Union Gallery

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Topographies
Eva Kolcze, Andreas Rutkauskas, Clare Samuel, C. Wells
June 18 - September 23, 2011
Artist Talk with Clare Samuel and Eva Kolcze followed by a Reception:
September 23, 6:30-9p

Photograph og Topographies Installation

Topographies is an exhibition of photo-based and video works by four artists, C. Wells, Clare Samuel, Andreas Rutkauskas and Eva Kolcze, and is curated by gallery Director Jocelyn Purdie. The works in the exhibition explore the interplay of memory, place and space – the virtual, the real and the imagined- and investigate these ideas through mark making, mapping, tracking and performative gestures.

C. Wells uses the highway line-marker to investigate the phenomenological aspect of its materiality both as pure transportation code, and in its more poetic form as a metaphor that underscores the lore of the road, and the selective longing for places of meaning. Wells is a Hamilton artist who has exhibited across Canada. Selected group and solo shows include the Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, The New Gallery, Calgary, the Edmonton Art Gallery, and Museum London, Ontario.

Eva Kolcze’s video, 775 King St. West, draws attention to a recently demolished one hundred year old building located at 775 King St. West in Toronto, which now exists only as an outline on its neighbouring brick structure. Tracing the now invisible perimeter of the building accompanied by an audio component, the artist recreates its history. Kolcze is a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in several group shows and screenings in Toronto and Italy.

Photograph of Topographies Exhibition


Andreas Rutkauskas uses visual imaging technologies to explore their impact on our experience of the world and the way new technologies mediate our experience of place. Accessing virtual trips online, examining topographic maps and GPS tracks, the artist captured custom-made views of the Rocky Mountains from google Earth and then recorded re-enactments of the treks at the sites. Rutkauskas is a Montreal-based artist who has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba.

Clare Samuel’s work utilizes portraiture in her photographs that explore the theme of borders; between people, places or states of being, and the role of representation in these constructions. In the project, All the World, she called upon several members of her community to create the series of photographs that will be included in this exhibition. Samuel is a Montreal-based artist who has participated in exhibitions and artist residencies in Europe and North America. Her work had been published in several magazines including Next Level and the winter 2010 issue of Prefix Photo.