“The series of work, entitled ‘Fluidrive’ is focused on the use of ritual. I am interested in a lyric image that can be revisited by the viewer in the way one re-visits the feelings created in a song or prose. The daguerreotype is kind of a reliquary that you can hold in your hands and use like a prayer box. The fact that these "mirrors" last forever and have the ability to render subjects almost as a hologram puts us in a discussion with our own memories.” —Curtis Wehrfritz
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Work in the Fluidrive series spans over six years and is concerned with forms of lyrical and allegorical story-telling. Wehrfritz’s daguerreotype images are very much concerned with an overt theatricality and an implied narrative structure in the events, scenes and characters that are depicted.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Curtis Wehrfritz is a photographer, film maker and cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada. His education, experience and career have been principally in the world of video and cinema with a number of awards, accomplishments and major achievements to his credit including a Canadian JUNO award (equivalent to a Grammy award) for his video work with Leonard Cohen. Other video awards include two Best Director awards at MuchMusic and eight other distinctions for music videos. Wehrfritz’s feature film “Four Days” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was distributed internationally. His short films have been shown in the NYC Independent Film Festival and in film festivals in the UK.
In recent years Wehrfritz has moved his career into visual art, live performance and theatrical art and installations. The daguerreotype work started as a form of unique documentation for these performances. His interest in the historical form of daguerreotypes was initiated during a three-year apprenticeship with Mike Robinson and with the construction of one of the few working daguerreotype labs in the world. Wehrfritz’s photography has been exhibited internationally including at Contact Photography, the London Photographic Awards, FotoFest Houston, 23 Sandy Gallery, Red Line Gallery, and BilbaoArte, Urazurrutia, Bilbao.
All images are daguerreotypes.
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