Early Sunday Morning – Queen East, BY David Kaufman
DAVID KAUFMAN Twist Gallery (1100 Queen West, 416-588-2222), to May 26. See listing.
Calling his show Early Sunday Morning after an Edward Hopper painting, photographer/filmmaker Kaufman channels the luminous stillness of Hopper's early 20th-century urban scenes in order to pay homage to Toronto's pre-World War I red-brick main-street architecture. Large, crystal-clear colour prints capture the beautiful buildings on empty streets in early morning sunlight, framing them dead-on so their character and ornamental details outshine the gentrified or grubby storefronts at ground level. Downtown towers in some backgrounds hint at the bland cityscape we'll end up with in the future if we fail to protect these architectural treasures.