Remnants and Confessions, William Mokrynski & Julia Martin at the Lonsdale Gallery Toronto

Remnants & Confessions

September 5 - October 14, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday. September 8, 2 - 5pm

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Lonsdale Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Julia Martin and William Mokrynski.


Faceless portraits of anonymous subjects created from found negatives and curt ironic text-based works that mimic contemporary memes, question physical and digital legacy we leave behind.

Julia Martin's series "You Are Talking To Yourself" build narratives from fragments of images and text that are infused with a dark sense of humour. Her text-based work uses visual dissonance between text and imagery to tease out the multiple layers of meaning behind the words. Martin satirizes the format of the meme. Layering bold typeface over images to create, what the artists refers to as, 'anti-inspiration posters' that draw the viewer in with dark and caustic statements that stand in contrast the photograph's subject matter. 

William Mokrynski's "Cousins & Neighbours" and "WE" series both use found archives of studio negatives from the late 1950s. The artist masks the surface of the photographic paper in the darkroom, obscuring and at times almost completely erasing the faces of the subjects. Mokrynski is interested in the seemingly obsolete photographic negatives. The identities of the sitters has been lost. His photographs depict a visually striking and almost haunting cast of characters plucked from the pages of fiction. 

Together these two artists paint an unsettling picture of contemporary culture in an increasingly technocratic world.

Tacita Dean, Landscape - Royal Academy

The work speaks for itself. Interesting and beautiful. All chalk on slate. 

Exhibition runs until Aug 12


All too Human - Tate Britain

This exhibition of "painting life" from the past century was nourishment for my love of painting. A few snaps to share.

Daido Moriyama, Scene - Hamiltons Gallery, London

Moriyama goes Warhol. Silkscreen prints of Moriyama's work from the 60s and 70s on large canvas'.

Exhibition runs until Aug 17

Instagram is where the action is

Things have been quiet here at the Journal over recent weeks. It's not because there hasn't been anything happening... it's because I succumbed to Instagram. Admittedly, I had been avoiding it. I was already participating in several other social media channels, and Instagram just seemed to me to be a paired down Facebook with gimmicky filter for phone cameras. After having more than a couple of people ask me if I was on Instagram last year, and hearing stories of how good it has been for some artists, I decided to take the plunge. I now realize how wrong I was about it. How very wrong. The gimmicky photo filters are actually not the reason people use it, and it is not anything like Facebook – a completely different experience. A completely different channel.

Unlike this blog, where I have no idea if anyone is actually looking at it, there is almost instantaneous feedback when one posts something to the Instagram feed. Things are getting out there, whereas things may be festering here. Needless to say I've been sold, and have been enjoying it so far. My energies have been focused on it recently, but I will still be adding material here. Again, this place, my blog, is a very different social media channel.

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