FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Koffler Gallery presents Erratics featuring archive-based installations by novelist Martha Baillie and artist/curator Malka Greene with writer Alan Resnick
Toronto, ON, March 19, 2015 – The Koffler Gallery opens its Spring 2015 season at its downtown home at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, with Erratics. The exhibition runs from April 16 to June 14, 2015, opening with a free public reception on Thursday 16 April, from 6 to 9 PM.
Curated by Koffler Gallery Director/Curator Mona Filip, Erratics explores the tensions between memory and fiction by bringing together two archives where photography takes a central role in an attempt to uncover hidden narratives. Staged as museological displays conveying two personal stories, these collections of images, texts and records reveal both the impossibility of fully knowing the past and the effectiveness of literary imagination in grappling with history.
Toronto author Martha Baillie adds further layers to her most recent book, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, through a multi-media installation. In Baillie’s hypnotic novel, an archivist seeks the truth about Schlögel’s life through letters, documents and photographs providing glimpses into his journey from a small German town to exploring the Canadian North and finding himself lost in time. Over six hundred postcards, voice recordings and a musical composition created by Nic Gotham give material substance to Baillie’s literary plot that addresses our fraught relationship to the historic past.
In His Father Over Time, Toronto artist and curator Malka Greene mines a store of materials belonging to the late Dr. Morris Resnick – a World War II reconnaissance photographer who also avidly documented his life and times. Similar to an archivist, Greene pieces together the threads of this private story, working with television writer and satirist Alan Resnick, Morris’s son. Resnick explores his relationship with his father and family through the process and responds with a personal series of texts. Where information may lack or memories fail to fill the gaps over time, fiction takes over.
Erratics is a Featured Exhibition in the 2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.