Adam Swica Echo: Location

May 2–30,  2020
Christie Contemporary ⁠ accessible_forward

Swica’s constructed landscapes investigate the potential of memory to trigger a photograph. Building dimensional views using everyday materials, simulation is not in evidence, with forms often suggestive of something, rather than sculpturally accurate. Animated by light, the constructions transform into spatial atmospheres, crossing the idea of “place” in a condition of time. They are at once clichéd and unknowable, even the detection of their fakery only seeming to underscore their insistence as a somewhere.

Adam Swica graduated from The Ontario College of Art (1977), specializing in Experimental Arts and Photography. He was a founding member of The Funnel film collective (1977–82) in Toronto. He pursued a career as a cinematographer, working with many noted directors, including George Romero, George Hickenlooper, Peter Lynch, and Jonathan Sobol. His photographic work has appeared in Impulse Magazine and Prefix Photo (cover). Recent exhibitions include Somewhere (2020); Placeholders (2019), and Free Assembly, with Christine Davis and Vlad Lunin (2017), at Christie Contemporary. His work is held in numerous private and corporate collections, including Telus Sky and Bank of Montreal.