The Goddess Array V.3 @ Hashtag Gallery

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From She Does the City:

On Thursday February 6th, photographer Jennifer Toole will be showing fourteen new, never-before-exhibited framed prints from her Goddess Array series at Dundas West’s Hashtag Gallery. The evening will also act as a launch event for her stunning new photography book.

The photos on display represent four years of work—shot here in Ontario, but also in California, Quebec, and Ibiza. Snapping women in the nude, against magnificent natural backdrops, is not a new idea, but the way Toole’s subjects appear is refreshing: each exude a kind of comfort and confidence that most of us long for.

Toole describes her series as a way for women to claim more space, or  “a defiant act of freedom”.  The project was inspired by her love and appreciation of Greek mythology. “Greek Goddesses are diverse, archetypal and mythological in proportion,” she says, and thus began an epic adventure to shoot powerful Goddesses in her own life.  “The models are real life goddesses in their own realms.” Women who all exude a strength that Toole feels, and admires.

Beyond an evening to celebrate the divine in all of us, there will be a video installation of nymphs bathing in the river on display (which we’ll be treating as a mini mid-winter getaway).

Join us at the reception for The Goddess Array Exhibit + book launch on February 6th, at 6p.m. at Hashtag Gallery (830 Dundas St. W.). More on Jennifer Toole’s work here.

Pollinating Proxies @ InterAccess

I love the challenges of photographing art installations, and ‘Pollinating Proxies’ by artist Colin Rosati was no exception. With laser beams and orchids in full bloom, Rosati’s works “address the desire for and consumption of energy, paralleling the hummingbird’s need for nectar with humankind’s hunger for electricity” (InterAccess). His exhibit turned out to be quite the subject. I’m always grateful to be included in the documentation of young up-and-coming artists’ work. Rosati just won the 2018 InterAccess Media Arts Prize for his work as an Integrated Media student at OCAD University whose work exhibits excellence and innovation in new media practice. The show is up until February 16th! xo

The Goddess Array V.2: Exhibit Opening

A few memories of a warm-hearted evening in celebration of The Goddess Array V.2. Sending you all much love. Many thanks to Kelly and Char of Milk Glass for the space and to Carmela Antonio for being so fabulous. Here’s is the video we made together again in case you missed it…xo

Photos by Katherine Kwan.

The Goddess Array Launch Party

What a night! I am so grateful for all the support of my beautiful friends & family, and all of you who came out that I got to meet for the first time. The Goddess Array filled the 3000 sq/ft room and got conversations going about feminism, art, photography, freedom of expression, the place of the nude, and much more. My mind was blown as we announced the winners of the silent auction and I realized the show sold out! I spent the day yesterday an emotional mess as I let myself get overwhelmed with what a blessed start Monday night was for The Goddess Array project. There are plans in the works to shoot more goddesses for the exhibit (ladies, call me if you want to shoot), as well as tours of the exhibit in California and Africa. I want to share The Goddess Array with the world!

Jenny-Anne McCowan produced the show and choreographed the moving dance piece that felt like a blessing of the space. Jenny is an angel and a crucial element in growing The Goddess Array to the next stage. Dancers Celia Green, Alison Keery & Andrya Duff, and cellist Elinor Frey, singer Xin Wang & violinist Edwin Huizinga performed a passionate, energetic & seamless improvisation piece following nothing but breath and vibes. SO much talent! I want to pay tribute to my goddesses, to their bravery, belief, strength, and participation. Sarah, V, Alex Kerr, Demi Labelle, Jennifer Nichols, Erika Abrahamian, Laura, Mary-Josephine, Chanele, & Teesh, I am eternally grateful. Stephanie Diana & Julia Mohamed rocked the bar. Tenemy and Fathom rocked the ones and twos. Thanks to the ever awesome Dave Gillespie and Katherine Kwan for documenting the event. I will put together a video of the evening shortly. Many thanks to Cais and OOG for the beautiful space and to Lauren Lynn for MCing with such grace. Thanks to Aunty Brenda for working the merch table like a champion to my parents for their unending support. And to all of you who now have a huge goddess print in your homes, please send me pics! Thank you!!!!! Shine on, Jen.

Photos by Dave Gillespie

More Talk, More Rock.

“Mick Rock—the legendary lensman responsible for the most iconic photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed—touches down in Toronto to talk about… well, yoga, kidney surgery, and James Taylor, naturally.” – Stuart Berman

See my photo of Mick published last week in The Grid’s interview with the legend himself in More Talk, More Rock.

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c. Jennifer Toole

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