Lunar Spots, 2012 (& here is an install shot of Lunar Spots)
My solo show Vanishing Into Thin Hair opens at Harbourfront Centre tomorrow, from 6-10pm. If you are in Toronto, would be lovely to see you there! More info below.
Harbourfront Centre, Photography Gallery
Saturday September 21, 2013 to Sunday December 29, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, September 20, 6-10pm
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
Photography can often be illusion aspiring to the level of the mythical. Alex Kisilevich attempts to dissemble those notions, not by belittling the illusory, but by using the falseness of the studio to play on the tropes of studio photography. Kisilevich’s photographs divulge the constituent parts and backdrops of the photograph. The image consists of both the illusion and also the construction of the trickery. Much like a magician who shows how the trick is done while showing us the trick, Kisilevich let’s the cat out of the bag or – to stay metaphorically consistent – the rabbit out of the hat. That sounds risky for an artist, but Kisilevich is a consummate creator and showing the secret is not all he has up his sleeve. The imagery grows more expansive and evocative with the inclusion of the composites. He is safe in showing us the tricks, because that’s the fun bit. Not to hide behind the illusion, but to unveil the whole reason we love magic and these photographs are magic.