PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is very pleased to announce the next iteration in our off-site and sporadic series of projects and exhibits structured loosely under the designation, f_l_o_a_t_i_n_g, in honour of our antecedent, The Floating Gallery (1981 - 2003). WORKING TITLE is curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden, organized by platform and co-presented by The New Icelandic Heritage Museum in conjunction with The Gimli Film Festival 2011.
WORKING TITLE will include photographs that exhibit cinematic qualities, or offer visuals closely linked to film by three photo-based artists from Winnipeg. Stemming from diverse approaches to their subjects and subject matter, Karen Asher, Sarah Crawley, and Lisa Stinner-Kun, are among a group of artists whose photographs share a similar aesthetic based on the understanding that their work, individually and collectively, is heavily influenced by cinematic language. As a group, the images presented offer a cast of characters (Asher), a setting or location (Stinner-Kun), as well as the impression of an event or plot (Crawley). Bringing in award-winning film maker, Danishka Esterhazy, to offer excerpts from her film scripts to dialogue with the still photographs in a manner informed by narration, but not overly determined, linear, or even in response to the actual photographs, is meant to reinforce the idea of film in these works as well as to further ground the project in the surrounding context of the Gimli Film Festival. The title, WORKING TITLE, references the creative processes involved in making movies, as well as much artistic output (such as visual and literary arts), but also points to an insider's perspective often driving festival-type initiatives.
WORKING TITLE will be on view from Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 of July @ New Icelandic Heritage Museum in The Waterfront Centre: 94 - 1st Avenue (Gimli, Manitoba). Gallery hours are 10 AM - 4 PM, daily.About the Artists:
Karen Asher is a lens-based artist living and working in Winnipeg. She received her BFA Thesis in Photography from the University of Manitoba in 2009. Asher is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and is featured in the Magenta Foundation Book, Flash Forward 2010 - Emerging Photographers from Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. She had her first solo show exhibition last year at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts and was written up in several publications including The National Post, Canadian Art, BlackFlash, and Border Crossings Magazine. Ashe Recently exhibited work at Toronto's Contact Photography Festival and is currently preparing for the 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival in Beijing and her upcoming solo show at Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary. www.karenasher.ca
Sarah Crawley is a visual artist who has exhibited across Canada in solo and group exhibitions as well as internationally. By using multiple processes, she creates images that reveal the photographic technologies she employs in her work. Sarah’s art practice explores aspects of memory, identity, and communication. She is interested in how memory has an impact on identity and the non-verbal ways that identity is communicated. As an active member of the visual art community in Winnipeg Sarah enjoys sharing her passion for photography. She has worked as an arts administrator and teacher, has volunteered on several boards, and is currently involved in a community art project through Winnipeg Arts Council’s With Art program.
Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography, Lisa Stinner-Kun's work has also been featured in several exhibitions, locally, nationally and internationally among them solo exhibition at Winnipeg's PLATFORM Centre (2007), and Gallery 803 (2008). She has received numerous grants and scholarships, and most recently was awarded a Visual Arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been written about in Border Crossings Magazine, the exhibition monograph vague terrain published by platform, the Winnipeg Free Press, and Warehouse, a journal of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. Stinner’s photographs have also been highlighted in several juried publications including Carte Blanche (2006) and Flash Forward (2006, 2007). Stinner obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba where she has been teaching photography as a sessional instructor. www.lisastinnerkun.com
Winnipeg-based filmmaker Danishka Estherhazy is a graduate of the Director's Lab program at the Canadian Film Centre. She has written and directed several short films including the National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner The Snow Queen. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Kodak New Vision award and she has recently been shortlisted for the John Hirsch Award for most Promising Manitoba Writer. Black Field, her first feature film, premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and will play in theatres across Canada this June. www.DanishkaEsterhazy.com