Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
form follows (dis)function, Software, 2016. Archival pigment print, 30 x 30.
form follows (dis)function, Software
form follows (dis)function, Raspberry Passion Fruit Tea, 2016. Archival pigment print, 30x30 .
form follows (dis)function, Raspberry Passion Fruit Tea
forms follows (dis)function, Ink Cartridge, 2016. Archival pigment print, 30x30 .
forms follows (dis)function, Ink Cartridge
2017 Featured Exhibition

Peggy Taylor Reid
form follows (dis)function

May 3–June 4, 2017
Lonsdale Gallery
410 Spadina Rd

Peggy Taylor Reid’s lens-based practice is concerned with recording everyday objects. A fascination for the human obsession toward organizing and cataloguing underscores her work, yielding photographs that address the index and typological systems. form follows (dis)function refers to the modernist principle “form follows function,” and emerges from Taylor Reid’s concern with present-day food and waste economies, referring to an industry of recycling born from a culture of convenience and obsolescence.

While collapsing boxes for trash and recycling, Taylor Reid became interested in their physical forms and ingenuity of construction. After they are deconstructed, the containers reveal their formalist-like structures, while stains and torn edges provide traces of their original function. Social and political implications of waste, overabundance, expediency, and a culture of disposable products are all reflected in these objects. By integrating elements of humour and irony, the work goes beyond the purely formal. Taylor Reid’s phenomenological exploration exposes images that are poetic in their awareness of the hidden complexity of items and elements in the world.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.