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Erik & April Photo Project 2009

ERIK & APRIL

Photo Series by Tony Fouhse in collaboration with & exhibited @ La Petite Mort Gallery

 

Statement:

‘We are all voyeurs. Who hasn’t wanted to watch someone else in the act? Let’s be honest. To have permission, or doing so without their knowledge… both can be incredibly stimulating, especially with the chance of getting caught. Photographer Tony Fouhse invites us in the bedroom of April & Erik, a couple who let us catch them in the privacy of their bedroom, and to share their rawness, their passion, and their beauty.

Erik & April were my own discovery & infatuation. I had an ongoing sexual & extremely voyeuristic relationship with the pair, which was more addictive, for myself, than any drug I’d ever ingested in the past. I watched them, touched them, kissed them, tasted them and photographed them fucking. I shared these images with Fouhse (with the couple’s permission) who in term re-interpreted the scenario, in what some called “Perfume Ads”, but I see them as intimate as what I experienced, but at another level’   – Guy Berube, 2009

 

Artist Statement:

APRIL + ERIK: LOVE SHOTS

April and Erik invited me and my camera into their bedroom.

As usual, there was no plan. I just wanted to see what would happen, what the photographs would look like.

I had no expectations. Even though my photography is very much about directing, I’ve learned that situations and dynamics always take on a life of their own. For me, photography is still about discovery.

I thought I’d be photographing sex. What I discovered was love. Not the holding-hands-while-walking-into-the-sunset kind of love.

April and Erik’s love is more real than that.

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I would like to thank April and Erik for their generosity, their openness and honesty. And, most of all, for their love.

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TONY FOUHSE, Ottawa, Canada

BORN: Ottawa, 1954

EDUCATION: Hillcrest High School

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013

LIVE THROUGH THIS, Carleton University Art gallery, Ottawa

LIVE THROUGH THIS, ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

2012

ANGELENOS, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa

 

2011

USER 2010, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa

 

2010

I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I, Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa

AMERICAN STATES, Exposure Gallery, Ottawa

USER, Pikto Gallery, Toronto (featured CONTACT exhibition)

USER 2010, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa

 

2009

APRIL + ERIK , Gallery La Petite Mort, Ottawa

USER, IPS Gallery, Montreal

 

2008

BESIDE THE PASSAIC, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa

 

2006

THERE, Gallery 101, Ottawa

 

2004

CALIFORNIA, Galerie La Bouchon, Paris

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013

CRITICAL MASS (touring), Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia and The

Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida

HEART of the MOMENT: works from the permanent collection, Ottawa Art Gallery

APPLIED, Exposure Gallery, Ottawa

 

2012

THE PRESENT, Oz Studio, Toronto

CLOSE TO HOME, recent acquisitions, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

 

2011

HUMANKIND, Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

PLACE AND CIRCUMSTANCE, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

 

2010

NUDES, Abnorma Gallery, Poznan, Poland

EVOCATIVE OBJECTS, The Bytown Museum, Ottawa

 

2009

SNAP ’09, The Edward Day Gallery, Toronto

 

2008

EVIDENCE, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

HOLGAWORLD, PhotoMedia Center, Erie, Pennsylvania

 

2004

THE WORLD, Angel City Gallery, Los Angeles

ROCK THE VOTE, SAW Gallery, Ottawa

 

BOOKS

LIVE THROUGH THIS, published 2012 by STRAYLIGHT Press

 

COLLECTIONS

The National Photo Collection, Belgium (2 USER images on display)

Canada Council Art Bank

City of Ottawa Art Collection

The Ottawa Art Gallery Collection

Archives of Ontario

The National Photo Collection, Canada

Private collections

 

PUBLISHED (Features)

 

American Photography magazine, October 2013 (Live Through This)

TIME Magazine, LightBox, July 30, 2013 (Live Through This)

New York Times LENS blog, June 11, 2013 (Official Ottawa)

American Photography 28, 2012

British Journal of Photography, November, 2011 (article on collaborative portraits, LIVE THROUGH THIS)

Esquire Magazine (Russia), November, 2011 (15 USER photos)

CV PHOTO, SUMMER, 2011 (10 page spread on USER)

American Photography 27 (2011)

American Photography 26 (2010)

The New York Times (USER, July 22, 2009)

Fade, The Netherlands (2009)

Vie des Arts (2008)

Newsweek Japan, 2008 (6 page spread on USER)

LifeLounge, Australia, 2008 (6 page spread on USER)

Carte Blanche, Magenta Foundation for the Arts, 2006

 

Many newspaper articles and reviews.

 

GRANTS

 

Canada Council Travel Grant (2013)

OAC Exhibition Grants (2010, 2009, 2013)

City of Ottawa Arts Grant (2010, 2012)

Recipient of THE KARSH AWARD for PHOTOGRAPHY, 2010

 

SOME LINKS

New York Times: Official Ottawa

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/official-ottawa-an-unofficial-portrait/

 

TIME magazine: Live Through This

http://lightbox.time.com/2013/07/30/live-through-this-documenting-one-womans-struggle-with-heroin

 

New York Times: USER

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/showcase-25/

 

LPV magazine: Live Through This

http://lpvmagazine.com/2013/04/live-through-this-by-tony-fouhse-stephanie-macdonald/

 

CV Photo (précis of feature on USER)

http://cielvariable.ca/recent/88/88fouhse.htm

 

Ottawa Citizen: USER

http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/09/23/tony-fouhse-hangs-user-one-final-time/

 

Ottawa Citizen: Karsh Award

http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2010/09/18/portraits-of-tony-fouhse/

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