News - Exhibition "ICE HUTS" by Richard Johnson

04.2017 - If you are in Toronto, don't miss the largest exhibition of Ice Huts at White Wall North Gallery aka The Framing Depot. There will be more than 90 photographic prints on display. Join Richard as he discusses his process and shares stories from this ten year journey. A sample book will be there to view. Pre-orders will be accepted as several publishers are being approached. Food and drink will be plentiful.


White Wall North Gallery, Toronto CA
Opening Reception April 20, 6 to 9pm.
Artist will be present and there will be an Artist talk at 7pm.

Check Richard Johnson's Homepage
Direct link to the ICE HUTS
Q & A about the ICE HUTS series






With a background as an architectural photographer, Richard Johnson has spent a career studying and photographing buildings. His Ice Huts project is a natural extension of this, an examination of a particular type of vernacular architecture unique to the many regions of Canada.

Excerpt from Reflections on the Most Basic Building by Mark Kingwell: "And by considering, in this fashion, the huts as architectural form, Johnson has accomplished a number of significant and unique goals. He has, most obviously, created a stunning photographic record of a peculiar and apparently minor category of built form. Ice Huts exist all over the northern reaches of the globe, and their variety and ingenuity is quite astounding. And yet, there has been no sustained critical attention given them by historians or theorists of architecture." ... "As Thomas Johnson said, this is not survivalism in the apocalyptic sense, but it is about survival. When a storm blows up, as it might at anytime, the huts' precarious position is made evident. The horizon disappears in the snow, where there is no visual line between ice and atmosphere. Whiteness without depth or perspective blankets everything. And now the brightly painted hut is a beacon, an island, a ship struggling upon a hostile sea. Every one of us knows the feeling of profound relief and comfort that raises within us when, after exposure, we reach a place of shelter and warmth. It is perhaps the most basic of human responses, the way a smell of woodsmoke even on an urban street can transport us immediately to the campfire, the cave, the fellowship of temporary safety. The weather, that unruly god, has been placated once more. We will not perish today."

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