August 23 @ 9:00 am - September 25 @ 5:00 pm
AOE GALLERY SEASON
“This photographic exhibition represents six years of work with more than 20 nude models in one abandoned paper mill.
The Howard Smith paper mill in Beauharnois, Québec, was built in 1912. In 1932, the Bank of Canada commissioned the mill to produce Canadian currency, which continued for roughly seven decades. When the currency was redesigned to be more difficult to copy, the mill was unable to meet the new requirements and lost the contract. With their main source of revenue gone, the mill closed in 2004. Under a new owner, the abandoned mill became a haven for paintball players and photographers. A fire of suspicious origin destroyed over half of the mill in 2012, while the remainder continued to deteriorate and be prey to vandals. At the time of this writing, the property is up for sale and the remaining structure planned to be demolished.
A human body is soft, warm, and fragile. An abandoned industrial site is hard, cold, and unforgiving. The figures in my photographs interact with the harsh surroundings in a variety of ways: sometimes succumbing to its power, sometimes actively engaging, and sometimes exploring playfully. The contrast between naked flesh and the dilapidated machinery allows me to explore themes of alienation, oppression and vulnerability on the one hand; freedom, resiliency and rebellion on the other.
My photographs attempt to symbolize the humanity that shines through a challenging world.”
Meet the artist:
Thursday, August 23, 2018
From 7 PM to 9 PM