The Make Station

Margarida Correia, Daphne de Jong from the series Things, 51 x 71 cm chromogenic print, 2006

Kim Waldron, two-frame video still from Chronology, from the installation The Dad Tapes/The Mom Photographs, 52 minute video, 2007

The Make Station, Installation view at Gallery 44

The Make Station, Installation view at Gallery 44

The Make Station, Installation view at Gallery 44

The Make Station

Friday, June 5, 2009 to Saturday, July 4, 2009
Opening Reception:
June 5,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Artists in this exhibition use the tropes of family photography to explore the ways we contextualize vernacular imagery in contemporary visual culture. 

Kim Waldron’s The Dad Tapes / The Mom Photographs is a photography and video installation. Chronology is a projection that tracks a 30-year history of simultaneous recordings: the artist’s father videotaping and her mother photographing her family. Sunsets is an installation that marks another instance of her mother and father's shared interest: the setting sun viewed from their cottage. Her parents' need to document, rather than simply experience her family and surroundings, while driven by a want to express love, actually stifled that expression with all the trappings of preparation that go into recording. Yet still, these images allow us to remember. 

Kegan McFadden’s installation titled unclaimed archive consists of 126 small instamatic photographs he found abandoned in a Winnipeg Photo-Mat. Most are dated to the 1970s and prior. The images from this ‘archive’ are as iconic as any family album: prom nights, marriages, first cars, and holiday celebrations. By assembling this collection, the artist pays homage to lost moments – all the moments which people felt the need to capture, yet did not claim once they were developed. 

Margarida Correia studies two individuals in depth by photographing the interior spaces where they live. She focuses on the symbolic objects that present clues about the lives of the families that treasure them. Her images go beyond documentary photography, using aspects of traditional genres such as portraiture and still life. 

Erika DeFreitas’ work will be featured in the Gallery 44 Vitrines. Her large colour photographs show a collaboration between the artist and her mother. Her mother created a large crocheted ‘cosy’, into which the artist was sewn. DeFreitas documents her performance while encapsulated by her mother’s crochet work.

Artist Biography: 

Margarida Correia was born in Lisbon, Portugal and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, NY. Her recent solo shows are: Things, A.I.R. Gallery and Gallery 111 (Lisbon);Saudade: Gallery Monumental, Lisbon (2006); Real Art Ways, Harford. She is currently working on a Public Art Project with Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.

 

Kegan McFadden is a cultural worker whose diverse practice comprises of curating, publishing, writing, and the use of found material in various ways to invoke questions of sentimentality and politics. McFadden’s recent projects have been exhibited at Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg), Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers (Winnipeg), Storage (Vancouver). His project unclaimed archive will be included in found, a three-person show at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in October 2009.

Kim Waldron was born in Montreal, Quebec and graduated from NSCAD University in 2003. Her art practice, focused almost exclusively on photographic self-portraiture, combines real subjects with fictional situations in order to question contemporary social dynamics. She has exhibited at Khyber Centre for the Arts, Art Gallery of Windsor, La Centrale and Eastern Edge Gallery. She recently returned from a three-month residency in Vienna offered by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. In 2009 she has a residency at The English Harbour Arts Centre and will exhibit photographs at Occurrence and Vu.