January 18-27, 2019
Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Jan 27, 2019
21B St Clair Avenue West
Opening Reception: Thu, Jan 24, 7-9 pm
8:00 am — 9:00 pm
9:00 am — 9:00 pm
‘The Trees Amongst Us – Yonge + St. Clair’, is part of an ongoing street tree portrait project by photographer Nicola Woods. The tree portraits mounted on radiant metal leaf celebrate street trees and highlight their relationship with the revitalized Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood. The installation on display inside Mary Be Kitchen features a variety of trees in the neighbourhood with a special focus on the magnificent maple located beside the restaurant at 21B St. Clair Avenue West.
Nicola Woods creates luminous photographs to advocate for the welfare of urban trees. Five years ago she began photographing trees and has presented two solo shows on the subject – ‘The Trees Amongst Us’, 2018 and ‘Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life)’ 2015, at the Earl Selkirk Gallery in Toronto. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA and completed projects in art residencies around the world. Awards include a grant from the Vermont Studio Centre and 3rd prize in ‘Photo Op’, The 5th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery.
Nicola describes her work as digital photography with a vintage twist, “I print my photographs onto transparent film and this allows the metal leaf to shine through the image. The gold, silver and copper metallic backgrounds shimmer and change according to the light conditions and resemble early photographic processes such as daguerreotypes and tintypes. I add another splash of vintage by rendering the trees in colour and the surrounding streetscapes in black and white; a technique that results in a digital version of the hand coloured photograph.”
With ‘The Trees Amongst Us – Yonge + St. Clair’, Nicola hopes to heighten an awareness of the benefits that street trees provide and show how they bring colour and life to the neighbourhood.
All images © Nicola Woods
You can view more of Nicola’s work on her website www.nicolawoodsart.com
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