April 29, - May 28, 2005

Toni Hafkenscheid (Gallery Two)





For several years, Toni Hafkenscheid's (Rotterdam/Toronto) work has examined artifice as a device for blurring the limits between reality and fiction. The exhibition HO - a name used for the scale of model train sets - brings together his most recent photographs and blurs the line between reality and illusion. For the spectator, his idiosyncratic photographic process -- using a very shallow depth of field and combining areas of very sharp focus with very soft ones -- distorts the gaze into something surreal and disconcerting.

Taken across North America, his recent images propose a singular perspective on ordinary landscapes, urban territory, suburbs and the grandiloquent Northern woods. Although they are taken from real life, the photographs have the inherent quality of a mise-en-scène-- the static, perfect, even idealized state of models and miniatures. Isolated by out-of-focus foregrounds and backgrounds, neat houses, deserted streets, shops and trains breaking through majestic landscapes make the dark side of things invisible. Meticulously circumscribed, the colored scenes of HO recall a certain American dream, a view of an immediate future typical of the 1950s.

Toni Hafkenscheid has a MFA from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He has exhibited his works at Dazibao in Montréal, Napier University in Edinburg, La Chambre Blanche in Québec, Desmet in Amsterdam, Capi Lux in Amsterdam, the Centre for Exploratory and Perceptual Art in Buffalo, the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, the E3 Gallery in New York, the Power Plant in Toronto and the Floating Gallery in Winnipeg.

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