Artists: Lynne Cohen, Daivd Miller and Richard Holden
Date: October 16 to November 13, 1982
This exhibition of photographs included three of Canada's best known photographers, Lynne Cohen, David Miller and Richard Holden. Each artist shared a concern for formal depiction of the subject. Each dealt with man made structures, but each treated those structures in a different way.
Lynne Cohen dealt with business interiors; she photographed them with direct frontality. Her work was not however about the geometry of the image, thought she fully understood and made use of this geometry. Instead her work was about the ironies of those interiors, of their hair dryers and plastic palm trees, of their machines juxtaposed with mural roses, of their realities and their artifice. These tableaus with their quiet humor, were about our pretentions and aspirations.
David Miller's work from the series Port of Montreal, dealt with the architecture of the harbour. The photographs were 8'' by 10'' contact prints and made the grain elevators and ship loading facilities into gothic monuments of industry and commerce. The photographs, taken between 1976 and 1979 were a document of a threatened part of Montreal, and at the same time the were a body of abstractly beautiful images.
Richard Holden's panoramic photographs, printed in color, juxtaposed elements of the city, everyday streetcorner objects, in such a way as to create both visual and intellectual ambiguities of form and place.
The exhibition came from the collection of the National Film Board.