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David Hlynsky
From May 31st 1986 to June 28th 1986
Likeness and Artifact

"Flesh is not stone... A likeness should describe what the subject was like...alive, complex and transitory." – D.H.

An important dimension of the works Hlynsky exhibits here is a preoccupation for the living. "Likeness", a series of portraits of friends and acquaintances from the artistic community, is a 'snapshot-hunt'. Fractions of seconds immortalizing ephemeral gestures and traces of alive defy death.

In "Artifact", the second series of photos, the relation with the living is more subjective: the objects are considered as cultural artifacts of our times, with both a personal and social value. For Hlynsky, the aim of this focus on mundane objects is to shake our numbness to the physical world surrounding us and to renew our perception of the details and their direct implications.

This collection of objects can also be considered as a sort of archeology or the present time, as well as the ephemeral – a juxtaposition, in a way, of an immediate relation to the subject and a distant one. We find the same attitude in the series of portraits Hlynsky made of the people he considers among the best minds of the contemporary artistic scene. "With homage to their genius, I hunt their likeness..." ... We then remember that Hlynsky is also an editor.

David Hlynsky is, perhaps, best known as founder and director of the Fringe Research Holographic Inc. studio, devoted to the development of holography as a fine art, and as editor and publisher of Image Nation magazine, a periodical devoted to the publication of experimental and fine art photography: activities in which he worked actively for 10 years. Yet, since 1982-83, he decided to concentrate his energies on his painting, photographic and screen writing works, maintaining his engagement as president of the Toronto Photographer's workshop.
- Press release (Optica)