Opening Reception on Monday, May 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Toronto

La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light

CONTACT 2012, May 13 – May 26, 200 Bay St., Toronto'More Than This' from the 2012 'La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light' exhibit. The exhibit will be in the South Tower Lobby of the Royal Bank Plaza at 200 Bay St.,Toronto from Monday, May 13 to Saturday, May 26 and The Gore Bay Museum and Gallery from June 10 to August 6, 2012.

Opening Reception on Monday, May 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

‘The La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’ is a photographic exhibit by Jon Butler exploring the equivalent light of dawn and how it evokes inspirational space capturing the timeless beauty of nature.

The impressive and spiritual qualities of the La Cloche Mountains of Northern Ontario have drawn artists and travelers for centuries. The mystical light, windswept pines and quartzite vistas of the area have enthralled the Anishinabe, French voyageurs, British traders, Canada’s Group of Seven and today’s visitors.

An Equivalent is a photograph that functions as a work of art because while it communicates it also suggests mental images. This is what the natural colour of Butler’s photographs inspires. Alfred Stieglitz pioneered this photographic concept, which was adopted and widely taught by Minor White.

The digital and analog exhibition photographs were taken in the Willisville Mountain area of La Cloche. This area was recently saved from the possibility of any future mining as a quarry. In 2011, the mining company Vale liberally surrendered the license for this property so it may be enjoyed for generations to come. Butler was instrumental in saving the Mountain and establishing the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society.

Butler’s 30 years of photographing La Cloche has resulted in a photographic style that conveys the colour fields of Mark Rothko and landscapes of Franklin Carmichael.

The exhibit will be in the South Tower Lobby of the Royal Bank Plaza at 200 Bay St., Toronto from Sunday, May 13 to Saturday, May 26, 2012. The opening reception will be on Monday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit was funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council and Vale.

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About jonbutlerphoto

Jon Butler is a Zen practitioner, haiku poet, photographer and retired newspaper executive who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life. He has been capturing and enjoying the natural light of La Cloche for more than 35 years. He concentrates on solitary, contemplative landscapes, natural colour and atmospheric effects. In 2015 Jon began creating a series of Photo Montage prints using his original photographs. It is an opportunity to explore a sequence of dreams or dreams of a sequence. Jon and his wife Kerry live in the village of Willisville located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains. Kerry's photographs are available at Perivale Gallery, Manitoulin Island. They are founding members of the La Cloche Mountains Preservation Society and the Willisville Mountain Project, dedicated to preserve Willisville Mountain and the beauty of La Cloche. Their winter months are spent in Pass-a-Grille, Florida (Willisville South) enjoying health and the Tampa Zen Center. The books ‘Visions of La Cloche, Contemplating La Cloche with Words and Photographs’ and 'La Cloche Spirit: Contemplating Beginner's Mind' are still available online at www.blurb.ca/user/lacloche. Jon’s exhibit ‘La Cloche Spirit: The Equivalent Light’ was part of the Toronto international photography show CONTACT2012 before exhibiting in Gore Bay and Sudbury in 2012. Jon’s photographs are available at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury shop, Killarney Park Store, and The Red Dog in Whitefish Falls.
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One Response to Opening Reception on Monday, May 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Toronto

  1. Now imagine the beautiful landscape of Mcleans Mountain covered with 194 m industrial wind turbines by Northland Power. What a tragic loss. This is what we are up against.
    Raymond Beaudry
    mcsea.ca

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