Micaela Fitch Room
Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue

The Ottawa Arts Council presents Paralanguage, a photo exhibition by 2019 Project X recipient Gary Franks.

Paralanguage is a series of portraits featuring prominent and emerging Ottawa-area creators, celebrating our city’s vibrant arts community. Equal parts artistic project and an exercise in community building; Paralanguage seeks to uplift locally produced art by uplifting the artists who create it.

The portraits of Paralanguage were created through a collaborative process between the photographer and his subjects. Together they conceptualized, planned and rehearsed the portrait’s movement and poses. With exposure times ranging from 12 to 24 seconds, Gary Franks keeps count (e.g. One, two, three, four, five, switch) to guide the subject. With the use of low ambient light, the subject must maintain poses at certain points in the exposure for their image to register on the Polaroid film. The resulting effect combines overlapping figures and the languid trails.

Opening Reception

September 12, 2019
6 pm - 9 pm

Exhibition continues to November 15, 2019

Opportunity to meet photographer Gary Franks.

Light refreshments will be served.