Our Doors are Open

Chris Blanchenot's Holly and Jack is part of the Group II Exhibition in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Exhibition at Gallery 1313, part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival for 2014

Chris Blanchenot’s Holly and Jack is part of the Group II Exhibition in DNA


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The final weekend of DNA, the Gallery 44 Members Show in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, coincides with Toronto’s Doors Open, a weekend dedicated to opening up the architecture and history of Toronto. The Group II Exhibition is located in historic Gallery 1313. See some wonderful photography and learn about the origins of this building.

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DNA – The Gallery 44 Members Group II Exhibition Continues to Sunday

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La Escalera - Nelly Akerman Singer - in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members Exhibition in Scotiabank Contact Photography Month 2014

La Escalera – Nelly Akerman Singer

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The Spanish scientist, Ramon y Cajal, wrote about how a scientist should choose a wife:

Do not choose a rich woman she will wasteyour productive nights
in the theater.
Do not choose an artist she has a “masculine mind”.
Choose a homemaker she will take care of the “small task” of
raising your children so you can devote your time to research.

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In La Escalera, her work in DNA, Nelly Akerman Singer places paired photographs of famous women between the rungs of a ladder and asks: Would any of these Women qualify for Ramon y Cajal’s
Ideal Wife……

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DNA – 15 Artists Address Identity Until May 25th

DNA, the Gallery 44 Members Exhibition at Gallery 1313 continues until Sunday, May 25th. Two of the photographic artists in the exhibition address current identity by looking at the past, combining digital and chemical methods in the process.

From Family Album by Sandy Middleton, part of Group 2's Exhibition in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Show in Scotiabank Contact Photography Month

From Family Album by Sandy Middleton

Sandy Middleton’s Family Album is a personal journey in art making with a visit to the past through old family photos and memorabilia. She was inspired by a rich family history; one that will soon die out, and she wanted to remember that history by reimagining these images.

Her large 15×30 pieces are comprised from vintage family photographs combined with contemporary landscapes from her own work. The prints were made digitally, direct to plywood and are then painted with encaustic medium. Encaustic painting in the oldest and most archival form of painting that uses beeswax and resin crystals to harden the wax. It is painted on in a molten state and dries quickly.

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk "Selfie" in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Show at Gallery 1313, part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Month

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk “Selfie”

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk continues, in DNA, to explore her varied auto/biographies, trying on
personae and discarding selves in the on-going process of individuation. In her new
work for DNA, she has returned to the self-portrait work she began as a teenager and
that has been a touchstone throughout her career, an exploration she finds more difficult to take as she grows older. This series was taken on her iphone 4 to explore the idea of ‘selfie’, the ubiquitous
self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera
phone held at arm’s length or in a mirror.
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Gallery 1313 is open Sundays, but closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are 1 pm to 6 pm, and Gallery 1313 is located at 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto.

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DNA – Artist Talk Saturday May 17th at 2 pm

Timothy Neesam's Buddhist Monks, Bhutan is part of the Group 2 Exhibition in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members exhibition in Scotiabank Contact Photography Month

Timothy Neesam’s Buddhist Monks, Bhutan

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Timothy Neesam will be leading a talk by the artists participating in the Group 2 exhibition of DNA.
Join us at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto for a stimulating and entertaining discussion of the work in the exhibition.

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DNA – The Opening for the Group 2 Exhibition is Thursday Evening!

Linda-Briskin's Dance of Three Movements is part of DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Exhibition in Scotiabank Contact Photography 2014

Linda-Briskin’s Dance of Three Movements is part of DNA

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Group 2 of this Gallery 44 Members exhibition begins this Wednesday, with the Opening Reception on Thursday evening, May 15th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West in Parkdale.

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Showing their work are the following artists:

Saman Deilamani's SOMA 25 is in the Group II Exhibition in DNA, THE GALLERY 44 MEMBERS' EXHIBITION AT GALLERY 1313, PART OF THE SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL FOR 2014

Saman Deilamani’s SOMA 25 is in the Group II Exhibition in DNA


Sandy Middleton
Chris Blanchenot
Saman Deilamani
Keith Davidson
Dennis Duncan
Robert Teteruck
Paula Grgurich Shewchuk
Jack Martin
Linda Briskin
Timothy Neesam
Christine Peterson
Arthur Poirier
Nelly Akerman Singer
Peggy Taylor Reid
Kye Marshall

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Last Day for Group I, Group 2 Exhibition Starts Wednesday

Sarah Tothill's “D1 - Royal Alexandra Theatre” is in the Group I exhibition in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Exhibition at Gallery 1313, part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival for 2014

Sarah Tothill’s “D1 – Royal Alexandra Theatre” is in the Group I exhibition in DNA

Sunday, May 11th, is the last chance to see the Group 1 Exhibition at Gallery 1313. The Group 2 Exhibition starts on Wednesday, May 14th, with the Opening on the evening of Thursday, May 15th.

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DNA – The Show Continues; Artist Talk on Saturday, May 3

Christine Marshall-Smith's The Levant is part of DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Exhibition at Gallery 1313 during Scotiabank Contact Photography 2014

Christine Marshall-Smith’s The Levant is part of DNA

After a successful opening, the Group 1 Exhibition runs to Sunday, May 11. To learn more about the artists involved and their visions, join us at the Artist Talk Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West in Toronto’s Parkdale district.

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