Starting this Friday night at Galerie-Espace (4844 Blvd St Laurent), visual artist Steve Walls will be showcasing his photography work. Photos range from Montreal’s Glam Gam burlesque toupe, rave kids who make their own clothing to New Dandy’s and “the occasional mom turned tattooed blogging model queen.”
Steve Walls moved to Montreal after a decade of nomadic travels London, Singapore, Sydney, New York, Detroit, bits of Spain and Korea, even a spell in Vanuatu. I thought that I knew cities, but this one felt different,“ says Walls. “Montreal lives in the dusk and the dawn, in conversations that happen in the moments between light and dark. Yet it’s a city that’s built on the people that it rewards and recognizes the least.”
The exhibit, I Guess We’re Strange, celebrates the artists who are pushed to the fringes, the family that bonds them together, and the sense of doing things rather than saying.
“Every person that I’ve met has been surrounded by a tight group of friends, equally committed to getting things done but more committed yet to each other,” says Walls. “This is a city of fringe theater, of low budget performances, of ‘let’s put on a show right here’ people who sacrifice a huge amount in pursuit of doing something interesting, challenging and fun – often helping out the marginalized as they do it.”
I Guess We’re Strange runs this Friday January, 28th until Tuesday, February 1st. Friday’s opening festivities begin at 6pm and go until 9:30pm. From Saturday to Tuesday, the exhibit will be open from 12pm until 8pm.
All of Steve Wall’s photographs and other original bits will be available for purchase, with proceeds being “pumped back into the fringe’.”
As well as owning some profound photography, you could also win some studio time with Walls. “I’m hoping to have people participate by having them write something about their favourite shot and giving a free photo session to the most moving/entertaining/brutal/sycophantic offer.”
Come out and celebrate the artists that make Montreal such a creative mecca!