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Public Installation: Mirrored / Maslen & Mehra

April 25 - June 4  Downtown Halifax, in the Ferry Terminal on 6 backlit billboards

As a prominent component of the curatorial programming CONTACT annually presents public installations of photography in high profile spaces throughout Toronto. Over the years CONTACT have created several site-specific installations presented on billboards, attached is documentation of these and other selected projects, which demonstrate the great effect large format photographic images have in the public domain. CONTACT are very pleased to announce that this public installation program is extending to five cities in Canada this year, coast to coast, from Vancouver to Halifax throughout the month of May. 

Featured solo exhibition by Scotiabank CONTACT photography festival

May 5 – June 4 “Mirrored” showcasing photographs, installation and video by Maslen & Mehra

General Hardware Contemporary 1520 Queen St W Toronto M6R 1A4 

In a series of Edenic landscapes, figures appear both present and absent. These strange and magical compositions are a result of documenting a series of temporary interventions with mirror sculptures.. Maslen & Mehra will present a new installation piece which references research trips to Algonquin Park Canada and Epping Forest London, UK. As always, the artists continue to question our place in the world as we push our relationship with the environment to the limit. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new text by John K Grande. Link to text:

CONTACT is an annual month long festival of photography with over 1000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area in May. Founded as a not-for-profit organization 14 years ago, CONTACT is devoted to celebrating, and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. As the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Toronto, CONTACT stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.5 million and is focused on cultivating even greater interest and participation this year.



National Post Canada
Contemporary art often has a reflective quality, but this tendency comes right to the fore in Mirrored, a photo series by British duo Maslen & Mehra......

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Island (Algonquin Park, Canada) 2011
186 elements
CNC archival durst lambda on Foamex

Island (Epping Forest United Kingdom) 2011
198 elements
CNC archival durst lambda on Foamex
The exhibition includes the world debut of new installation work. Titled ‘Island’, the installation describes the contained areas of conservation that dot the modern world. Two large-scale floor pieces, comprised of a series of footprints, each describe a surface documented on research trips to Algonquin Park and Epping Forest. The outer rim of each floor piece represents a man-made surface and contained within this border are details of leaves, moss, earth and flowers.  The irony of these areas of conservation lies in the consistently high numbers of people who use them. We value these spaces for their absence of people and for nature, which is less impacted by man. Yet we seek them out and enjoy them in droves. In these works man is both present and absent alluding to this delicate symbiotic relationship.