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PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY AND THE GLADSTONE HOTEL IN TORONTO PRESENT “IN THE PLAYROOM” BY JONATHAN HOBIN AS PART OF THE SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL


IN THE PLAYROOM
JONATHAN HOBIN

MAY 2 TO 31, 2013

CURATED BY NOA BRONSTEIN AND PATRICK MIKHAIL

ARTIST RECEPTION:
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013
7 P.M. TO 10 P.M.
THE GLADSTONE HOTEL
TORONTO
1214 QUEEN STREET

Image: Jonathan Hobin, GOT HIM!, C-Print, 42 × 57 inches, 2010


PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY and THE GLADSTONE HOTEL in Toronto are pleased to present IN THE PLAYROOM, the work of, internationally acclaimed photo-based artist and art director JONATHAN HOBIN. Hobin’s award-winning In the Playroom series will be presented as a Feature Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival from May 2 to 31, 2013.

Drawing from iconic literary, cinematic, and historical references, as well as from popular culture, Hobin’s work explores the darker, or at the very least, the more troubling aspects of childhood, imagination, and storytelling. Critics from around the world have both praised and denounced his use of children in photographs, quickly leading Hobin to be considered one of the most polarizing contemporary visual artists in Canada.

IN THE PLAYROOM is a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media. The inquisitive propensity of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in these images through tableau-vivant re-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. The exhibition will consist of more than a dozen large-scale photographs, each depicting a powerful mis-en-scene of a significant current event, re-enacted through children at play. These impeccable installations reintroduce viewers to immediately recognizable headlines, while at the same time offering a stark reminder that children are not removed from these unsettling events. Contextualized within the history of fantastical stories for and about children, and within the tradition of tableau photography, the exhibition confronts us with the discomfort of looking and the realities of seeing.

While Hobin has exhibited internationally, this will be the first time In the Playroom will be exhibited in Toronto. As part of his exhibition at the Gladstone, Hobin will be exhibiting new and never-before-seen works, as well as some of his most recognized images from the series.


ABOUT JONATHAN HOBIN
Jonathan Hobin is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and art director. His work draws on iconic literary, cinematic, and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker, or at the very least, the more troubling aspects of childhood, imagination, and storytelling. Features on Hobin’s work have been seen on the cover of the Toronto Star, in the Maclean’s innovation issue, on CNN’s Newsroom, and on the national television program George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, among others. Hobin’s art direction credits include films for Bravo!, CBC Television, and the Lifetime Channel. Hobin was also the Canadian production designer for the first Slovenian/Canadian film co-production, The Maiden Danced to Death (2010), a collaboration with Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. Hobin has received numerous honours and has recently been selected as the winner of the open call for the prestigious International Photography Festival GuatePhoto. He has a 2003 BFA in Image Arts: Photography, from Ryerson University in Toronto.


ABOUT THE GLADSTONE HOTEL
Recognized internationally as Canada’s premier Art Hotel, The Gladstone Hotel is a stunning juxtaposition of old and new, historical landmark and contemporary art scene, making it an icon of local culture and a gateway for international travelers. The hotel houses 37 unique artist designed hotel rooms, each imagined by Toronto’s best talent, with two restaurants, four event venue spaces, and three exhibition spaces. The Gladstone is a values-based business dedicated to offering an immersive and authentic experience.


ABOUT PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY
Established in 2006, the PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY has emphasized a complete engagement in its artists' professional practices, and a commitment to launching new and relevant bodies of work. Through its curated program of solo and group exhibitions, special projects, curatorial and academic collaborations, off-site projects, participation in international art fairs and festivals, and through its vital relationships with museums, institutions, corporate collections, and private collectors, the gallery has promoted and nurtured the careers of a new generation of Canadian contemporary artists. Artists whose practices have investigated a full range of contemporary issues and ideas, and have incorporated painting, photography, installation, performance, sculpture, drawing, film, video, and new media.


For more information and high-resolution images, please contact:

THE GLADSTSONE HOTEL:
Noa Bronstein,
Director of Exhibitions & Cultural Promotions
The Gladstone Hotel
Tel.: 416.531.4635 ext. 7105
E-mail: noa@gladstonehotel.com
Web: www.gladstonehotel.com


PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY:
Patrick Mikhail
Director
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY
Tel. 613.746.0690 OR 613.276.3243
E-mail: gallery@patrickmikhailgallery.com
Web: www.patrickmikhailgallery.com