Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rob MacInnis

Prince Edward Island

May 13-June 6, 2010

Reception with artist: Thursday, May 13th, 6-9pm

We're pleased to present Rob MacInnis' latest work, entitled Prince Edward Island. A panoramic photograph constructed from hundreds of photographs taken in September 2007, the piece represents a community of working class farm animals on Prince Edward Island.

Much like the panoramic photographs of the past, the work presents a cross section of society at a certain time and place, while overcoming the constraints of the traditional frame in order to literally widen Photography's scope. As the most recent addition to MacInnis' Farm Family Project, "Prince Edward Island" is his most ambitious construction to date.

Blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy, past and present, the work asks the viewer to reconsider the role played by these animals, as well as the historical significance of the panorama. While resurrecting an older form of photography, MacInnis creates a memento of the soon to be forgotten.

Rob MacInnis' work is included in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Nimoy Family Foundation; Citibank and the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He recently received grants from Arts New Brunswick and a Public Art Commission from the Edmonton Arts Council.

The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council, ArtsNB, the Koberinski/Babineau family, Jess Cooper, and Matthew Clowney for making this project possible.

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