Please join me for the Opening Reception of ‘Streets & Alleys’Â
Thursday June 20th, 6:30 – 10pm
Hasthtag Gallery @ 801 Dundas St. West. (west of Bathurst at Palmerston)
This series of photographs came about from my exploratory bike rides through back alleys and side streets in the downtown west end of Toronto.Â The images are close-up shots of painted garage doors, brick walls, fences, metal sidingâ€“old, new, practical, decorative, deliberate and imposed. The unconventional frames are made from old bicycle wheels, gathered from bike shops, which I have partially deconstructed. I find the wheelâ€™s circular form compelling, and also wanted to bring attention to the role of the bike in the cityâ€™s daily life, and to the value of the bicycle as a means of transportation.
I had been thinking of a project that would unite my experience as a documentary photographer with my love of bicycles. My involvement in the world of cyclingâ€“as founding executive director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, host of CBC radio column Bambrick on Bikes, media spokesperson for cycling issues, and year round cyclistâ€“means that I see the world through the lens of a bike.
Cycling through the cityâ€™s unique laneways, Iâ€™m inspired by their many layers of colour and texture. These alleys provide more peaceful space in which to ride, and space for an often artful and rebellious, but mostly utilitarian, backdoor life. I hope that these images will serve as reminders of the joy of exploration and discovery in spaces other than the cityâ€™s crowded urban streets.
Born and raised in downtown Toronto, Yvonne Bambrick has traveled by bike extensively in Toronto, Montreal and Sydney and in every other city sheâ€™s had the opportunity to visit. She is a documentary photographer and was founding executive director of Toronto Cyclists Union (2008 â€“ 2010.) In the summer of 2012, she had a CBC radio column, Bambrick on Bikes, and was instrumental in helping to bring the BIXI program to Toronto. Yvonne has been a regular media spokesperson on cycling issues and led a review of the Ontario Driverâ€™s Handbook to include important pedestrian & bicycle-related content. She is currently writing a handbook for urban cyclists, to help fill the gap in cycling education.
Â The exhibition will be on view June 19 -23 during Torontoâ€™s Bike Month.
Opening, June 20th 6:30-10pm
Artist on site from 1 to 4pm Saturday June 22nd.
Hashtaggallery.com – 416 861 1866