Scratched Lens Collective: Urban Eyes
The 2015 Tangled Arts Festival engages 401 Richmond with new works by disability-identified artists.
Tangled Art + Disability is infusing Toronto’s arts and cultural landscape with a variety of disability perspectives by hosting their 2015 Tangled Arts Festival – entitled Strange Beauty – in an iconic nucleus for the creation and presentation of art: 401 Richmond.
Over the month of April, Strange Beauty will fill the building with a collection of new exhibits and performances, carefully selected and commissioned by Canada’s leading disability arts organization. Tangled invites audiences to reimagine and rediscover conventional notions of beauty while wandering through the galleries, cafes and public spaces of the converted warehouse at Richmond and Spadina.
Urban[eyes] connects the work of five disabled photographers who have been watching, living and documenting urbanization through a disability lens as well as a photographic one.
This show runs the gamut – from a study of the revolutionary city planning in Detroit that couldn’t have foreseen the economic devastation, to the conflicts between progress, gentrification and homelessness in Toronto. The exhibition illustrates diverse viewpoints being brought into focus by five artists dedicated to their craft.
About the Scratched Lens Collective:
"Scratched Lens is a collective of five photographers: Mark Brose, Allan Cullen, Steve Kean, Peter Owusu-Ansah and Kathy Toth. We came together with several other photographers as part of a master class with Vincenzo Pietropaolo, in 2012. That master class resulted in Street Level, a group show which was presented in September 2012 and has since had several other presentations both in Toronto and elsewhere: most recently at King’s College, in London, Ontario. After the conclusion of that master class, the five of us were invited to a participate in an advanced master class with Pietropaolo which allowed each of us to further refine our skills and develop our first solo exhibits. The focus of this second master class was the urban landscape.
It also significantly allowed us to discover our strengths as a group of artistic colleagues. This development led to our decision to work together as a collective.Urban[Eyes] is our first group exhibit. The show will present three photographs by each collective member."