Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Sarah Anne Johnson, Joshua Tree, 2017. Chromogenic print, 30 x 20.
Sarah Anne Johnson, Joshua Tree, 2017. Chromogenic print, 30 x 20".
Sarah Anne Johnson, Sunset #2 (Bedazzled), 2018. Pigment print with paint, holographic tape, and adhesive, 34 x 49.
Sarah Anne Johnson, Sunset #2 (Bedazzled), 2018. Pigment print with paint, holographic tape, and adhesive, 34 x 49".
Sarah Anne Johnson, Triangle, 2017. Pigment print with acrylic paint, 30 x 40.
Sarah Anne Johnson, Triangle, 2017. Pigment print with acrylic paint, 30 x 40".
Featured Exhibition

Sarah Anne Johnson
This Land

May 4–June 15
Reception: May 4, 2–5pm

Stephen Bulger Gallery
1356 Dundas St W


Hours: Tue–Sat 11am–6pm

This exhibition includes work from Sarah Anne Johnson’s two most recent series, which continue to chronicle her fascination regarding human impact and interaction with the environment. Johnson makes traditional colour landscape photographs that depict sublime natural beauty. In Rosy-Fingered Dawn she uses a broad combination of materials, including craft supplies such as plastic flowers and cotton balls, to mock traditional ideas of high art, and to magnify dark truths about our relationship with the environment. These interventions gently push the viewer to question our complicated connection to nature and photography. Instead of harmoniously fusing the real and ideal, Johnson plays with parallel lives by forcing together contradictions—high and low, sincerity and mockery, delight and suspicion. The emotional push and pull implicates the viewer, in contrast to the distance of cool criticality. Her more recent untitled work is situated in forests, depicting humans in light dappled with colours, similar to that of a church interior illuminated through stained-glass windows. These spaces are bereft of the anxiety that permeates the vast landscapes of Rosy-Fingered Dawn, offering a place of quiet refuge.

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.