Leslie Hossack's next show will be at the Trinity Art Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre Ottawa,
Exhibition will run from 21 Aug. - 23 Sept. | Vernissage: 24 Aug. 1:00 - 3:00 | Artist Panel: 14 Sept. 2:00. If you will be in the Ottawa area you should check it out.
Public spaces, changing communities, and familiar items from previous generations fascinate me. I don't live in the past, but I do feel a strong sense of time running through my photographs; I hear a narrative in every series and I see a story in every image.
I am drawn to iconic structures associated with major events of the last century. In fact, my entire body of work is held together by my interest in monumental structures built to convey status and wield power. I take great interest in researching the history of the locations and events that I explore, and the written descriptions that I compose form an integral part of my artistic practice.
My photographs are interpretive, not documentary. I am fascinated by what an architect creates when putting pencil to paper. My intention is to fashion an image that reveals what I imagine the architect originally designed, minus the chaos and clutter of contemporary life. I feel compelled to deconstruct the buildings - to take them back to the drawing board.
Whether I am photographing an iconic landmark, a massive construction site, or a vanishing community, my work continues to revolve around three major themes: inclusion and exclusion, change and continuity, longing and loss. Often this involves an exploration of the architecture of memory and commemoration - places of memory. But underlying all of this is my insatiable search for meaning and an insistent examination of the singular question of simple human survival.