David Hlynsky

(Ontario, Canada)

David Hlynsky

Rosebud pictures two great motifs of the Canadian imagination: the camp ground and the corporate tower. In Wilderness Camp, David Hlynsky animates the Ontario woodland landscape. His characters act out primitive fantasies in the company of taxidermied animals, exotic fruits, and incongruous architectural elements. The sepia tone of Hlynsky’s prints heightens our sense of nostalgia for the Great Outdoors. In New Xanadu, Hlynsky turns to the urban landscape, photographing the plush interiors of Toronto’s business world. A colourful, impressionistic style softens the features of the workers; individuals are seen as cogs in the well-oiled business machine. Hlynsky’s brilliant manipulations of the photographic image blur the distinctions between nature and culture, document and fantasy.

David Hlynsky was born in the United States in 1947. He has exhibited internationally as a photographer and contributed to the development of photography in Canada as the editor/publisher of image nation magazine from 1971 to 1983. He has been awarded eleven permanent, public art commissions involving photography or sculpture. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa. He currently lives and works in Toronto, where he teaches full time in the Studio and New Media programs at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. His photographs of Communist Europe will be launched on tour in Prague in September 2005.

Galerie Art Mûr
5826 St. Hubert Street
(514) 390-0383
David Hlynsky: Rosebud
August 25, 2005 – October 1, 2005
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm, Thursday & Friday 12:00-8:00pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm
Opening Thursday September 8, 2005 at 5:00-8:30pm, the artist will be present

David Hlynsky, from the series Wilderness Camp (1992-2002). Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Art Mûr