Gallery 1313 can be accessed at http://www.g1313.org.
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th and at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th for opening receptions for both group shows. Raw Memory is open for viewing during regular gallery hours until Sunday, May 22nd.