Depiction

Artist: 
Lisa Klapstock
Date: 
May 26, 2007 to July 7, 2007

Lisa Klapstock's photo-based works from the Depiction series portray a quiet kind of lifestyle with chair-filled patios and leafy lots associated with country retreats. Contradictory to the condo-loft infestation present within the city of Toronto, the artist shifts our focus onto the serenity of the archaic form of city living where the ground level front yards and the backyards replace the rooftop patios and the cramped cement balconies. In her works, Klapstock abandons the current urban living trend for wooden verandas, plastic recliners, and blooming gardens, resurrecting the intimacy of the individualistic house facades found in her own neighbourhood.

Depiction is a photographic series that employs the lens-based phenomenon of depth of field to investigate the fragmented nature of human vision and the artifice of pictorial construction. These panoramic photographs of domestic gardens and house facades were shot with a single stationery camera that captured multiple views of the same space broken down into shallow focal layers. These layers were then composed digitally into a single continuous picture in which the foreground, mid-ground and background appear together as components of a single image. Klapstock's photographs elongate time, slowing down the eyes’ movement in order to make us conscious of the way in which we see. With a focus on everyday places and their human occupation, Klapstock's practice investigates mechanisms of seeing and the role of the camera in affecting and challenging the way we view and experience our surroundings. Her photographs and videos explore the liminal zone between abstraction and realism, revealing the complex relationship between photographic depiction and visual perception.