Looking Forward, Looking Back

April Hickox, Object of Virtue, 25.5 x 30.5 cm chromogenic print, 2007

Marco Buonocore, Three cars, Fog, Vancouver, 38 x 38 cm gelatin silver print, 2008

Alex Kisilevich, Untitled from the series Talking to People is Easy, 71 x 71 cm and 71 x 35.5 cm, chromogenic print, 2008

Paul Till, Okay, 71 x 71 cm chromogenic print, 2000

Looking Forward, Looking Back, Installation view at Gallery 44

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Saturday, May 2, 2009 to Saturday, May 30, 2009
Opening Reception:
May 2,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

As an institution that prides itself on photograph production facilities, photo education, and exhibitions, Gallery 44s Still Revolution takes form by looking back and forward at the same time. Photography, as a medium in technological flux, has incited photographers to respond in myriad ways, and our anniversary exhibition highlights many of those developments.

Works in the exhibition utilize contemporary techniques, such as scanning objects in lieu of using a traditional camera, as in the work of April Hickox. Contemporary themes prevail in the dark and theatric tableaux of Dianne Davis and the constructed scenes of Alex Kisilevich. Chris Shepherd photographs vacant storefronts in the same way that Paul Till’s photographs capture nostalgia. Documentary practices are celebrated in Marco Buonocore’s gelatin silver prints and in Heidi Leverty’s magnified study of discarded paper, while Charlene Heath questions documentary practice in her photographs of webcam images. From ambrotype and tintype by Rob Norton, to cyanotypes printed on silk organza by Sally Ayre, traditional photographic methods are juxtaposed with contemporary chromogenic prints. This exhibition represents a range of Gallery 44s members’ works, and was juried by Sophie Hackett, Catherine Dean, and Peter Higdon.

The CONTACT theme states: “Still Revolution will look back to the revolutionary foundations of photography while looking forward to the innovations that are stimulating a transformation of the role and function of the medium. Suspending moments of time that are always in flux, this theme will reflect a complex history marked by pervasive change.” Gallery 44, too, has a complex history marked by change, and the exhibition will demonstrate the revolution that is specific to our community.

Artist Biography: 

Sally Ayre is a photo based installation artist and printmaker living in Toronto. An OCAD graduate Sally has exhibited her work in Canada since 1990.

Marco Buonocore is a Toronto-based, self-taught photographer who works within the black and white documentary tradition. Primarily focusing on Canadian streetscapes, he has worked in Vancouver, Toronto, rural Ontario and parts of Quebec. He is an active member at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and has been exhibiting his work for the past ten years.

Dianne Davis lives and works in Toronto. She currently studies photography part-time at the Ontario College of Art and Design. 

Charlene Heath is a photo-based artist living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries across Canada.

April Hickox is a founding member of Gallery 44, a photo based artist, teacher and independent curator who has been practicing for over twenty-five years. Often taking the form of a narrative, her photography, film and installation work is based on ideas of the passage from one experience to another in the life process encompassing history, memory, our sense of place, and communication or voice. Hickox’s work has been exhibited widely, and she is represented at the Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto.

Alex Kisilevich (BFA with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design and York University) is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Toronto. 

Heidi Leverty was born in Merano, Italy, and currently lives and works in Toronto. She graduated from the Poet Farrel in Toronto. 

Rob Norton is a Toronto-based artist/photographer whose personal creative work embraces several art disciplines, from film and video to collage and painting.

An emerging artist who has learned to love the city through wandering, much of what Chris Shepherd does is rooted in his fascination with change, a penchant for repetitive tasks, several art history courses he took twenty years ago, and a desire to strike the word "convenience" from the North American lexicon. 

Paul Till lives and works in Toronto. He maintains a varied photo based art practice and works as a freelance photographer.


Persilia Caton, Festival Coordinator at CONTACT Photography Festival, is an independent curator, writer, photographer and arts administrator. Caton holds a BFA from NSCAD University.