Phantom Presence: Contemporary Photography in New Brunswick













An excerpt of four images from my photographic series One Concierge and Seven Bellmen will be included in the exhibition, Phantom Presence: Contemporary Photography in New Brunswick, on display from June 25 — August 30 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton:


PRESS RELEASE—New exhibitions open June 25, launching the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s summer season. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5 pm. Featured this season are contemporary New Brunswick photographers, emerging artists, and a retrospective of photographic works by a trailblazing twentieth-century photographer.

Phantom Presence: Contemporary Photography in New Brunswick explores photography through a diversity of approaches, photographic technologies, aesthetic viewpoints, and contemporary visions as represented by the work of photographic artists Jaret Belliveau, Amanda Dawn Christie, Carol Collicutt, Kyle Cunjak, Oliver Flecknell, Rachael Leigh Flett, Julie Forgues, Frédéric Gayer, Paul Griffin, Peter Gross, Mathieu Léger, Annie France Noël, Sophie Polanski and Vitaly Korneev, Evan Rensch, Neil Rough, Karen Ruet, Karen Stentaford, and Christina Thomson. Aimed at chronicling and heightening the profile of recent creative developments in contemporary photography in the province, it demonstrates photography as a disciplined way of seeing within an open field of possibilities for the exploration and expression of ideas.

According to co-curator Terry Graff, “photographs are the result of subjective choice, and tell us more about the perspective and biases of the photographer than about the reality of that which is recorded. At once familiar and strange, they are shadows or reflections of the past existing in the present, an uncanny medium or a kind of ‘phantom presence’.”

“What the photographers in Phantom Presence share is a passion for the process and magic of the photographic medium, its ability to communicate visually, and preserve indefinitely,” says Karen Ruet, co-curator of the exhibition. “Theirs is a story that often pauses to hear the whispers of those who have come before, and speaks of loss, of curiosity, of the state-of-the-world we live in today. The makers are, in most cases, the phantom artists whose personal, indelible mark is in the very fabric of the work they create, but rarely are the creators immediately visible to the viewer. They hover under and over and on the periphery of every piece they make and we are aware of them through their craft, their inquiry, and masterful story telling ability.”



Flash Foward Festival 2013

Twenty-Two Ironworkers included at the upcoming Flash Forward 2013 Group Show in Boston:








Flash Forward 2013 Group Show
May 1 – 4, 2014
Fairmont Battery Wharf (Boston, MA)

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The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward program is an annual competition that showcases the work being created by the very best emerging photographers from Canada, the USA and the UK. Every year, judges from each of the participating countries review submitted work and identify those young people that they believe show great promise as professional fine art or documentary photographers.

The Flash Forward 2013 Group Show features a select cross-section chosen from the bodies of work featured in the competition catalogue. The photography covers all genres from documentary, photojournalism and fine art studio practices and shows how each of these young photographers are affected and influenced by their mentors, interests and choices of subject matter.

The Flash Forward 2013 Group Show pays tribute to the diversity of the annual program and its growing profile, offering evidence that the best emerging photographers are at the cutting edge of the direction that photography will take in future years.




Flash Forward 2013 Catalogue available now

Evan Rensch has been included in the Flash Forward 2013 catalogue, available now:


From the Magenta Foundation website:

Emerging Photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom & the United States

The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce the results of Year Nine of its Emerging Photographers exchange. Congratulations to everyone.

2013 will see the return of Flash Forward Festival at its home base, Boston’s Fairmont Battery Wharf, where we bring together emerging professional photographers from around the world. Concurrently in Toronto, the Flash Forward 2013 Group Show will debut at Neubacher Shor Contemporary and additional programming will focus on educational experiences targeting local high school students.  The show will also travel in part to the United Kingdom.