My curiosity was aroused; it is clear that this sign hails from another
era, and in France e-mail is just ‘mail’. Thanks to Frédéric and the
Hachette dictionary, I discovered émail is the process of enamelling
metal. In this instance, the sign was used to promote the manufacture of
advertising plaques – painted on the wall of a shop in a tiny hilltop village.
(La quincaillerie est l’ensemble d’objets ou ustensiles en métal,
c’est aussi le nom donné au magasin où l’on commerce ces produits.)
Advertising has come a long way since the days when ‘etc, etc’ said it all.
Photo artist Deborah Samuel’s lyrical images reflect the frailty of life. Elegy, her upcoming exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, features more than 30 haunting photos of afterlife bones and shells, created with clinical precision. (Above: Cobra II, 2011)
Ten of the photographs are specimens from the ROM’s own collections. The exhibit, opening March 31, is part of the 2012 Contact Photography Festival, with more than 1,000 artists and photographers showing work in 32 Featured Exhibitions and 134 Open Exhibitions across the Greater Toronto Area.
-Armadillo V, 2011
The work pares modernist photography literally and technically to the bone. Elegy embraces the
Brancusi ideal of pure form, of image refined to its essence . . . –Shelby Street Gallery.
-Dolphin I, 2011
Samuel was born in Vancouver and raised between Toronto and Adare, Ireland. She trained…
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