Verant Richards Award Recipient 2014

Scarborough Bluffs #5, silver gelatine print, 2015, 48"x16"

Verant Richards Award Exhibition installation view, photo by Morris Lum

Verant Richards Award Exhibition installation view, photo by Morris Lum

Verant Richards Award Exhibition installation view, photo by Morris Lum

Verant Richards Award Exhibition installation view, photo by Morris Lum

Verant Richards Award Recipient 2014

Friday, June 5, 2015 to Saturday, July 4, 2015
Opening Reception
June 5,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

The Scarborough Bluffs are a cherished landmark of Toronto that are deteriorating at an accelerating speed. The natural erosion process has been sped up due to a boom in housing units built around the cliff that began in the 70s. Each day a considerable amount of rock is worn off and crashes into Lake Ontario, slowly causing people to displace from their homes. Recently, the city has attempted to curtail this rapid erosion, implementing a variety of techniques. In this series, the photographs of this sublime landmass are captured, deconstructed and eroded in an analogue process, only to be reconstructed. The resulting effect is one that mirrors both the deterioration and the beauty of the Scarborough Bluffs.

The Verant Richards Scholarship is awarded annually to an OCADU graduating student for excellence in experimental photography. Verant Richards was a graduate of OCADU and a founding member of Gallery 44 known for his innovative artistic practice that pushed beyond the confines of a self-limiting definition of photography. This award honours his legacy through supporting an emerging artist with a cash award along with a one-year membership, vitrines exhibition and a $500 production credit at Gallery 44, in the hopes of providing the means to make new work along with an introduction to an active artistic community.

 

Artist Biography: 
Daniel Aaron Scinocca is a practicing photographer based in Toronto. A recent graduate from the photography program of Ontario College of Art and Design, Scinocca has been working in and out of the darkroom since 2004. His practice is devoted to alternative processes in film photography, implementing a variety of experimental techniques in his work. Currently his art practice employs a personal process that utilizes certain elements of the “solarization” printing technique.