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Join us to celebrate the opening of:

The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Films

Spring Hurlbut: Airborne

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof: The Relics of Lumen

Ways of Seeing: Building the RIC Collection



The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) celebrates contemporary female artists with three exhibitions featuring work by Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Spring Hurlbut and Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof. Using a variety of media, including photography, video installation and experimental film, these artists explore universal themes, such as portraiture, mortality and the displacement of people. The exhibitions are on view from January 20 to April 10, 2016, with the opening party on January 20 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Films brings renewed attention to the art and influence of pioneering American photographer and educator Wendy Snyder MacNeil (b. 1943), whose archive is preserved at the RIC. MacNeil’s austere, compelling images contributed significantly to the North American photography scene during the 1970s and 1980s. Restlessly experimental, she strives to portray complex identity and forge a more direct engagement between subject and viewer by pushing the formal boundaries of portraiture. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, as well as the world premiere of Jeremy Leach and Wendy Snyder MacNeil’s film When the Ice Goes Out (2015), among other events.

Acclaimed Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut’s video Airborne (2008) is a silent reflection on mortality and the physical presence of death, and offers a mesmerizing immersion in a poignant ritual. The piece documents the release of cremated remains entrusted to the artist by relatives of the deceased. Captured in slow motion, the artist opens the urns of six individuals, including that of her own father, and the ashes gracefully ascend, creating a delicate smoke that swirls against a black background.

Displayed on the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, this newly-commissioned video by Canadian experimental filmmaker Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof stitches together representations of night skies with images of people in transit captured over the last century, linking the displacement of people to celestial passages through space. Weaving source material from the RIC’s Black Star Collection of photo-reportage and astronomical photographs from the US government agency NASA, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof: The Relics of Lumen creates an immersive environment of mosaics and composite collages.

Students from Ryerson University’s Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program present Ways of Seeing: Building the RIC Collection, drawn from the RIC’s photographs collection, including original works by a variety of practitioners from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
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By: Ryerson Image Centre