Opening Reception: April Hickox: Plein Air


Toronto Island resident and OCAD U Associate Professor April Hickox exhibits photographs from her Plein Air series at the Centre Island Pier.

 
DateThursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:00pm

Website

http://aprilhickox.com/portraits/plein_air.php

Location

Centre Island Pier, Toronto Islands

This public artwork replaces Park Workers, installed at the Centre Island pier in 2013 after a city workers labour disruption.  "In this earlier body of work, I wanted to draw attention to the people in the environment who make positive change, improving life for everyone by nurturing the very limited green spaces in our city," said Associate Professor April Hickox of Park Workers. 

Plein Air is the next phase of this ongoing photographic project, using images of people who visit the park as respite from the city of steel and glass. "At a time when many people sit in front of a computer for entertainment, I am interested in the people who come to the Island to be in a natural environment.  Some come for an hour to photograph the skyline, while others return on a regular basis."

Today, the Toronto Islands include a car-free alternative community of 750 residents amidst the largest green space in the city, located less than one mile from downtown Toronto. Like most urban parks, the parkland on the Islands was constructed as a stylized wilderness environment for public use. These images explore notions of the wild and our human interaction with a idealized wilderness.  As the city grows, and the potential of green space shrinks, the Islands and the people who care about the land become even more important.

These portraits have been taken over many years in all seasons. On view in time for Canada Day, installed at the Centre Island Pier, and the exhibition will be launched with a celebratory communal picnic on Thursday July 5th from 4 PM to 7 PM.  All are welcome to attend!

Hickox is a lens-based artist, educator and independent curator ... and a life-long Islander. 

DateThursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:00pm

Website

http://aprilhickox.com/portraits/plein_air.php

Location

Centre Island Pier, Toronto Islands

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Invitation to Plein Air by April Hickox
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:00pm

This public artwork replaces Park Workers, installed at the Centre Island pier in 2013 after a city workers labour disruption.  "In this earlier body of work, I wanted to draw attention to the people in the environment who make positive change, improving life for everyone by nurturing the very limited green spaces in our city," said Associate Professor April Hickox of Park Workers. 

Plein Air is the next phase of this ongoing photographic project, using images of people who visit the park as respite from the city of steel and glass. "At a time when many people sit in front of a computer for entertainment, I am interested in the people who come to the Island to be in a natural environment.  Some come for an hour to photograph the skyline, while others return on a regular basis."

Today, the Toronto Islands include a car-free alternative community of 750 residents amidst the largest green space in the city, located less than one mile from downtown Toronto. Like most urban parks, the parkland on the Islands was constructed as a stylized wilderness environment for public use. These images explore notions of the wild and our human interaction with a idealized wilderness.  As the city grows, and the potential of green space shrinks, the Islands and the people who care about the land become even more important.

These portraits have been taken over many years in all seasons. On view in time for Canada Day, installed at the Centre Island Pier, and the exhibition will be launched with a celebratory communal picnic on Thursday July 5th from 4 PM to 7 PM.  All are welcome to attend!

Hickox is a lens-based artist, educator and independent curator ... and a life-long Islander. 

Venue & Address: 
Centre Island Pier, Toronto Islands
Website: 
http://aprilhickox.com/portraits/plein_air.php
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