This special photographic exhibit surveys the subject of changing landscapes in contemporary Waterloo Region over the past half decade. Mark Walton’s photographs capture the rapid pace of change and the resulting shifts as the past collides into the present making fast what becomes our new everyday.
You’ll have a chance to examine familiar and iconic landscapes already changed, lost, or in transition. Among them: The fields at Ira Needles road; Mr. Sushi’s neon window sign; the narrow wooden and burlap bridge spanning Crook’s Tract and two male transients sitting on a sidewalk in downtown Kitchener.
Shift: Time Collisions + Disappearing Landscapes showcases more than 30 colour landscapes and portraits which probe, provoke and investigate decay and reconstruction, the end of the road and the reimaging and reinterpreting of how we live in Waterloo Region.
“Things ultimately disappear to become something else,” Walton says. “It’s this disappearance that intrigues me.”
Born in Hamilton, raised in Winnipeg, Mark Walton moved to Waterloo in 2005. His multi-media performance work has appeared at IMPACT’09, CAFKA and at the University of Waterloo. He is the videographer for Dissocia, which will appear at the University of Waterloo February, 2011 and the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, April 2011. Walton is a member of Art Allies and a Box 10 artist. His work was featured at the Box 10 group show in Kitchener in November 2010. Shift: Time Collisions + Disappearing Landscapes is his first solo show.
Shift: Time Collisions + Disappearing Landscapes is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, The Essential Image and the Button Factory.