Doorways  2017 

May 1-14, 2017
Black Cat Artspace
CONTACT Photography Festival - Feature
2186 Dundas Street West • Toronto, CA

In this interactive exhibition, book plates from the original printing of Doorways were disassembled and scattered behind a wall of doors. Viewers were invited to embark on their own journey as they reassembled the story, gathered clues, and solved puzzles. Using bookplates, mirrors, magnetic text, and previous generations of the book itself, the exhibition offered an explanation of the creative process behind Doorways by providing viewers with portals into the past.   

"Here you will find pieces of a book I've made: some are fixed, others may travel. Do as you like, it's your story now. 

Through stories we can visit the past. And there we may find everything as it was–or perhaps not. I can tell you about a place I once lived. I can describe it as though I were sitting there now. And yet, the orientation always changes: sometimes a door where a wall, a cabinet where a window. 

The mind is a masterful editor: it may cut, scramble or join memories to create a narrative. This is the story of who we are, and who we have been. Doorways open, and they close . . ."

The Pensive Spectator • 2013

May 2-31, 2013
Alliance Française Gallery
CONTACT Photography Festival - Feature
24 Spadina Road • Toronto, CA

This exhibition featured an installation of more than 1,000 photographs and two side-by-side 16mm looping projections created by Benjamin Freedman and I. 

"Evolving from a shared belief in the camera’s ability to heighten the experience of seeing into an engaged type of looking, the black-and-white images presented in The Pensive Spectator offer a diaristic account of the each artist's encounters in the world.
Viewers were invited to take photographs from the gallery wall as keepsakes. Inherently motionless, the prints became portable objects that could leave the gallery, while the films, always moving, remained anchored. The effect was a continual fluctuation of images, disappearing and reappearing throughout the length of the exhibition.
The Pensive Spectator was the result of an award program presented in partnership with Ryerson University, Alliance Française, and CONTACT Photography Festival. It was selected by jury and developed alongside the Festival’s artistic project manager, Sabrina Maltese."

The Living and The Dead • 2013

April 25 - 27, 2013
Ryerson University
122 Bond Street • Toronto, CA

Moved by the closing passage in James Joyce’s story ‘The Dead’ I created a series of three performances, roughly 30-40 minutes in length, for small groups of invited guests.

Upon entering the performance space, guests were asked to undertake a vow of silence and to part with all of their possessions, which were locked away in a cabinet until afterwards when they could be reclaimed. 

Only after these exchanges were made could they continue onwards. 

Apart from a few firm time constraints, guests could spend as much time in a room as they wished, although they could not return to it. 

Nor could they stray from the set order of the rooms.

Using the body’s perceptivity to quiet the mind and direct attention inwards, The Living and The Dead encouraged audience members to pause; be patient; and to observe themselves. 

It was also a bit of a playground, so to speak. 

The Living and The Dead featured lighting design by David Duclos, as well as contributions from Kevin Rees, Norma AraizaAdrian Cook and Sylvain Chaussée.