Photography exhibit in Toronto of alluring Brazilian “desert”
DISCOVER magazine will be launching its Fall Edition during the opening of the exhibition DUNESCAPES LENÇÓIS MARANHENSES, BRAZIL.
September 22, 6:00 – 9:00pm, at the iX Gallery – 11 Davies Ave. Toronto
By Pamela Glaser, Leila Monteiro Lins & Rosana Dias
Landscape photographer Graham French opens his latest exhibit of 16 mesmerizing, large-scale, black and white landscapes on Thursday, September 22 at IX Gallery, 11 Davies Avenue in Toronto. Shot in the remote Brazilian sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, in the northeastern state of Maranhao, the photographs transfer the viewer to a rugged, isolated world accessible only to adventurers with a local guide and four-wheel drive.
Graham French’s photographs of Lençóis Maranhenses are both intimate and infinite, inviting you to step into a windswept, undulating sea of sand and inky black lagoons. “The rich textures and smoothed surfaces produce a dark and undeniable eroticism,” he explains, exposing light, shadow and form – both minimalist and erotic.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Graham French has travelled the globe in search of secluded, exotic locations. His discerning eye has returned again and again to the desert. “They’re sensual, dreamy and graphic,” says French. “I like that contrast – and the graphic quality of shooting them in black and white.”
“I’ve shot in many beautiful, remote parts of the world– it’s what I do. And I’m drawn to end-of-the-universe places like the Sahara, Namib and Atacama Deserts” says Graham French. “I had to see Lençóis.”
The results are images in which you never quite get your bearings and don’t really care. Graham French’s photographs of Lençóis Maranhenses are simply stunning.
IX Gallery, 11 Davies Avenue, Toronto
September 22 – October 20, 2016
Opening: September 22: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
M-F: 1:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Open to media by appointment
Graham French 416-778-7922
Pamela Glaser 416-895-7944