This exhibition celebrates the work of three gifted photographers and displays diverse pursuits of leisure.
Jaret Belliveau, born Moncton, New Brunswick, 1981; BFA, NSCAD, 2006. Belliveau's previous series have explored the internal workings of his own family's struggle with cancer – "Familial Endurance"; and "Expect Delays", which documents a cross-country journey with his brother David, in the wake of their mother's death. Here we exhibit a selection from "Dirt Squad" which, taken over a period of three years, documents one teenage group's use of their free time. This project serves as a microcosm of youth, emphasizing the personal conflict of the self within the group and society. "Dirt Squad" questions whether modern community structures and family dynamics are strong enough to support and nurture the 21st Century teen.
Marco Bohr, born Wiesbaden, Germany, 1978; BA, Ryerson University, 2003; MA, Royal College of Art, 2007. Much of Bohr's practice is concerned with the contemplation of the landscape. By incorporating the role of a Flaneur he pays attention to the individual's engagement of seeing rather than in what they are seeing. Often photographing the destinations of ancient pilgrimages, his photographs present the grandeur of these locations that are set amidst the periphery of the urban and natural landscape. Where Bohr's subjects are engaged in a quest for spectacle, but appear to be longing for somewhere else. Bohr, an accomplished portraitist, is also building an international archive of individual icons that serve to depict modern living.
Scott Conarroe, born Edmonton, 1974; BFA Emily Carr Institute, 2001; MFA, NSCAD, 2005. Conarroe has lived on and photographed Canada's east and west coasts, in a village midway between, and in the country's southernmost region. Although each series of Conarroe's work has had its own set of issues and conceptual parameters, they have all revolved around an interest in photography's ability to balance two ephemeral phenomena: time and light. His work enjoys the pallet and pace of dusk, where exposures can last for several minutes as the sky's colour shifts - when electric lamps and twilight commingle as complements and competitors. His photographs are a representation of space and collectively they form treatises on civic design, the seasons and Canadian living.