Reception for the Artist: Thursday, June 27, 5-9pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to announce our third solo exhibition of work by Vid
“Between art & Art” is based on observations Ingelevics made during research in the
photography archives of public institutions in North America and Europe. Ingelevics (b.
Toronto, Ontario, 1952) examined the historical work of usually anonymous museum
staff photographers and noted how they and their work seemed to be situated somewhere
between the “art” of photography – usually understood as technical practice - and the
“Art” that was often their subject.
In the late 1990s, while working on the exhibition, “Camera Obscured,” which addressed
the use of photography in public museums, Ingelevics noted that the uncertainty of the
staff photographers’ institutional position seemed to extend to the images they produced.
He was often unable to determine why some images were made or even what their
original subjects were. In many cases, little or no information accompanied the images
because, at the time of their creation, their meaning was held to be stable, factual and
self-evident. For those who made and used the images, the question of meaning was
simply obvious and no meta-data or captioning beyond the barest minimum seemed
As years passed and those responsible for the production and use of the images were no
longer at the institution, the lived experience that produced a context and sustained a
certain understanding of the images dissipated. Ingelevics’ fascination with what now
seemed so contradictory – a large format, sharp, highly-detailed image that appeared to
be so purposeful, but so oddly arbitrary – led him to attempt the “impersonation” of one
of those long forgotten museum staff photographers. From 2000 to 2008 he returned to
many of the same institutions and, using similar large format camera equipment, he
produced contemporary images of these sites that might have been made years earlier.
Ingelevics is an artist, curator and educator based in Toronto. He has exhibited his art and
curated exhibitions across Canada, the U.S. and Europe at both private galleries and
public institutions. He is the recipient of various awards, including grants from the
Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. His
photographs can be found in private and public collections, including the Canadian
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; The City of Toronto Archives, Toronto;
the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark and the Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland.
He is currently an Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto.