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Loop: Peter Wilkins CONTACT Photography Festival 2011 Feature Exhibition

Date Apr 29, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011
Artist Peter Wilkins
Curated by Shauna McCabe

Exhibition Overview

Peter Wilkins’ recent series Loop is an examination of built environments and how “pattern languages” relate to urban planning and public space within Toronto. Working with photography and the moving image, Wilkins’ investigations of landscape and architecture accentuate optical structures, as figure and ground are transposed into geometric patterns through repetition and reflection. The images move between panorama and detail, figure and ground, material and immaterial.

Additional Information

By putting each photograph through a simple iterative process, multiple versions of the original are re-configured into a grid, and this abstraction compels the viewer to inspect each structure closely in an attempt to identify its context. Design elements and composition become a focal point, yet the documentary aspect remains visible — each building or skyline is recognizably taken on a certain day and at a certain time. Loop creates a dialogue across time and space through the interplay of architectural landscapes re-imagined into mesmerizing patterned forms.

Curated by Shauna McCabe and presented in conjunction with CONTACT Photography Festival
Peter Wilkins, <i>Downtown</i> (detail), digital print, 80 x 160 cm, 2011. Courtesy of the artist
Peter Wilkins, <i>Night</i> (detail), digital print, 80 x 160 cm, 2010. Courtesy of the artist
Peter Wilkins, <i>Downtown 2 </i> (detail), digital print, 80 x 160 cm, 2011. Courtesy of the artist
Peter Wilkins, <i>City Hall</i> (detail), digital print, 80 x 160 cm, 2011. Courtesy of the artist