53 indian grove

If you missed this exhibition, you are in LUCK!  On this blog you will find a video tour of the exhibition as well as short video segments of an interview conducted by Dave LeBlanc for the Globe and Mail.  Here is a link to the recent article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/dave-leblanc/the-stark-beauty-of-a-well-worn-home/article2035800/

Several of the prints are still on display in the backroom gallery and copies of the books are available for purchase.

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Ginger Sorbara recently purchased an historic home at 53 Indian Grove, Toronto. Sorbara partnered with Greg Pacek to document the transition of the home from one family to another.  The result was a beautiful book as well as an exhibition of photographs.  The book focuses on presenting the history of the home with documentation of selected discarded objects that had been collected over eighty years – nothing was ever thrown out.  Images include found family photographs, film stills (16mm) and images of rooms at varying degrees of emptiness. The exhibition of photographs highlights images of the now empty rooms – living room, kitchen, bathroom, hallways and bedrooms. The quiet, faded interiors echo with the stories contained in the space.  Selected photographs from this series were exhibited in CALL HOME: Domestic Narratives (May 4 – June 4, 2011) at the Telephone Booth Gallery.

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Exhibition Statement:
There’s something very still about this place.  The music of many millions of notes played has been quieted.  Gone are the backyard summer concerts that echoed through the neighbourhood.  Gone are the winter skating parties, the late night porch talk with the clinking of cheering glasses.  The death of the Mills brothers, residents at 53 Indian Grove for almost 80 years, blanketed the community in a sadness signified by a persistent silence.  At 53 Indian Grove, memories and stories are now what appear to be holding the place up.  Once so vibrant, the house now feels skeletal, reminiscent – still there – but missing its characteristic vitality.

Vanitas (Latin) means “emptiness.”  Loosely translated, it corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity.  While vanitas could be an associate of the project, this work looks at the multivalent nature of human vanity, both the meaningful and meaninglessness of our existence here and what we leave behind.  As “what is left” dissipates, as it surely will, the hope is that we can bask in the presence of what is passing before us.  The images in this collection offer a sense of emptiness, but also strive to deliver a sense of fullness that was instrumental to the process of decay.

Excerpt from the book “53 Indian Grove – Work by Greg Pacek and Ginger Sorbara.”

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