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Steve Driscoll & Finn O'Hara: Size Matters at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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Some Roads Were Not Made for Such Journeys, 2017
59 x 79 inches
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print

A Primary Exhibition organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Size Matters brings together the work of painter Steve Driscoll and photographer Finn O’Hara for their first-ever exhibition at a public art gallery.

These Toronto-based artists face a dichotomy familiar to many Millennials: urban lifestyles combined with a love for the outdoors. Their work is a creative response to the need for a sense of scale. The resulting images are moments of intervention on landscapes that are sharply foreign to the production and even subject matter of the paintings themselves. A wooded portage route joins passersby on Queen Street West; a giant northern lights landscape finds itself fireside in the concrete jungle; and a multi-panelled waterfall is juxtaposed with towers of commerce in Edmonton.

The process of photographing art is laid bare, but any sense of practicality is abandoned for wit, and Guerrilla-style set making produces a document of art documentation. The disconnect between seemingly impromptu outdoor sets and the landscape paintings they act to frame underlines the impasse reached between en plein air methods and Canadian landscape painting in the 21st century.

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For a Moment, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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A River Can Grant You Visions, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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The Only Real Thing in His Life Were His Dreams, 2017
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Everyone Else Was Busy, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Exposes the Rest as a Mirage, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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I Saw All This Continue On, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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It Seems Too Much Effort to Even Sleep, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Don't Remember Summer Even Saying Good-Bye, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Safely Through the World of Dreams, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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It Was Possible to be Lost, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Onlooking, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Even Further Away, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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How Had Such Grim Trees Created Something so Otherworldly, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Deeply Absorbed, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Light and Silence, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Dawn's Dim Light, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Erasing All That Existed, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Everything Had Halted, 2014
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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Watched in Awe, 2016
45 x 60 inches
30 x 40 inches
Digital Chromogenic Print
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