Currently, I am fascinated with water as contemporary iteration of our tribal needs and dependencies. During the Roman Empire, the control and use of water through systems of viaducts and baths for sustenance, personal hygiene, recreation and socialization in large part defined western civilization. The Swimming Pool series (currently in progress) consists of triptych photographic assemblages of pools built within the last 60 years throughout the city of Toronto. The consistency of perspective invites viewers to compare and contrast architectural components of each given space, while contemplating the role and purpose of contemporary pools as mirrors to those of our classical ancestors.
In general, my photographic practice documents the physical (and by implication) the psychic spaces integral to our acculturation to 21st century life. Although my work borrows many of the visual conventions and tropes from branches of science such as anthropology, my subject matter choices are highly subjective. I primarily focus on elements of education (both secular and sectarian) as well as recreation and entertainment.
Adrian Fish is a Toronto born photo-based artist and educator currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Adrian holds an MFA from York University, as well as undergraduate accreditation from OCAD University in Toronto and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, ON. His work has been shown nationally at numerous public institutions, artist-run centres and commercial galleries in cities such as Calgary, Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as internationally in Atlanta GA, Brooklyn, NY, Chelsea, NY, Columbus, OH, and Tokyo, Japan. Adrian is currently Assistant Professor in the Division of Media Art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is represented by Tatar Art Projects in Toronto.
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