Proof is Gallery 44’s annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography. Proof 18 showcases the work of Steven Beckly, Linda-Marlena BucholtzRoss, Jenna Edwards, Tad Hozumi, Mike Andrew McLean and Elise Windsor. Sincere thanks to Isabel Martinez for her timely essay on image-making and viewing in an age of image saturation within our virtual image culture.
The work in Proof is chosen on the basis of artistic merit and originality within the medium, rather than an overriding theme. However, in reviewing submissions from a spectrum of emerging Canadian artists working in different regions at the same time, it is interesting to note that themes do arise. Thus, year by year, Proof is consistently in a position to present the zeitgeist of contemporary Canadian photography.
Proof is often one of the first exhibitions in a professional context for an emerging artist as was the case for artists such as Karin Bubas, Janieta Eyre, Isabelle Hayeur, Germaine Koh, Nicholas Pye, Althea Thauberger, and Andrew Wright. Gallery 44 provides opportunities for emerging artists through this exhibition and also by engaging a new generation of artists in the gallery’s activities.
Steven Beckly is a photo-based artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in John B. Aird Gallery (Toronto, ON), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Photo Center NW (Seattle, WA), and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). His images have been featured in major international publications, including Photo Life (Canada), The Photo Review (USA), and Photo World (China). Recently, he was awarded the Director's Choice Award at the 2010 Center Awards.
Linda-Marlena BucholtzRoss is an artist/photographer currently portraying the impromptu theatrical stage-settings hidden within our perpetual urban construction sites. Born in British Columbia, she is now based in Montreal where she recently graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in photography. She has exhibited in the United States, Canada and France.
Jenna Edwards was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. She holds an MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her artwork has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Jenna presently lives and works in the Toronto area.
Tad Hozumi is an emerging new media artist based out of Toronto. He is currently working on a body of photo, installation, social intervention, and performance work that explores the history of struggle coded in to the subversive vocabulary of street style dances.
Originally from Lethbridge Alberta, Mike Andrew McLean lives and works in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His projects revolve around researching the historical and contemporary usages of photography. He holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MFA from the University of Victoria.
Elise Windsor is an emerging visual artist currently working in Toronto. She recently gradated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s BFA program focusing in photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Her work focuses on the use of illusions created by fantasy, mystery, and the duplication of reality.
Isabel M. Martínez holds a BFA from The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her work has been exhibited in Chile, England and Canada, and published in Magenta’s Flash Forward, FotoAmérica Bienal de Fotografía, Bank on Art, Frameworks,Ojo Zurdo, Chilenización de la Fotografía, and Wegway Magazine among others.