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The Karsh Award 2016: Michael Schreier

September 8, 2016 to October 26, 2016Monday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmTuesday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmWednesday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmThursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmFriday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmSaturday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pmSunday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Karsh Award honours the artistic legacy of celebrated Ottawa photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh. It is presented every two years to an established local artist for outstanding work in a photo-based medium. The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that Michael Schreier is the recipient of the 2016 Karsh Award.Catalogue ExcerptSchreier's images of rooms have much in common with the portraits. ln Camera Obscura, we see the comer of a room with a shadowy presence, or a bare wall with a sharply defined line running from one side to another, or the precise edge of a museum display case. Or we see people occupying museum rooms in which the space that separates is alive with meaning. He sees these spaces with a remarkable grace and beauty and a sense of pictorial structure that is impeccable. Their minimalism invites the imagination. They are spaces into which we withdraw into ourselves, and with our eyes we listen to a sound that is pure and haunting and, at the same time, serene. Above all, however, they reflect the state of mind of the artist who is seeking to define his own space and his relationship to the world.Schreier's photographs are concerned with both exterior space and interior space. And both states illuminate what it is to be human, expressed with the visual poetry that exploits the elements of line, form, colour and light.Excerpt from the essay by James Borcoman, CM, MFA, LLD, Curator Emeritus, National Gallery of CanadaBiographyMichael Schreier is a professional artist and photographer who has dedicated his considerable professional career to the celebration of both the public and private hero. Recent work includes Storyteller/Waiting for Words at the Ottawa Art Gallery, curated by Emily Falvey, 2009, and his curating of the exhibition Dave Heath, A Heritage of Meaning, 2013 at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Selected works are represented in both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Archives Photography Collection, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Canadian Portrait Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, New York), Light Work (Syracuse, New York), Carleton University Art Gallery and the University of Ottawa Library Special Collections.. 110 Laurier Avenue WestOttawa, ON K1P 1J1.. Event Details. Location: 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa