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Parfocal Lens: Fabricated Visons
November 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us on Friday November 16th at the SPAO Centre (77 Pamilla St.) at 7 pm for Fabricated Visions, the latest event in our Parfocal Lens series. This panel discussion, moderated by Jonathan Hobin (Creative Director at SPAO), will include renowned photographers and photo-based artists Dina Goldstein, Diana Thorneycroft and Whitney Lewis-Smith. They will present on art practices that use props, sets, and carefully constructed environments to reflect on our everyday world.
All three panelists create dreamlike tableaux in their photographs that comment on aspects of contemporary culture. In Thorneycroft’s “Group of Seven Awkward Moments,” she fabricated sets that contrast with iconic Group of Seven paintings in order to point out complex issues confronting Canadian society. Goldstein’s “Fallen Princesses” created tableaux featuring Disney heroines in realistic situations that underscore the negative consequences of the perpetuation of illusory goals.
Lewis-Smith’s still-lifes, on view in the exhibition Ontogeny at SPAO, explore the impact of consumerism on the environment. An experienced set designer, Jonathan Hobin will moderate a discussion which will undoubtedly give attendees insight into the construction of images.