June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015. Sunday, Father’s Day. This post is really yesterday and today. Saturday I walked and today I took the bike out with a definite destination in mind. There were other things to see as well. The first two images were taken in the Junction on Saturday. The whole area was getting ready for the Summer Solstice Festival so the curb lanes where cars are usually parked had been blocked off in preparation for the street closing.

The first image is the base of a city road sign and the asphalt. I liked that the rest of the metal frame Is echoed in the a shadow across the base. To me this portrays the power of light and ability to bend in such a way. Colour yellow is nice as well.IMG_5117This metal billboard skeleton was my first destination. Since the picture a few posts ago of the AGO interior I’ve been thinking about this billboard scaffolding structure and others like it. How it could be another potential painting subject. It was little difficult shoot on such a steep upward glancing angle, I had to crop the original image rather drastically, but this frame works for me for a template for painting.IMG_5119I’ve taken pictures of this place over the years. It’s never had anything in it that I remember, but it’s been freshly renovated to sell or lease. That renovation includes a circular window in this the West facing wall. It’s on the north side of Dupont just east of Spadina. Very close to the Magic Oven cardboard pizza place and the liquor store. In the desolation that is the back parking lot there’s a large city recycling bin and beside there is the largest collection of liquor store paper bags you’ve ever seen.

That said the side window is rather special. It’s slightly tacky with the stucco wall. For some reason I detest stucco wall treatments. Maybe because I can picture the Styrofoam underneath and the technique feels so superficial and so pedestrian and suburb like. The glass faces another building which might actually be the pizza place-associated apartments. The whole time I was shooting I was waiting for some resident to tell me to fuck off from one of the shitty windows that some cheap bastard used to replace the originals.IMG_5162Inside the same, vacant, newly renovated, weirdly attractive building that somebody will rent for some weird store. This is taken through the circular window pictured above.IMG_5164This was my original destination on the Sunday. I had planned to take a picture of an exterior wall that had a nice square chunk jack hammered out of it and backed with plywood however there was a car parked in front of it and when I framed the spot I thought I had liked it didn’t work well enough to press the shutter. I could however see indie through the super-dirty windows and I liked the nice linear layout of the raw framing and the way the light played inside. This reminds me very much of one of the first photographs I took through glass. That image was of a a building on the Dundas West/Roncessvalle transition curve that was a Bank of Montreal then was converted into the existing Starbuck store. I particularly like how the electrical hangs at a nice angle from the top left of the frame and the play of cinder block grey against the wood framing browns.IMG_5170Another shot of that building that’s being renovated on Avenue Road, just North of Dupont. The Skylight here brings a nice glow to the setting.

The windows really were really remarkably dirty. I always get a kick how easy it is to clean them up and make the images relatively crisp by simply playing with the levels and curves in Photoshop. IMG_5181Just south of the interior shots on Avenue road is Del Luca Fine Art pictured below. The gallery appears to have moved, or is in the process of moving. TBCIMG_5182 IMG_5190

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Illusions

With Illusions I’ve just been thinking about photographs as objects rather than as tools to record or remember.

Here I’ve taken a picture of the sky and printed it. I was going to fold it into a paper airplane, but that’s actually more complicated than it seems. The image of the clouds is only on one side of the paper, the other side is blank white. When I fold an airplane shape I end up with sky image and plain white images mixed together and I really want the entire paper airplane to be made up of cloud image. Until I figure the two sided thing out, I’ve simply placed the original photograph on the table and let the natural roll of the paper take over.

The cool thing for me here is that the photograph changes from an image into a shape or a sculpture. I’m fascinated by this. I’m also fascinated by what is in essence a three dimensional thing posing as a two dimensional image. The photographs below could simply be  two-dimensional shape, rather than a three dimensional curved piece of paper.

After uploading this today I continued to think about it and came up with the following complicated scenario that I’d like to try involving projection as an extension of the illusion.

For Projection I would shoot a photograph of something. It could be the sky image again. Whatever it is I’ll print it, then take photographs of the photographs on a black background.

Separately I plan to fold architectural shapes out of paper. These will be simple and relatively complex shapes but each will have a it’s perimeter delineated by a simple shape. My first thought is that these shapes would be varying quadrilaterals. Maybe other shapes are possible but that will take quite a bit of experimentation.

I then have to obtain a projector I can use to experiment and for the exhibition.

I’ll take the new digital files that are images of the physical photographs and from the computer I’ll project them onto the architectural paper forms. The light from the projector will be adjustable to just cover the architectural paper shape. I’ll be projecting images on to the blank “screen” of the paper shapes. Ultimately I see these small paper sculptural screens being put under glass on a plinth and the projector mounted in the ceiling. I could even further work the piece so that the position of the projector allows the path of the image from the projector to be disturbed by the viewers point of reference.

I think these projected objects can become film, sculpture, photography and illusion.

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