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Two 1992 chromogenic (c-prints) from Robert Flack’s series “Love Mind,” edition #1/3, feature ""fire circle"" and ""sword circles"". Robert Flack (1957-1993) was born in Guelph, Ontario and moved to Toronto to study at York University. After graduating in 1980 he began working at Art Metropole and as a layout artist on many General Idea-related projects including FILE Megazine. During the 80's he exhibited extensively in Canada at numerous artist-run centres and public galleries, the Cold City Gallery artist collective and the S.L. Simpson Gallery (a complete exhibition history is available on our web site). By 1990 he was exhibiting internationally, in Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, and was represented in New York at Feature Inc. and in Toronto at Garnet Press. His work was included in the touring group exhibition Corpus Part II curated by Bruce Grenville in 1993 for the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. A survey exhibition was curated by Nancy Campbell at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, with catalogue, in 1993. In 1997 Philip Monk included Flack's work in Rococco Tattoo: The Ornamental Impulse in Toronto Art at the Power Plant in 1997. In 1999 the National Gallery of Canada celebrated Flack's work to commemorate A Day Without Art, December 1999 - January 2000.
""From the beginning, Flack's work expressed an ""otherworldliness"" - a quality that focused sharply with his HIV sero-conversion in 1988. From that point forward, Flack's vision rocketed almost exclusively into the internalized realms of psychic energy, the chakras and the etheric body."" Andrew Zealley, Art Metropole, Halos: David Buchan and Robert Flack 2005.
Amongst the work's many distinctions is Flack's use of pre-digital or analogue production techniques. Flack painted in enamel on clear acetate and overlaid his photographs with these painted layers before re-photographing the work, producing an ""iconic, sensual mapping of the body and dazzling use of colour and pattern"" (NGC web site). During this period he was sharing studio space in Toronto with Stephen Andrews. Flack had acquired a computer and had begun experimenting with digital image-making techniques at the time of his passing.
Love Mind is amongst Flack's final works, exhibited at Garnet Press and Feature Inc. in 1992 and at Floating World Gallery in Winnipeg in 1993. Love Mind was printed as an edition of three sets of C-prints. One set is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography at the National Gallery of Canada.
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15.875” x 20” x 1.375” / Sans Frame - 15.25” x 19.25” (Width x Height x Depth)