Invited curator Alissa Firth-Eagland was offered “carte grise” to select an exhibition responding to the theme of Figure and Ground. Firth-Eagland studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design (2003, Hon.) and École du Magasin in Grenoble, France (2010).
An ecology of symbols arises in the photographs of Julie Forgues. Dirt, detritus, used-up nature, piles of anything and everything, trees whose shapes are worn by the wind, tracks of heavy trucks, gravel, stones. Her photos capture pure blight, the grey areas of life between city and country. Heather Keung’s self-portraits show the artist in moments of deep concentration. Her inner focus distorts her outer expression into a fierce ‘game face.’ In both sets of photos, there is a silent respect paid, whether to the artist’s powerful, yet unwieldy body or to the naked terrain of suburban landscape. These are documents of neither/nor.