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Common Ground: Irwin by Torrance York to Open at the Gores Pavilion

May 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Common Ground: Irwin, twelve landscapes by the photographer Torrance York, will be on display in the Gores Pavilion in Irwin Park from May 10th through November 3. An opening reception will be held on May 9th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Common Ground: Irwin reflects York’s love of Irwin Park. “To me it feels like an outdoor museum with a rotating collection,” she says. “This park is a manageable size to circle completely on each visit so it is very satisfying to track changes in nature from one day to the next. There is a new discovery around each bend in your path.”

The photographs taken over the past 4 years emphasize the changing palette of the seasons and represent her experience of a specific place. For this reason, she includes the GPS coordinates in the title of each photograph. “I create these compositions from my field of view at these particular points. I say ‘created’ instead of ‘captured’ because the eye cannot play with focus on its own. A shallow depth of field can only be examined through the camera lens.”

York has exhibited locally and nationally. She was awarded a Connecticut Artist Fellowship grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. She has had solo shows at Silvermine Arts Center Galleries, New Canaan, CT; ROOM, Greenwich, CT; New Canaan Library; Dow’s Gallery, Snowmass, CO, among others. As the recipient of the Grand Prize, Images 2013 exhibit at the Fairfield Museum & History Center, she was awarded a one-person show at Southport Galleries, Southport, CT. Recent group shows have included: American Splendour, Ilon Gallery, Harlem, NY; Guild Group Exhibit, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT; Rotations: Gallery Highlights, Littlejohn Contemporary, NYC, NY; Waveny—Now and Then, New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan, CT and the 37th Annual Photography Show, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. Her work has been published in The Photo Review and Connecticut Cottages & Garden and New Canaan/Darien Magazines. You can learn more about the artist’s work at www.torranceyork.com.

York, a New Canaan resident, is thrilled to be exhibiting in the Pavilion, the mid-century modern building designed by the architect Landis Gores. “The architectural design creates an experience that I often hope to generate in my photographs – a feeling of discovering an opening or light-filled space beyond a foreground obstacle.”

The Gores Pavilion is open Friday-Sunday 11 am – 3 pm, or by appointment. For additional information, please contact the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society at info@nchistory.org or 203-966-1776.

Photo Caption: N41º08.493’ W073º30.332’11/8/16 384 ft. (Irwin Sheltered Path) by Torrance York.


May 9, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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