Richard Johnson - Ice Villages
Run dates: December 2014 - April 2015
The "Ice Villages" project, now in its 5th year, began in 2010 when Richard encountered hundreds of huts grouped together while travelling in northern Quebec and Manitoba. It is part of a larger body of work, entitled "Ice Huts", which began in 2007, through which Richard is comparing the similarities and differences of ice fishing architecture across all of Canada's provinces. "Ice Huts" now consists of more than 700 individual huts from 9 provinces laid out in a typological survey.
Richard comes to fine art photography with a disciplined approach to image making from a 22-year career as one of Canada's preeminent architectural photographers.
Aided by the rigour of working for many years with a large format 4x5 view camera and sheet film, Richard has adopted a classic visual style influenced by mid-century masters Bernd and Hilla Becher. Prior to this, Richard worked for 15 years as an Interior Designer for several of Canada's leading design firms. His formal training is from Algonquin College for Interior Design and Carleton University for Engineering.
"Ice Villages" is presented as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015. The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming, January 19-25, 2015.