PEDRO LOPEZ CANAS on view at Tatar Alexander (183 Bathurst) until May 10. 416-360-3822. Rating: NNN
because of tatar alexander'smove from the King East design district to the one-time Gallery 44 space in the venerable Orient Building at Queen and Bathurst, once home to A Space and numerous arts-related service organizations, it's hard to take in the installation by Spanish photo-based artist Pédro Lopez Cañas purely on its own merits.
With this show Judith Tatar and Darren Alexander, who've dropped the "Photogallery" from their name in order to include artists working in all media, are unveiling the new and enviable exhibition space, transformed by design firm burdifilek.
Lopez Cañas's Jardin De Sombras/Garden Of Shadows helps deliver the message about TA's mandate change, straddling a territory somewhere between sculpture and straight photography. The large-format images, printed on plexiglas, are mounted on Japanese-inspired wooden frames. Some work as screens, and are mediated by scrim-like sheets of handmade Japanese paper.
Peaceful, deeply contemplative work, it makes a strong impact in the tastefully understated interior.