Toronto — Fine art photographer Chris Hutcheson has captured the elegance, sauciness and humour of Toronto’s vibrant small-stage entertainers in his photos of burlesque, wrestling and aerial performers.
To understand the depth of Toronto’s alternate entertainment community, his show, “Under the Carnival Tent: Burlesque Beauties, Bodyslammers and Big-top Talent,” is a must-see. The show runs from July 16 until Aug. 4 at the Hangman Art Gallery, 756 Queen St. East. Opening night reception is Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Performers will join Hutcheson at the opening.
“The small stage is home to a diverse, independent and creative group of performers who entertain and delight,” says Hutcheson. “I have enjoyed photographing them over the past three years and am always impressed by their professionalism and joy in what they do. I try to capture that in my photography.”
Born and raised in Montreal, the Toronto-based Hutcheson began his photographic career photographing landscapes. In 2010 he participated in a group project, photographing burlesque performers. Although it was meant to be a short-term project, the performers and the images that resulted captured Hutcheson’s imagination. Since then he has photographed burlesque performances in Toronto as well as Montreal, Victory Commonwealth Wresting and the Lunacy Cabaret. His work is in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States.
To view Hutcheson’s work, go to www.gardenofearthydelights.com. Hangman Art Gallery is an initiative of the Artists’ Network and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at www.artistsnetwork.ca.
A portion of proceeds from sales during the show will be donated to the Canadian Burlesque Hall of Fame and/or the Canadian National Youth Circus.
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