Toronto-based emerging artist Anthony Koutras explores the distinctions between fact and fiction by manipulating photography’s ability to represent reality. He widens the parameters of the medium by constructing simulated images and mimicking everyday objects in their typical settings.
Koutras’ latest public intervention along Queen Street West features life-size images of Toronto bicycle lock posts that are lengthened and skewed from one to the next. His images, installed on the sidewalk in front of 10 consecutive posts, mimic the movements of shadows cast throughout the day that indicate increments of time through the changing position of the sun. They allude to a sundial, the oldest known device for the measurement of time, which in today's complex digital world has become a timepiece redolent of another era. Koutras’ sequential presentation of these works literally reconstructs the passage of time during a forgotten day in recent history, as the sun creates an obelisk out of these upright posts. The presence of these hyper-realistic photographs – hybrids of shadow and image – arrest the typically frenetic movements on the street. Stimulating perceptions of history and time, Koutras offers a photographic portrayal of the fleeting moments that pass unnoticed.
Anthony Koutras, born in Ottawa, Ontario, is a graduate from The Ontario College of Art & Design and is an active participant within the Toronto artistic community.