Share the Moment is a multi-media installation bringing new life to the former Kodak Fotomat in the parking lot of the Sheppard Plaza in North York. With its exterior refurbished to mimic bark and foliage, the kiosk takes on the guise of a tree. Its trunk offers two portals into the past, screening family pictures taken around the 1970s. Collected from the surrounding community, the snapshots elicit the memories of neighbourhood residents to reconstruct a fragment of local history.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed photographs for Share the Moment, including: Janet Farkas, Shari Katz, Susan Kendal, Rosalin Krieger, E.J. Lightman, Rhonda Nissenbaum, Lilian Rosenthal, Bonnie Rubenstein, Freda Rubenstein, Lyla Rye, Jon Sasaki, Ted Sasaki, Anthony Schatzky, Eric Stein, and the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Share the Moment was created by Stephen Cruise with: Corinne Carlson, Brian Davis and Alexandra Byers. Special thanks to Franklena Holdings Inc. for their support of this project.
Stephen Cruise has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1969. His work is represented in numerous corporate and public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, City of Windsor, University of Calgary, City of Toronto, City of Waterloo, and Art Bank, Ottawa. Cruise has also completed major public art commissions, including indigena domain, Civic Centre, Cambridge; after/before, Don Mills Station, Sheppard Subway, Toronto; one hundred links—one chain, Gibson Park, North York; and Places in a book (6 chapters), Spadina LRT, Toronto.
David Hlynsky is a photographer and writer with a history of over forty years of exhibitions and publications. His work has been both fictional and documentary. He has collaborated with numerous performance artists and playwrights to create theatrical projections. He shared two apartments and a studio with Stephen Cruise in the early 1970s. Hlynsky is currently the Senior Lecturer in Photography and Digital Media in the Studio and Media Arts program at The University of Toronto, Scarborough. davidhlynsky.com
Design: Tony Hewer | Editing: Shannon Anderson | Photography: Isaac Applebaum
Digital publication to the exhibition Stephen Cruise: Share the Moment
Presented by the Koffler Gallery Off-Site at the Sheppard Plaza, 4400 Bathurst Street, Toronto | May 5 to August 28, 2011
Curator: Mona Filip
© Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2011, in collaboration with the individual contributors. All rights reserved.