News Release

The Thin Line Between Matter and Mind
Selected works by Marco Buonocore and Samuel Choisy

Curated by Alice Dixon

Marco Buonocore and Samuel Choisy take straight photographs on the streets of Toronto. They are two wanderers that bring back completely different views of the same city. One photographs the mundane aspects of urban life in an intimate way, while the other images the monumental, transforming people and places into icons of urbanity. At the soul of street photography, as is demonstrated in the work of Buonocore and Choisy, is an ability to use the matter of urban life to express preoccupations of the mind.

What these photographers share other than the street is that they both leave a mindspace in their images–a place where the viewer can enter into the photograph with their own ideas. Buonocore does this by leaving the occupants out of his images and letting the traces they make speak of human presence. Choisy does so by leaving us to question the reality and circumstances of his images. It is in this space, between objective and subjective where some things are said and others are left unsaid, that the ideas of the photographer and the ideas of the viewer can mingle across the surface of the image.
–A.D.

Marco Buonocore is a photographer and printer based in Toronto, Canada. He is self taught and works with black and white film. Since 2002 he has been documenting the neighborhoods of the cities that he has lived in, primarily Toronto and Vancouver. Winnipeg, St. John’s and Montreal are destinations that are on the horizon, and he will continue his efforts to photograph Canadian cities and the way we live in them in the years to come.

Samuel Choisy is a photo-based visual artist living and working in Toronto, who has exhibited internationally. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Imaging school of Angoulême and a graduate degree from the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France. His work addresses the narrative in photography, through various technical and formal approaches, which has led him to auto-publish 5 books.

Alice Dixon was born in Toronto, Canada and holds a degree in Photographic Studies from Ryerson University. Her artistic experience extends internationally having lived and worked in Paris, France. She is currently the Exhibition Coordinator at Gallery 44. Upcoming freelance curatorial projects include I.M.A. Gallery in May, and 401 Richmond for Nuit Blanche 2011.

gallerywest is a space for contemporary art, located at 1332 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario. This project space is intended to facilitate exciting new contemporary art shows in the Parkdale area. Our programming direction focuses on works that are thoughtfully engaged in a contemporary geographical dialogue.