In conjunction with the Louisville Photo Biennial, Mellwood Art Center is proud to present
The listings have been finalized, contracts signed, and events organized. Just like the sudden coming of the cold weather,
the Canadian Invasion is upon us.
Pete Townshend and Towser, 1971 © Barrie Wentzell
Barrie Wentzell shot for Melody Maker from 1965 until 1975,
one of the most important decades in the history of popular music, photographing many unknown musicians
who would later become legends and household names.
Celebrated artists, such as Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, along with rock and roll icons such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Jimmy Hendrix , Eric Clapton and countless more
all have their place in Barrie Wentzell’s vast archive.
Barrie continues to contribute his work to exhibitions, museums,
private collections and books.
"Finding inspiration in the unexpected and unearthing creativity within our everyday. You see an image, a structure, texture, in your surroundings, Polaroid instant film becomes the agent of abstraction. The act of seeing and composing is filtered through an analog medium that distills an image and reshapes the natural world. The TZ-Artistic film is an unpredictable variable resulting in unique photographs that seem to stop time, and evoke an expressive feeling not found in traditional print photography."
The Pigment Gallery
Russell Monk has been photographing for over 30 years. Originally from London, he now lives and Mexico and Toronto. His work has been featured in Communication Arts and Italian Zoom and he has had one man shows in Toronto, New York and Mexico and is in
the permanent collection of the Museum of Civil Rights.
Both his personal and editorial ('assignment') work have been published worldwide and won numerous awards.
He is currently working on a series of photographs in Mexico.
Monk's portraits have an immovable stillness that becomes monumental.
His subjects are massively planted in their allotted space and time.
For better or worse,
they know who they are,
and are not likely to change.
They show roots deep enough to have sucked up all the forces that made them. Sometimes it seems they may never move again - nor do we really want them to. There is so much of their world for us to see in them and only the frozen moment of photography will give us any chance of taking it all in.
The Bridge Gallery
"Heavy Metal is a print series I have been working on for a few years now. My subjects are commercial metal waste; through the solarization process in a wet darkroom with heavy handed manipulation and magic,
I have found a hidden world.
This series is a limited edition of three prints
as the beginning to end print process is
complicated, fun and sometimes not repeatable.
Remember when you were a child, you closed your eyelids and looked toward the sun? All those funny shapes and details floating across your eyelids, that's what I see when I make these abstractions from plain metal."
Hallway Gallery B
Weathered Wood, 2010
Robert Sprachman is a Toronto based sculptor and photographer, whose work can be seen at various locations in Toronto, the USA and abroad. Graduating from the University of Manitoba and
The Ontario College of Art & Design,
Sprachman has established an international reputation for
creating works of art that speak about the
relationship between mankind and nature.
His public sculpture draws its inspiration from site with the goal of creating a sense of place and meaning within the urban fabric while his photography concentrates on exploring and re-interpreting our view of the natural world.
Robert Sprachman is represented by The Lonsdale Gallery.
"This is a voyage of a traditional photographer into a realm
that had no boundaries.
I let my spirit drift into the world that was being unveiled to me;
soon reality faded from my thoughts everything seemed surreal at times, nothing seemed too belong here.
Influences, there were a few:
colour abstract paintings, outer space then inner space
but mostly the creativity of nature with all its powers.
Most of the works display some of these elements and sometimes enhanced by light and composition.
Some brought revelations; others raised many questions."
The Invasion takes shape
There are over a dozen Canadian photographic artists who will be showing their work as part of the 2011 Photo Biennial in local galleries in Louisville, KY this October.
The Mellwood Arts Center will be featuring Barrie Wentzel, Russell Monk, Charlotte Forbes, and Toronto Outdoor Art Best Photographer 2011, Maureen O'Connor.
The Kaviar Forge Gallery will be showing Ryan Pyle's work. Gallery Janjobe will be featuring Laura Paterson Carnie.
More exhibitions are being added weekly.
So how can you get involved?
There is room for Canadian photographers to feature their work at the Canadian Group Show taking place at the Kentucky Convention Center during the Photo Biennial.
Take this opportunity to have your work seen by galleries and buyers in the US market. Camera Clubs, School programs, and photo collectives can purchase flats as groups and display multiple artists.
Photographer's works will be displayed on free standing panels. Each panel is 3'6" x 8"8" These are being booked now, limited space is available. For more info, visit Elevator Exhibitions or email us.
Join the invasion. Meet us at this amazing event in Louisville.