EXPOSED 2012 BE. HERE. NOW. at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West), to May 29. 416-531-4635. See listing. Rating: NNNN
The Gladstone's second floor is given over this month to a broad and slightly uneven showcase of established and emerging photographers.
Restraint and formalism mark the best work. Tom Ridout's Blandscapes find the pleasing symmetry in urban banality.
Through his lens, shopping carts and parking lots acquire the austere formalism of early Bauhaus.
Akas Tarmaji's understated photos of feet under drawn hospital curtains have a quiet power underscored by the vulnerability of their unseen subjects.
Zoë Bridgman's portraits of children pare them down to their psychological cores, posing them with a restraint so cool that every detail fairly pops.
There's room in the exhibit for a bit of glam as well. Chris Ironside's young men with glittery appliquéd skull faces are smooth, vicious icons of death and sex that are also utterly contemporary.