press release

Edgar Leciejewski spent six months as an artist-in-residence with Fogo Island Arts in 2014. Tones brings together new work stemming from his time on the island, including large-scale collages, photographs of natural elements, and precarious sculptures composed of objects found on the shore. Taken together the works in the exhibition are a collection and an archive of time shown in modern images, raising questions on how we contemplate ideas of nature.

Based in Leipzig, Edgar Leciejewski explores the various social and scientific uses of photography, employing an experimental, analytic approach to the medium by using various techniques and media. His work investigates such issues as the rhetoric of the photographic series, genre, composition, and the question of how much time can fit within a single photographic image. Leciejewski’s photographs are repositories of time that allow for a slowing down of the act of seeing. His work has been presented at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Kunsthalle Wien; and Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, among others.

Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien) and Alexandra McIntosh (Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts)

A forthcoming publication accompanies the exhibition, co-published by FIA and Sternberg Press (Berlin) and including texts by Bill Arning and Zoë Gray.

About Fogo Island Arts
Fogo Island Arts is a residency-based contemporary art venue that supports research and production of new work for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery. Combining contemporary art, iconic architecture and social innovation in a singular setting, FIA is a world-class institution that is uniquely rooted in community.

Gratitude is extended to the Shorefast Foundation for its generous support of this exhibition.