Opening night for our 44N 79W CONTACT Photography show was wonderful. We packed the Communication Art Gallery and had a lovely evening capped with dinner and drinks at our local favorite, the Boulevard Café.
Earlier in the week, we enjoyed good media coverage for the show, starting off with mention in a Canadian Art article on the CONTACT festival:
… there is a show called “44° N 79° W” at the Communication Art Gallery at 209 Harbord Street. For anyone who commutes west along Harbord, the gallery is well known for an ample window space that opens up its shows to be seen by traffic stopped by a red light at Bathurst. The title represents rounded-off latitude and longitude coordinates for the city of Toronto, and the images are likewise focused on documentary landscape. For photographers Natasha Milijasevic,
Mario Voltolina and Patty Zuver, home is where the heart is, and while Milijasevic and Zuver are represented by lyrical, soft-focus images, Voltolina delivers a gem of nighttime residential Toronto in the clutches of winter. His Untitled (2012) is an image where the streets are justly abandoned. A snowy intersection is lit by a harsh overhead streetlamp and there seems to be a correspondence between the crispness of the light and what must have been the below-zero temperatures that froze the outlines of a few car tracks on the road. It is a photo of Toronto at its worst, but also at its most intimate. Silence reigns, activity has retreated to the inner-lit upstairs rooms visible in the modest houses. For months of the year, this is the city at night.
The next day, we were noted in a Toronto Life article: “Contact Photography Festival Guide: 10 must-see exhibits at the world’s largest photography festival”:
44° N 79° W
Natasha Milijasevic, Mario Voltolina, and Patty Zuver
Communication Art Gallery, 209 Harbord Street
From landscapes to documentary photos to abstract images, the trio’s art reflects a profound attention to detail stemming more from loving curiosity than an impulse to record or document. Their work has been aptly characterized as “visual love poems to Toronto.”
And ended the week noted in NOW magazine’s “Must see CONTACT shows”: