Thomas Hlavacek | Framed
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
984 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Wed. – Sat. 12 – 6 pm, Sun. 12 – 5 pm
April 25 – May 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday April 26, 7 – 10 pm
About the exhibition:
We live in a world where we are never quite at home. Our attempts to control and domesticate are continually thwarted by forces that refuse to be harnessed or subdued. Our cherished views and preconceived notions are always under siege. And things are not what they seem.
The work of Thomas Hlavacek explores the liminal region that lies between perception and "fact". Everyday objects can appear distorted, familiar spaces hostile or ephemeral. Meaning becomes complex, fluid, unpredictable. But there is beauty, alien.
Framed features Hlavacek's recent photographs and videos, depicting structures that populate the urban landscape but mostly receive so little attention as to remain virtually unseen. By isolating these architectural fragments from a recognizable context, the viewer is invited to confront them in their own reality – and their own unique strangeness.
Please join the artist at 7 pm on Thursday, April 26 for an opening reception. Framed is open for viewing during regular gallery hours until Sunday, May 6. Selected works from the show may be viewed at www.propellerctr.com.
About the artist:
Thomas Hlavacek is a Czech-born, Toronto-based artist whose practice includes photography and video. He studied at New England School of Photography (Boston, MA), Algonquin College (Ottawa, ON) and Toronto School of Art. He is currently a member of Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. He can be contacted at email@example.com.