CONTRAST AND SIMILARITY
Showing: June 21 to July 5, 2010
Opening reception: Tuesday, June 22, from 7:00 to 10:00pm
Art Square Gallery
334 Dundas St W, Toronto
Contrast and Similarity is a comparison between the diagonal images of Toronto's skyscrapers and the dynamic abstracts of the Precambrian rock formations. Bright colours, smooth surfaces, straight and sharp lines and geometrical shapes in the first and more subdued natural colours and rough surfaces and edges in the latter have resulted in a collection of bold, colourful, delicate and powerful images.
Diagonals is a study of the Toronto's architecture that started with some casual snap-shots. Soon I discovered interesting lines, geometrical shapes, patterns, textures and reflections. I also noticed that the images became stronger when they were photographed diagonally. However, I felt that something more personal was needed, so I started to change the colours with editing software. I am intrigued by contrast and bright colours and by applying them to the images I rendered them complete.
Precambrians is a photographic continuation of Diagonals. The rocks were in liquid state approximately four billion years ago and when they cooled down, layers of different shades of pink and grey formed. With the construction and widening of Highway 69, around Parry Sound, the rocks were cut open revealing dynamic abstract formations. Here again, strong lines, patterns, textures and various shapes formed by nature and the work of humans inspired me.
DISPLAY and OPENING RECEPTION
This first exhibition was a learning experience.
For the support that I received, a big THANK YOU goes to my wife, family, friends, those who bought my photographs, those who left comments on my guest book and all those who came to see the show. A special THANK YOU to my niece, Amanda, who was the official photographer for the night.
Here are some snap-shots of the photographs' display and the opening reception:
© 2014 Gaetano Antonini