CHRIS SHEPHERD 'CONSTRUCT' OPENING SOON IN TORONTO
Left: After Sunset Lake Huron; Right: Four After Sunset Lake Huron Prints Rolled and Standing
CONSTRUCT | October 15 - 29, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday October 15th, 2-4 pm, artist in attendance
Construct is a series of interventions on physical photographic prints by Toronto artist Chris Shepherd. Largely influenced by abstract expressionist painters and sculptors from the 1960s onward, Shepherd plays with his fascination for geometry, colour, and the reduction of subjects and surfaces to their essential forms. Through shredding, cutting, tearing, folding, crumpling and other processes, Shepherd re-configures his existing images into sculptural objects. These new sculptures are then re-photographed, resulting in an image that prompts viewers to re-evaluate the conventional language of photography. Views of sky, urban greenery, and industrial parking lots infuse Shepherd's experiments in medium with a distinct quality of the everyday. Memory, nostalgia, documentation and other established tropes of photography become secondary to form and object, activating dialogue about the very definition of the medium itself.