By Paul Gessell
A time machine has not yet been invented. So, the next best thing is to view Maggie Knaus’s remarkable photographs on exhibition at Exposure Gallery.
The Ottawa photographer has been travelling around the United States much of her life, initially as a restless child in the back seat of her parents’ car, and later, as an adult, pointing a camera at all the quirky architecture and objects on America’s backroads that serve as ambassadors from another earlier, blissful era.
Knaus’s dreamy images of 1950s fast food restaurants, fin-backed 1960s cars, art deco gas stations, giant ferris wheels, and bumper cars are souvenirs of a much more innocent and safe time we will likely never see again.
The exhibition is titled Keep the Car Running: Road Trip Polaroids by Maggie Knaus. The show was curated by Patrick Gordon, whose framing operation on the outskirts of LeBreton Flats has become the best friend of many artists in the capital area and an exhibition venue of note itself. (more…)