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FLOCK OF MARYS - Art show in Steam Whistle's Gallery

Canadian photographer Korinne Robertson and American painter Mark Zelmer collaborated digitally for this fascinating art show, having never met!

Flock of Marys is a collaborative artistic venture between strangers-of-sorts, Canadian photographer Korinne Robertson and American painter Mark Zelmer. It is a strangely harmonious duet of digital photography and digital painting, utilizing photographer Korinne’s love for documenting the fallen, the abandoned, and the otherwise forgotten remnants of human civilization, and traditional oil painter Mark’s insatiable imagination for the unlikely, absurd, dark, and peculiar.


Korinne and Mark have never even met in person before all of the work displayed in this exhibition was created, and indeed will only meet face-to-face for the first time at the brewery to hang the work. A thousand miles apart, and acquainted only by way of the internet, they were able to merge their imaginations into a mutually consensual gallery of the mad, where people sometimes make strange decisions, drink deeply from the cup of their own extinction, and where clever and happy creatures, both real and imagined, have oft reclaimed the former habitation of the vanished humans. The work beckons to you; the artists hope you will simply enjoy looking at it. There are no deep political messages or social issues buried beneath layer upon layer of symbolism, hidden meanings and mystery… there is purely the shared eccentric whimsy of one weird boy and girl who delight in ostentatious out-of-placeness, a child-like passion for daydreaming, and the attempt to find beauty in the decaying, forsaken, and neglected artifacts and edifices that surround our lives.


All of the photographs are taken by Korinne. The photo is then e-mailed to Mark, who uses Adobe PhotoShop CS5 and a Wacom Intuos4 tablet to literally hand paint the person, creature, or artifact into the photo… not mere photo-manipulation, but the seamless fusion between photography and digital painting. The ideas for the additions to the photos are the result of a mutual agreement, as while Mark’s imagination is an unrestrained murder of cackling crows, it is held in check by Korinne’s subtle yet stylish elegance, and her skill for art direction.


Korinne Robertson lives in Leamington, Ontario with her 80 canines and human children, enjoys photographically documenting the collapse of human civilization, stomping about in Fluevog boots, and generally being a super-stylish ninja photon hunter, Beatles fan, and connoisseur of the finest wines and tap waters to be found in eastern Canada.


Mark Zelmer lives in a fallout shelter near Seattle, Washington, one mile away from an aircraft carrier, enjoys the study of classical oil painting, taming and untaming wolves, shooting apples off of the Kaiser’s head, collecting matter and antimatter (in separate containers), and practicing real martial arts against imaginary foes and visa versa.


Join us for the Opening Night Party, Wednesday February 2, 2011 from 7-11 pm. Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto M5V 3M9, or visit the brewery all month long to check out the exhibition.


About the Steam Whistle Gallery:


Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Retail & Hospitality area to showcase local creative talent. Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time. Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold. At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.


All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am -6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm. Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse - 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. ( just south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, February 02, 2011
End Date: Sunday, February 27, 2011
Event Type: Art
Location: Steam Whistle Gallery
Time: Opening reception 7-11pm February 2nd with the show remaining on display all month
Ticket: Free to the public