Áine Belton is a visual artist, curator and zine editor that originates from County Meath, Ireland. She has been living and working as an artist in Canterbury since September 2011. Áine has completed her M.A. in Fine Art in UCA Canterbury in 2012. She received her B.A. in Fine Art in the Visual Arts Practice from I.A.D.T., in Dublin (Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire) in 2009. Alongside her art and literary practice she is a member of the Collaboratice Research Group (CRG) which is supported by UCA and Crate Space in Margate. Aine does freelance graphic design as well as book making, exhibition reviews, and collage poetry. She is a co-editor of ESC Zine, an independent arts and literary zine that has a growing international presence. Her works have recently been selected for Limbo’s Associate Member Show, PhotoIreland Festival 2013, The European Media Arts Festival 2013 as well as in literary publications No-wave magazine, Oh Francis and Splinter magazine.
I’m delighted to be part of the “Evolution” show opening tomorrow at North York Arts Centre on Yonge Street near Sheppard Avenue West. Evolution (Four years together) is mixed-media art exhibit that celebrates the artwork done by Art Starts’ Platform A micro-grant recipients, 2013-17. There’ll be spoken word, videos, documentaries, African dance, belly dance, hip-hop dance, drag show, visual arts, sculptures and much more. The evening promises to be very lively and will be my first time seeing so many artists’ work together blending cultures and embracing community!
About my work:
Surface Excess is about the layers of time that pass us on a daily basis. Combining images of nature, a city in passing and humanity together through 35mm double exposure photography allows the blending of ever changing materials into one succinct metaphor. Existence and an acknowledgement of temporality are ideas in conversations using the motifs of leaves, color, light, shadow, form and landscape. The use of analogue materials (35mm film) is essential to the authentic layering of passing moments in time.Using the tactile quality of film makes me appreciate how precious each negative is, there only being 24 or 36 exposures per roll. It is through the medium of film photography that I must calculate each negative per roll of film, to understand not to be trigger-happy, to be as calm and appreciative of moments in time and to candidly record them, to remember that to make a good photo, you have to live or aspire to live in that frame or that perfect moment in passing. Otherwise, what worth is there to being behind the lens?
***Update – Double Exposure: Cyclists of Toronto is now SOLD OUT***
Now that the project is just about finished I have a limited number of books available for sale. Cost is $15 and you can email me at email@example.com for more information on making an order. More information can be found below or if you click here.
About the book:
This photography book features 35mm film double exposure portraits of 16 cyclists and their favourite places to cycle in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. I am indebted to the 16 wonderful people that you will meet in this book.
I can finally announce that my book is printed and just about ready for its launch this Friday, June 9th from 7-10pm at bikeSauce!
You can imagine how nervous I was waiting to see and touch the publication. Naturally I’m a little but nervous for how it will be received – only one participants has seen his image. That’s John Gibson, the gentleman that has been on the poster you may have already seen.
The book will cost $15 CAD (incl. HST) and will be on sale at bikeSauce. On the night of the launch, proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the fundraiser No Bici, No Fiesta, there’s also a film screening fundraiser I highly recommend checking out at CineCycle on June 10th. There’s going to be a range of films being show that talk about Mexican bicycle culture. Beer, food, merchandise and a super raffle are some more great reasons to attend the CineCycle event.
My book will also be on sale at the A Show on June 22nd at Artscape Youngplace – this will be where you can see more of my fellow Micro-grant recipients’ work and also my installation of the portraits! Organized by ArtStarts check out their website for ways to participate in their projects!
You are invited to bikeSauce for the launch of “Double Exposure: Cyclists of Toronto” on June 9th, 7-10pm.
This book features 35mm film double exposure portraits of 16 cyclists & their favourite places to cycle in Toronto and the GTA. The book is about cycling and the meaning of memory and space. Portrait sessions resulted in a series of unique double exposure portraits taken at select locations. Together, as photographer and participant, we created these portraits that blend and embed person and place together.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the fundraising event “No Bici, No Fiesta”, organized by bikeSauce and volunteers. Vegetarian food will be served and there will be creative activities to get involved in. Please note that bikeSauce will not be doing any bike repairs on this evening.
The last few weeks have been very busy with getting all the processed negatives of my 16 participants digitized. I’ve special cotton gloves for loading and unloading the filmstrip holder – it takes 6 negatives and I pass the strip through an OpticFilm 7300 scanner. SilverFast has been a great program to work with, I’ve been able to spot any dust or scratches and balance the tones between the layers of images on film. I didn’t want to have to use Photoshop other than for repairing any deep scratches and changing the CMYK color profile for print. SilverFast has given me more control with the balance of light and gradation with these strips of film. In total, I spent more time scanning the negatives and perfecting the light more than any other task in the project.
Here’s a photo of a test negative I’ve stuck to my living room window. It inspires me to move positions and re-frame the image in the negative 🙂 Lots of ideas have come about since having this little reminder at my desk.
Scarborough is an area I’ve been to maybe once or twice. Myself and my wife have been to the golf club for a Christmas party in 2016 in the night time only accessing the area by motorway. When I met Kathleen first I had heard that she lived and commuted from Scarborough. I know maybe one other friend that lives in this area. Both of them are very enthusiastic about the trail path called the “Waterfront Trail”. I believe that this trail is divided into three sections East being Scarborough, Toronto being Central and Etobicoke being West. You can enjoy the scenery of Rouge Beach, Rouge Bridge and views of the lake and Toronto.
Here are come connections for the trail paths stretching across from East to West:
Martin Goodman Trail – Waterfront Trail runs along this trail in Downtown Toronto
Rouge Park Trails (www.rougepark.com) connects to the Oak Ridges Moraine
Etobicoke River Trail intersects with the Waterfront Trail at Marie Curtis Park
Tommy Thompson Trail intersects with the Waterfront Trail in South Humber Park
Unfortunately for me I had a flat tire just after I cycled from Kingston Road. I spent as much time as I could in the sun at Rouge Hill taking photographs for Kathleen’s portrait. I will return and enjoy more of the trail again. The lookout post is definitely a picnic friendly area!
At Rouge Hill GO Station with my flat tire…
Queen Street Bridge was Steve’s location. Recently I posted about Shellie’s choice of the Humber Bay Arch Bridge – a meeting point that is used for catching up with her husband Steve when they have cycling excursions. Also known as the Queen Street Viaduct, the bridge is one of the few steel Truss bridges in the city. I’d no idea what this meant, so when I read about it I decided to quote Wikipedia as it best explains what kind of bridge this one is:
“A truss bridge is a bridge whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of a truss, a structure of connected elements usually forming triangular units. The connected elements (typically straight) may be stressed from tension, compression, or sometimes both in response to dynamic loads. Truss bridges are one of the oldest types of modern bridges.”
Eldon Garnett created the artwork of the clock and quote on the bridge – “this river I step in is not the river I stand in.” (Heraclitus, philosopher). This is part of a three site art piece, I plan to visit the remaining sites. I understand that the clock no longer works, in 2010 the mechanism and hands were removed.
Queen Street Bridge
As you can see there are four lanes of traffic, there is never a dull moment on this bridge! I tried many times to stand in the middle of the road to take a photo in the late afternoon of a Wednesday a few weeks ago. I think only once could I get into the middle and take some photos. Taxis honking, TTC streetcars advancing…. and a few pedestrians that gave me very strange looks as I dared to stand still and adjust my lens!
Erica’s location took me on the trail paths of the Don Valley not too far away from the Prince Edward Viaduct (about a 20min ride). I’d been there previously with Marcus for his location photos. Both sites on the Don Valley were quite different from each other. Marcus’ location included scenery of apartment buildings which were built on land that he played on as a child. Erica chose the Elevated Wetlands (I was later to hear of a different title – Taylor Creek Park) as it is part of her commuting life. The trail path along this route has charming artwork of fish, streams and bicycles with words of encouragement. You’ll see some of the Don River making it’s way into my photographs. You wouldn’t think that this scene of natural beauty has a mixed soundtrack of the passing vehicles on the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) as well as the gushing motion of the river.
Don Valley Trail Path/Taylor Creek Park
What I enjoyed most about this visit (back in late April) was coming off of the path to get closer to the stream. I couldn’t see very much in the water, it moved so swiftly but I can only imagine that the fish, amphibians and insects are moving in sync with the cars on the DVP.