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Laura St. Pierre and Immony Men

Fri March 2 - Sat March 31, 2012
Opening reception: Friday March 2, 6-9pm | Remarks at 7:30 pm

Constructing Space is an exhibition at Gallery 44, which pairs the work of two artists whose approaches to contemporary photography reflect the growing interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art.

Immony Men's project Taking Care of Business is a photo-based performance/installation. Men's installation sees him set-up office in the gallery printing image sections on post-it notes and mounting them to the walls creating an encompassing life-size image. Visit the artist during his office hours, or set-up a lunch date with him.

Laura St. Pierre's Urban Vernacular series consists of large-scale photographs that document the sculptural installations she makes in the urban environment. Items that we normally discard after a few hours or days are resurrected in a new form—as trash architecture in trashed spaces. Look for St. Pierre's site-specific installation in the loading dock next to Gallery 44.


Vitrines Exhibition:


Maria Raponi
March 2 - March 31, 2012

Maria Raponi's project From Above displays a composite image of the ceilings of the three floors above Gallery 44. Multiple views are reduced to a singular perspective, condensing time and space the way a lens condenses light.




Immony Men is a recent graduate of the MFA Visual Arts program at University of Windsor. He has completed his BFA at Concordia, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies within Studio Arts. He is a Canadian visual artist currently based in Toronto. Men has exhibited in artist-run-centres across Canada, and has worked with Broken City Lab research group in Windsor. His focus is on installation and working between the lines of fact and fiction. Labor intensity is a strong element in his installation art practice. He is currently developing an artist apartment residency program titled Change in Plans.

Laura St. Pierre is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. Her installations, sculptures, public works and photography have been exhibited throughout Canada, garnering critical attention in national and international publications. St.Pierre earned undergraduate degrees at UBC and The U of A, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and scholarships as well as major arts grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council. She currently lives, works and teaches in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Maria Raponi is a Toronto-based artist who works across many platforms including film, photography, digital media, installation and sculpture. She is a graduate of the combined MFA program between the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, in addition to the BFA program at the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. Her works have been exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia, and she has worked on site-specific projects presented in Toronto, Montreal and Dortmund (Germany).


First Image: Immony Men, Taking Care of Business installation view at Grunt Gallery, 2011

Second image: Laura St. Pierre, 07.31, Urban Vernacular Series, 2010


For more information please contact:
Alice Dixon, Exhibition Coordinator
Gallery 44
(416) 979-3941

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

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Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing artform. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44's mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.





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