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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

ROBERT BURLEY: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DARKNESS
January 22 – April 13, 2014
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
Main Gallery

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Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

Image caption: Robert Burley, View of Building 7 and 11 from the roof of Building 9, Kodak Canada, Toronto, 2006. Pigment print, mounted on dibond © Robert Burley. Reproduction courtesy the artist and the Ryerson Image Centre

The exhibition Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses the emergence of a new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century old industry, which embodied the medium’s material culture.

Robert Burley is associate professor at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

The exhibition was on view at the National Gallery of Canada (October 18, 2013 – January 5, 2014), the Musée Nicéphore Niépce (October 12, 2013 – January 12, 2014) and will travel to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015).

Burley sat down for an interview with Steve Paikin on TVO's The Agenda's to discuss his work capturing the collapse of film photography and the medium's transition from film to digital. To watch the full interview, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/JEhH4g

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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AUDIO COMMENTARIES

The following audio commentaries, narrated by exhibition curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel and photographer Robert Burley, highlight a selection of works from Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness. These commentaries are also available via QR codes in the exhibition.

 

Disappearance of Darkness - Introduction

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness
Exhibition Introduction

 

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
Faded Proof
2005-2012
48 Polaroid Type 55 instant prints

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
After the failed implosion of the Building GL, Kodak-Pathé
Chalon-sur-Saône, France
2007
Pigment print mounted on dibond

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
View of Building 7 and 11 from the Roof of Building 9

Toronto, Canada
2006
Pigment print mounted on dibond

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
Implosions of Buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park
Rochester, New York, United States of America
2007
Pigment print mounted on dibond

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
Film Warehouse, Agfa-Gevaert

Mortsel, Belgium
2007
Pigment print mounted on dibond

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
Employee identification board, Polaroid
Enschede, The Netherlands
2010
Pigment print mounted on dibond

Disappearance of Darkness

Robert Burley
Warehouse and Photo-Chemistry Building, Ilford
Mobberley, United Kingdom
2010
Pigment print mounted on dibond  

Disappearance of Darkness

Blow-ups
Looped video, 6 minutes 3 seconds
2013

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