Gera Dillon, Tim Clark, Denis Plain
From January 22nd 1976 to February 12th 1976 3 Photographes de Montréal
"The three young but highly accomplished photographers exhibiting their work at Optica all use their medium to transform rather than just document. [...] the final images are not altogether byproducts of having experienced specific places, but spring at least in part from the artists’ souls.
It’s as though French-born Denis Plain’s urban ‘life’ with its claustrophobic air was actually inside the artist – the shiny lobby enclosures and chic tunnel-like images of modern ingress and egress are really more psychic scenery than out of doors reality. And in all this, man is occasionally as mere, shadowy figment whose reflection ricochets off splendid arrays of glass surfaces.
Using infrared film to shoot at night, Gera Dillon employs his camera to immerse the pageant and barbarism of sport in ironically sweet ozones of unsurpassed lyrical dreaminess. Dillon arranges his black and white prints in sets. In one of these, with the photos mounted slightly off kilter on the same black mat, the angular black spaces between the cryptic images of a water main and a telephone post emphasize the mystery of each photo’s relatedness to the others. [...]
The third artist, Tim Clark, seems to have fabricated his own scenery for his shots. From even a short distance, his tiny prints look like black rectangles but as we crowd up close, chiaroscuro begins to dissolve, revealing a lawn strewn with crumpled paper balls (shades of Levines disposables) and a wall of clouds which turns out to be a backdrop of wallpaper or painting. These visions, which often assume an altar-like centrality, are amusingly reminiscent of photo-documentation of conceptual pieces in art magazines."
- Lehman, Henri, "Reality intrudes", The Montreal Star, January 31st 1976.
- Ireland, Jock, «Optica Gallery : Photographers’ 'real' work unreal», The Gazette, 24 janvier 1976.
- Lehman, Henri, «Décor et Accessoire», La Presse, vol. 18, no 3, 17 janvier 1976.
- Lehman, Henri, «Reality intrudes», The Montreal Star, 31 janvier 1976.