Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

When lens and brush meet: The Painted Photograph and The Street at CMCP

Ottawa, Ontario - May 4, 2006

Two new exhibitions open tomorrow at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) and will be on view until 19 November 2006.

The Painted Photograph presents the works of David Bierk, Sarah Nind and Jaclyn Shoub, which combine photography and painting. Through their use of these different media, these Canadian artists express contemporary concerns about identity and community, nature and culture, and tradition and technology.

Bierk, Nind and Shoub’s combination of photography and painting creates a multi-level expression in which each medium gains meaning through the other. The resulting work is neither a photograph nor painting, but both. As the two media retain their distinctiveness within the work, they communicate ideas to the viewer in a multiple, and somewhat ambiguous, fashion.

"What I find especially interesting in these works is that the combination of painting and photography challenges common expectations that photography is objective and truthful, while painting is subjective and creative," explains exhibition curator Andrea Kunard.

Sarah Nind and Jaclyn Shoub will discuss their work at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography at a "Meet the Artists" afternoon on 6 May 2006, at 2:00 p.m. (no extra charge).

A favourite subject amongst photographers since its early beginnings, The Street highlights the work of six artists who focus on the shifting boundaries between public places and private spaces. This selection of photographs from the CMCP's collection features artists Robert Frank, Tom Gibson, Dave Heath, Michael Schreier, Robert Walker and Justin Wonnacott.

"If, since its beginnings, the street as public space has been a favourite subject for photography, the omnipresent mass media and the images they relay to us force us to rethink the boundaries between the private sphere and the public domain," explains exhibition curator Pierre Dessureault. "Those boundaries, far from being closed off as they used to be, are ever more undefined and shifting, just like our communities and the human relationships woven into them."

The exhibitions The Painted Photograph and The Street are organized by the CMCP.

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