FOR YEARS NOW, PHOTOGRAPHER CHARLIE ENGMAN HAS BEEN TAKING PICTURES OF HIS MOM

KATHLEEN McCAIN ENGMAN, Charlie’s mom, is on the cover of this month’s CONTACT catalogue, on billboards at Dupont and Davenport, and on the walls of TORONTO’s Scrap Metal Gallery. Her son is presenting the wide-ranging breadth of his longtime project – taking photos of his mother, clothed and unclothed.

Chicago-born Charlie – now based in Brooklyn – is a sought-after fashion photographer. Once an official shoot is over, his mother might show up and try on the same clothing worn by a much younger model. The results can be startling.

Through her son’s lens, we’re presented with a middle-aged mid-American woman, with her experimental expressions, appearing as an alien who has touched down and landed in our yard. Mother, is that you? Ms. Engman sells the unsettling, and she’s good at it. – from a writeup by Rui Mateus Amarat

“MOM” continues until June 16 at The SCRAP METAL GALLERY, 11 Dublin Street East, Unit E. The entrance is through a scrap yard parallel to St. Helen’s Avenue. It’s one of a number of large TORONTO galleries in the immediate neighbourhood. Look for the sign.

Open to the public – Thursday to Saturday, noon to 5 pmhttp://www.scrapmetalgallery.com

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STERLING RD. IS BECOMING TORONTO’S ARTS-CENTRAL – BANKSY IN JUNE & MOCA’S OPENING IN SEPTEMBER

‘THE ART OF BANKSY” has traveled to Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Auckland. Now the exhibition lands in TORONTO on June 13 for one month.

The venue – a two-storey former industrial building at 213 Sterling Road. For tickets go to http://www.banksyexhibit.com

The mysterious BANKSY, activist and filmmaker, has been in TORONTO at least once. While here promoting ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ in 2010, he created several pieces of art on city streets and alleys. Some were tagged or unknowingly painted over. A few survived, and one in particular is now under glass in a downtown office building.  <PHOTOS – Haunted Walk.com>

<Formerly at 90 Harbour Street, this work is preserved by Menkes Developments in one of their buildings on York Street>

<‘Banksy Was Here’, corner of Church and Esplanade>

<391 Adelaide Street West, unfortunately painted over by the building’s owner>

<PHOTO ABOVE – I passed this one last weekend, without realizing it is a Banksy, 70-feet long, on Houston Street in the Bowery, New York City.  The image is a protest against the imprisonment of Turkish artist & journalist Zehra Dogan.>

THE WINDSOR ARMS HOTEL, BUILT IN 1927, 28 SUITES, HAS BEEN REFRESHED AND IS LIVING AGAIN

THE WINDSOR ARMS, 18 St. Thomas Street, in the Yorkville/Bloor West neighbourhood is transforming thanks to the vision of owner George Friedmann and Dinel Design. Mr. Friedmann bought the hotel in 1995 after the previous owner had it shuttered in 1991.

The opportunity to revive TORONTO’s only small, luxury hotel presented itself, and Mr. Friedmann rose to the challenge. “When we started working on the redesign we questioned whether we should go more contemporary. But then we thought, No! Let’s make it more like the Windsor Arms!” – TORONTO GUARDIAN/2018

For the complete story go to https://torontoguardian.com/2018/03/redesigned-windsor-arms-hotel/

CONTACT/2018 – FOR THOSE WHO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY, MAY IS YOUR MONTH IN TORONTO

The Scotiabank Photography Festival – CONTACT – is the largest in the world. This year it has expanded across the Greater TORONTO Area with over 200 exhibits and special events during the month of May. <PHOTO – Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas Street West>

<PHOTO by Spencer Wynn, exhibiting at Black Creek Pioneer Village>

Founded in 1997, the Festival features a broad spectrum of lens-based work by artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists.

<‘I Am You’, Gordon Parks, Nicholas Metivier Gallery>

CONTACT’s events and workshops include portfolio reviews, lectures, film screenings, panels and tours.  <The Photobook: New Projects and Collaborations + Photobook Fair>

<CONTACT Public Installation Bike Tour, May 26, 11 am from 460 King Street West, North Facade>

<Esther Shalev-Getz, ‘The Gold Room’ detail>

Most of the exhibitions and events are free. For complete details & the events calendar go to https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/

WHEN IT COMES TO SIGNAGE, NEW YORK CITY IS NIRVANA – GEMS I FOUND ON A SUNDAY STROLL

<“I AM THE BOSS OF MY FUTURE”, West Broadway newsstand>

<“HELLO SPRING”, Greenwich Village>

<“STICKY’S – the best damn chicken finger you have ever tasted”, Financial District>

<“POST NO BILLS”, East Village>

<“ARE YOU ADDICTED TO STREET ART?”, East Village>

<“YOUR APARTMENT IS SMALLER THAN YOU THINK”, Sixth Avenue>

<“I SHOULD GET A RIDE HOME”, Sixth Avenue>

<“A CURE FOR EVERYTHING”, Chinatown>

<“TRUMP RESISTANCE”, Washington Square>

THERE’S MUCH MORE TO RUNNING A VAST STREETCAR NETWORK THAN THE CARS THEMSELVES

<Building Leslie Barns, ca2015, by TOM TARDIF / Azimuth Geomatics & TTC>

LESLIE BARNS occupies a large piece of property at the corner of Leslie Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. It was built to service and house 100 of the TTC’s fleet of 204 Flexity Outlook LRT vehicles – otherwise known as TORONTO’s new streetcars. If necessary, Leslie Barns can handle a total of 264 Flexitys.

Unlike the older streetcars, the Flexitys have their equipment on the roof, and need a shop layout that can deal with this.

Leslie Barns occupies 26,000 square metres (6.4 acres); indoor bays for 30 Flexitys; room in the yard for another 100; 5.2 miles (8.3 kilometres) of track on the property. About 200 TTC maintenance and operations personnel work in the buildings. The facility has been operating since November 22, 2015. It opened officially the following year.

To celebrate both the Leslie Barns and the Cherry Street Flexity streetcar line, the TTC produced a campaign with the National Ballet of Canada. In a YouTube video Principal Dancer NAOYA EBE visits the TTC’s newest and most modern facility.

  For complete details on the Leslie Barns and how they were built go to https://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Projects/Leslie_Barns/latest_news/2015_News.jsp

JUNE 13-AUGUST 5 AT THE GLADSTONE HOTEL – TEN PHOTOGRAPHERS CELEBRATE ‘QUEERS IN THE ARTS’

<ABOVE – My hometown – AMHERST, Nova Scotia – by JAMES FOWLER>

A fund-raiser in March & April produced ‘Around The World in 30 Days’, 30 paintings of Canadian towns and cities from above, by TORONTO artist/photographer JAMES FOWLER. The bright colours in each are inspired by summer festivals, happiness, travel and fun.

Funds from the sale of these paintings will help pay for an exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, as well as the 8th annual ’10 x 10 Photography Project‘ book. For more information go to https://10x10photographyproject.com/get-involved/around-the-world-in-30-day/