MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
NOVEMBER 10 – DECEMBER 2, 1995
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1995 AT 8 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
In FAMILIAL DISSOLVE, Don Corman presents the viewer with the restrictive codes which determine how we interpret vernacular photography. By bringing the private family moments into the public space of the gallery, Corman calls attention to the notion of authenticity and ultimately subverts the idea and function of the photograph as an artifact of popular culture. In this exhibition, Corman continues this theme and also attempts to situate the work where the anonymous interests with the personal.
DON CORMAN was one of the founders of Stride Gallery in 1986 and was responsible for much of its programming in the first few years, bringing in exhibitions that were new and challenging to Calgary audiences.
In the early 1980s while working for a commercial photo lab, Don Corman rescued some 50,000 photographs from the company dumpster. These snapshots had been rejected by the lab for reasons of quality: poor focus, fingers and objects in front of the lens, multiple exposures, and, in one case, ants contact printed onto the film. This archive has been the source of most of Corman’s work for the past eight years. Enlarging two or more of these found images form a single work, each image continually recoding it’s partner(s), Corman’s juxtapositions proposed unforeseen narratives. His project has been one, not only of recovery but also of the negotiation of “fact” into fiction.
In these works he combines found objects with enlarged photographs of the sites at which the objects were found. This strategy is a reversal of that of his earlier work. Here fact, presented has hard evidence in the form of cultural detritus, comes out of “fiction” (a photographic record of somewhere/sometime).