Clark & Faria, Toronto, presents a solo exhibition by Stephen Waddell from February 10 to March 20, 2011. In this exhibition of new works, Stephen Waddell continues to redefine the space between the photograph as document and as art. The works reveals the emergence of new photographic subjects and the transformation of established ones that becomes possible at large-scale. By pushing the limits of photographic production, the artist explores the shifting materials and processes that are both disappearing from and becoming available to the medium. Gesturing to the expressive realm of painting yet rooted in documentary realism, these pictures uncover the details that exist within the confrontation between the worlds of people and things.
Stephen Waddell (born 1968, Vancouver, Canada) received his M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and has exhibited in galleries and institutions including Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver; Clark and Faria in Toronto; The Vancouver Art Gallery, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló in Castello, Spain; Kunstforum Baloise in Basel, Switzerland and C/O in Berlin. Waddell’s works are today part of the Armand Hammer Collection in Los Angeles, as well as the permanent collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery and The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. A book of Waddell’s work, Hunt and Gather, is forthcoming from Steidl Publishing in Germany. The artist lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.