Contact 2012: Electric Landscapes at Norman Felix Gallery

The beginning of May is always an exciting time in the city, as tulips bloom and sunshine lures people out from winter hibernation.  It is the perfect time for the annual CONTACT Photography Festival, an event which transforms the city into one large art exhibit with over a thousand artists showing in numerous venues.

Norman Felix Gallery is proud to be participating in Contact 2012 with our Electric Landscapes exhibit, which runs from May 1st to 31st. The show features an array of photographers who have drawn from diverse sources of inspiration to create a fascinating intellectual and visual “landscape”.

David Nardi, White Birch Trees, Giclée on Canvas

David Nardi photographs luscious landscapes and slivers of nature that we see every day, using light and camera techniques to produce vibrant images that are as close to reality as possible, without making any digital modifications.

Matthew Marigold, The First Flower After the Flood, Mixed media photography with resin

Matthew Marigold brings his ethereal, gothic floral photography to life with the incorporation of actual dried flowers in his resin-coated pieces. Large, shining, and decadently framed, his photographic pieces could also be considered sculptures.

Sarah Tacoma, The Guardian, Pigment print & resin on panel

Sarah Tacoma takes you into a dream world with her muted landscape photography. Her remote and otherworldly wilderness shots are mounted upon rustic birchwood panel, and coated in resin. She was the featured artist in our 2011 Contact show Fragile Ground, which you can read more about here.

Joel Black-Beatty, Pride Church, Giclée on canvas

Using skillful digital manipulation, Joel Black-Beatty transforms familiar Toronto cityscapes into vibrantly psychedelic amalgamations which create a surreal and mind-bending experience for viewers.

Jeff Turner, Marrakech Door, Photography

Jeff Turner travels the world seeking out uniquely beautiful perspectives on landscapes and architecture. He captures each shot in such a way that its shapes, textures, patterns, and colours work together in delicately balanced harmony. The results are powerful enough to make the scents, emotions, and excitement conveyed by his work almost physically palpable.

Pete Kasprzak, Behind the Scenes, Photography and oil paint on canvas

Pete Kasprzak photographs the fast city nightlife, painting upon his canvas-printed photographs to enhance the movement and electricity of the moment. His latest “blackout” pieces feature layered flat and reflective vinyl cut-outs of famous San Francisco street corners.

Soumen Karmakar, Reflection Over Alaska, Giclée print on archival paper

Soumen Karmakar captures remote and panoramic landscapes, gravitating towards waterscapes, glaciers, and deserts as his preferred subject matter. His skillful use of lighting dramatically accentuates textures and shapes within each piece, which are further enhanced by his delicate use of muted colouring.

Isaiah Trickey, Divine Captivation, Photography

Isaiah Trickey’s work embodies the innocence, freedom, and nostalgia of childhood past. Trickey’s younger siblings star in these photographs, which experiment with silhouettes, backlighting, and simplified colour schemes.

Andre Fortier, Alterna-Pop, Vector print

Andre Fortier transforms his photographs digitally to create colourful and playful images.

Richard Bornemann, Slice Stair, Giclée digital

Richard Bornemann is an expert of powerful simplicity, creating geometric and fascinatingly mysterious dreamscapes. His work exemplifies a unique intersection between the futuristic digital world and convincing realism.

Roger Guetta, La Grande Dame, Framed in lisco cut film holder

Roger Guetta uses an Iphone to capture his images, which possess a distinctly avant-garde feel and have strong elements of surrealism.  His recent work is framed within old film casings.

Michael Auger, Lucidity, Photography

Michael Auger‘s photographs of the landscapes which surround him feature gorgeously bright colours and careful composition, lending an aspect of fairy-tale magic to his work.

Girl + the Machine, Hong Tu Building, Polaroid Digital Print

Girl + the Machine takes digital Polaroid photographs and creates compositions that transport you back in time with the use of muted colours and rough textures.

Thursday May 3rd is the opening night for Electric Landscapes at Norman Felix Gallery. The reception will run from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, and features three floors of artwork. Artists will be in attendance for this event, and we encourage you to stop by to enjoy the evening! You can RSVP here.
This eclectic exhibit pulls together photographers from all walks of life, and is sure to delight the imagination and ignite inspiration in all who attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!