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Songs of the Snow

Sarolta Gyoker and Jake Morrison invite you to an exhibition of photographic prints inspired by life in Canada's snow, "Songs of the Snow" presents Sarolta's beautiful graphic images and Jake's landscapes, softened and isolated by the snowfall.

Songs of the Snow

February 8th - March 14th, 2018
Atrium Gallery
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepoint Drive

Vernissage: February 13th, 2018, 6 - 8 pm

Jake Morrison

Artist’s statement

Somehow -, and I know how strange this sounds - I learned at a young age that the heart of a snowstorm was a warm and safe place. My work in this show comes from my ‘Snowfall’ project: - landscapes photographed in snow fall, softened and isolated by the falling snow.
Does it feel ‘warm & safe’ for you?

Artist’s bio

After a lifetime of family photography, Jake started exploring the world of art and art photography. In the last ten years, he has studied at The Ottawa School of Art, the University of Ottawa and at The School of Photographic Art: Ottawa.

Jake Morrison was born in Connecticut (USA) and grew up in southern Minnesota - where you can see the weather coming for over 40 miles – and where it snows a bit more than it does in Ottawa.

He has participated in group exhibitions and about a dozen solo exhibitions, most recently “Tourists: here today, gone tomorrow” at Atrium Gallery in 2014 and “she saw, he saw: Superior”, with Jane Keeler, at Gallery 200 in late 2017.

His interest is in perception, individual differences in perception and how photography and photographic prints can communicate those differences.

A portfolio of Jake’s “Ethereal Birds” was shown in Color Magazine. His prints are held in private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.
Sarolta (Sasa) Gyoker

Artist’s statement

The stark and graphic beauty of winter in Canada has been a continuous source of inspiration for me. It is as though nature had divested itself of its garments, exposing its hidden beauty, vulnerable yet motionless, in surrender to the elements. I wish to capture silence and surrender as integral parts of these photographs that aspire less to the condition of sensuous beauty than to that of a restrained zen simplicity. I hope to convey the sense of restraint and ambiguity not unlike those present in the haikus of Japanese Masters Basho, Issa and Buson.

Artist’s bio

Sarolta (Sasa) Gyoker was born and had lived in Budapest, Hungary, before moving to Canada in the 1980s. After completing her M.A. degree in Art History and working as a Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery of Canada for several years, she returned to study again—this time graphic design, which has been her vocation ever since. In tandem with graphic design, her interest in and passion for photography has been growing stronger through these years. Her album, Of Trees and Birds and Snow and Silence, was published in 2015. She has won several international photography awards, and has participated in both solo and juried group exhibitions in Canada and Europe. Her works have been published in books, blogs and photo magazines including David Gibson: 100 Great Street Photographs (Munich, London, New York: Prestel, 2017), D. Tyler Bennett: The Coffee House Anthology—A Meeting Place for the Arts (Charnwood Arts, UK, 2016) as well as LensCulture, and Lomography Magazine.


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