docnow 2017 / The Weight of Air

Artist Statement

Architect Peter Dickinson designed seventy-four modernist buildings, mostly in Toronto, before his death in 1961 at the age of thirty-five. Dickinson’s style of modernism—practical, intelligent, and playful in a restrained English way—acts as an antidepressant. The Weight of Air explores the restorative power of modernism through the lives of Dickinson’s buildings—standing, demolished, or altered beyond recognition. Rejecting conventional architectural photography and working under the artistic influence of Klein, Ruscha, and Eggleston, these photographs are brief encounters, culminating in a self-portrait of who the artist wishes to be.

About The Artist

Leala Hewak is a Toronto-based photographer who studied music, creative writing, and painting at the University of Toronto, and then went on to law school. During her career as a criminal lawyer serving marginalized communities, Leala ran a commercial art gallery in her hometown of Winnipeg. Leala has pursued a career as an artist since leaving the practise of law in 2010.

Leala Hewak

Project Type

May 27 – May 28, 2017

10am – 5pm

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
1 Front St E
Toronto, ON M5E 1B2
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