Artist Talk (Tomorrow) and a Dancing Landscape for the Digital Age

No CommentsPosted November 14, 2017 by Emily McInnes

ARTIST TALK TOMORROW: In Conversation with Kristin Sjaarda and the ROM

Kristin Sjaarda

Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15pm to 1:00pm

FCP Gallery
100 King Street West / Bank of Montreal Tower
Toronto, ON (east corridor: past Starbucks, next to the Toronto Board of Trade).

FREE! But, please register for the event.

Please join Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda in conversation with Mark Peck, the Orinthologist from the Natural History Department at the Royal Ontario Museum. Kristin is a rising star in the world of contemporary, fine art photography in Canada. Her botanical photographs are stunning – with distinct references to the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century – yet the work is deeply rooted in contemporary life. Kristin will discuss the critical role of nature, in the context of her work; the flowers she grows in her backyard garden here in Toronto, and the birds which she borrows from a rescue and research program at the ROM, in partnership with FLAP.


There are only 10 days left to see my pop-up at the BMO Tower!

The show has been a massive success and I’d love for you to see it. It will be open every day (including this weekend) until closing on November 24th.

WEEKDAY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm (and by special appointment)
WEEKEND HOURS: Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 4pm


Lori Hepner “Paddle #0079, Yukon River, Canada”, 2017
from the series Excursionary Auras, in Situ
16×20″ | $850 | Framed
20×24″ | $1475 | Framed
30×40″ | $3250 | Framed

Lori Hepner “Walk #6671, Kemijärvi, Finland”, 2017
from the series Excursionary Auras, in Situ
16×20″ | $850 | Framed
20×24″ | $1475 | Framed
30×40″ | $3250 | Framed

What is it exactly, that is so beguiling about these photographs. They are waves, almost fleshy in their curvature and dance-like in structure, but what are they? The answer is multi-faceted, and a journey into the intersection of dance, photography, technology and art. A space that Pittsburgh artist Lori Hepner has occupied throughout her practice.

Lori created “Paddle #0079, Yukon River” during a 21-day canoe trip into remote Northern Canada as part of a residency she participated in, in July of 2016, with 11 other artists. The series that resulted, is one-part performance art, and one-part traditional landscape – transformed for the digital age: The original photograph was taken inside the ruin of a log cabin in the gold rush region of Yukon Territory. The image is dark, because the only light coming in was through a hole in the roof that had caved in. To create this work, Lori places a digital negative of the image onto an SD card, which she transfers into a 6-foot-tall LED light stick. She opens her camera shutter, hits play, and begins her dance. As she moves, her camera captures the scrolling arc of light emanating from the LEDs, and records both movement and light into the still photograph we see above. Probably the best way to understand this process, is by watching her video.

p.s. we hung the photo horizontally above, but you can hang them any way you wish! See below.



A special thank you to Toronto Life Magazine, and to Tim Shore at Blog TO for their coverage “Photography Now”, an EYE BUY ART Pop-Up at First Canadian Place!


Thank you for being here, and being part of the journey!

Emily McInnes

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