“More Real Than Reality” – May 1-31

From May 1-31 visit Campbell House to see our exhibition “More Real Than Reality”: The Art of Canadian Composite Photography, 1870-1930, curated by Kaitlin Normandin, Shelsie Tunks, and Danielle Varadi-Starer for the Photographic Historical Society of Canada.

“More Real Than Reality” features never-before-exhibited composite photographs and artifacts from the Photographic Historical Society of Canada’s collections, spanning the rise of the technique in the 1870s to its decline by 1930. Through guided and independent exploration, visitors will experience the work of Canadian artists (such as William Notman, James Inglis, and Hannah Maynard) who were integral to the foundation of this process, and varied images of high society, politicians, sports teams, the academic elite, and landscapes.

The exhibition was listed as one of the Top 10 Exhibits at CONTACT Photography Festival by and is a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography event in the world!

Join us on Wednesday, May 27 from 6 – 9 pm for a closing reception, with remarks by the curators, the PHSC, and a special guest speaker!

Photo: James Notman, Group of Five Men and a Dog Playing Cards, 1882. From the collection of Robert Wilson, Photographic Historical Society of Canada.

Harley Valentine returns to Campbell House

New sculptural Portal works by Harley Valentine

Go behind the scenes of the installation here: INSTALLATION DAY

Opening reception: Saturday, May 9th, from 1:00 to 4:00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 1 to June 20, 2015
By Francisco Alvarez

Harley Valentine’s striking new sculpture Always Forever, the latest in his series of Portals sculptures, rises in front of the Campbell House Museum like an apparition from another age.

On the face of it, the futuristic origami-like sculpture functions as a doorway between the bustle of 21st-century Queen Street West, Toronto’s locus of all things cool, and the stately Georgian architecture of the City’s oldest surviving building from the olde Town of York, built in 1822 (also considered quite cool in its day). But the title of this installation, Always Forever Now, suggests a grander idea – that the sculpture as installed here exists within a grander continuity of time, from the past, through the present and into the unknowable future.

No traditional rectangular doorway, Always Forever, for all its beautiful straight lines, facets and angles, also suggests a writhing form, caught frozen in the middle of its ages-long shapeshifting exertions. Valentine cleverly amplifies the portal’s movement potential in mesmerizing performances of contemporary dance, music and photography. The dancer sinuously crosses back and forth through the twisting red threshold, becoming a tender image of humanity, with all its complexity, emotion and temporality, framed within the permanence of classical architecture, the logic of science and engineering, and the irrational impulses of great art.

Francisco Alvarez is the principal of Mr. Pink Art Consultants, Executive Director of Heritage Toronto, and a former professional dancer.



Always Forever by Harley Valentine