Adam Rankin is a photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Alberta. His art projects are simultaneously playful and foreboding, combining the worlds of advertising and art history in an attempt to figure out just where, in pop-culture, he fits in. His commercial clients include Timberland, VISA, Adidas, and The Heart & Stroke Foundation and in 2010 PhotoLife Magazine featured his work among the "top 5 trend setters of the year".
The Moving series is a set of portraits taken in the weeks leading up to the sale of our family home. In each portrait, the subject floats above and through a shared memory, heading towards something new and undocumented, collectively redefining what the idea of home and family is becoming. Moving was shot in Edmonton, Alberta in the summer of 2005. The 5th member of our family, the red canoe, has been around as long as I have. Oddly enough, it has never seen the water and was sold shortly after this series was taken, along with the family home.
Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta, Canada
Flash Forward Group Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston MA.
SNAP! Auction, National Ballet School, Toronto ON.
Flash Forward Group Exhibition, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto ON.
Becka, the Milk's Gone Cold, Foyer Gallery, Edmonton AB (Solo).
Guilt by Association, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton AB (Group).
Keep the Wound Green, Edmonton Works Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton AB (Two-person show).
Push and Pull, FAB Gallery, Edmonton AB (Group).
Sight Unseen, Remedy Bar, Edmonton AB (Two-person show).
"Spotlight On 5 Trend Setters", PhotoLife Magazine, September 2010.
10+ Adam Rankin, Interview with Heather Morton, Blog.
Winner: Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Competition
Applied Arts Photo Annual: Portrait Photography