September Exhibition at Tappo

I am pleased to announce that I am showing a selection of photographs “never could see any other way” at Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant from August 18 – November 2014 January 2015!.

It’s been an exciting process producing the pieces for the show. I made the shadow box frames with the help of my father and his workshop from fence board scrap. I had the prints produced with a new printer, Global Groen Productions (who are incredible and do more than print files!) on Hahnemuhle photo rag and I am thrilled with the results.

I’ll be hosting an artists’ reception September 18, from 7-9pm, drop by and say hello!


A Tresspass of Time and a little love from Montreal

I’m excited to finally announce my upcoming exhibition and artist talk dates tresspass-of-time-RForsey-MPP-Albanese-version-f-backfor A Trespass of Time at the Mount Dennis Toronto Public Library
(1123 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6N 3S3). The exhibition runs: July 13 – August 1, 2013 and there is an opening reception, artist talk and presentation
with MPP Albanese on July 18, July 25,  6-8pm.

I’m going to be extolling the value(s) of urban exploration photography and exhibiting some of my early work from my Urban Remains series (2006-2008) that I photographed in the York South-Weston riding: Kodak Toronto, Benjamin Moore Paint, Symes Waste Transfer, Bunge and the New York Pork Exchange. MPP Albanese will be giving a talk about the history of the sites I have photographed and others in the York South-Weston riding.

In other news, my exhibition Paysages affectifs at Galerie Youn was reviewed last week in Vie Des Arts and featured in a Montreal.TV webisode (that i was completely unprepared to be interviewed in, i prefer my side of the lens, but it was wonderful none the less)! The printed love from Montreal is pretty sweet.

More Local Ruins – another exhibition of photos by the TLR Club

Join the  TLR Club Friday November. 2, from 7-10pm at Balluchon Raymond Inc. for cocktails, killer coffee and snacks.

Photography by Richelle Forsey, Martin Helmut Reis, Alejandro Valencia, Kevin McBride and Colin Savage.
Balluchon Raymond Inc,  221 Sorauren Ave, Toronto, ON
Oct 12 – Nov 15/ 2012
Operating Hours: M-F 6:30am – 3pm, S&S 9am – 3pm

my first photo zine – a sneak preview before Canzine

I’m not new to the zine world, I co- published with great irregularity the zine Katalogue with Andrew Awesome and Ed Sinclair between 2004/2006. We usually held a ridiculous party with fortune tellers, bands, fashion shows, a celebrity museum, visual art and even once, about 100 stuffed animals wrapped in electrical tape (not our best idea).  Our mission  statement (compliments of the Vendart website):

“Katalogue is a zine devoted to the liberation and independence of the burgeoning underground art scene worldwide. Featuring illustration, text-based art, photography, theory, and fiction, Katalogue puts the concerned public in contact with the sympatico creative renegades who live to produce culture, not just to accept it. Not relying on a corporate obsessed curatorial committee, Katalogue functions as a manual, a gallery, a community, an experiment and a dialogue.

We support the right of every artist to put the meaning of their work before the concerns of monetary gain that many large outlets will make their primary motive to show or print. This is pirate radio for the page.”

In the Spring of 2006, we published an issue exploring the havoc Myspace wreaked on peoples lives and stopped publishing.

Fast forward to 2012 and my camera collective, The TLR Club and I are sitting on the remaining 200 copies of our self-published coffee table photo book (a run of 500 thank-you very much!) Modern Canadian Interiors and I remembered the wondrous world of Canzine. An annual event, Canzine is a festival of zine and independent art culture. It’s low-fi couture, it’s sexy buttons, on-of-a-kind art objects, indie publishing, t-shirts, art posters and a lot of unusual.

It’s enough to take a few books and mini-prints to Canzine, but I feel empty handed without a zine at my table and I’ve always wanted to make a photo zine, a high-key, photocopied booklet of images strung together by a suggestive narrative to be specific. I had just finished the 3rd chapter of Susan Sontag’s, Regarding the Pain of Others and couldn’t get Goya’s The Disasters of War out of my head. And so I appropriated several translated titles of Giya’s posthumously printed plates, mixed and matched my work with images from a roll of film I found (and devel0ped) in an abandoned house a few years ago and voila!: Archive Issue #1,  The Disasters Within.

Here is an out of context sneak peak inside. These two images are not paired inside (this is how they were booklet printed by InDesign), but I like the pairing. Now I just have to get to Kinkos/FEDex and crank-up the contrast and make it a zine!

Come get a copy on Sunday!

Canzine 2012
12-7pm, $5
918 Bathurst Centre, (918 Bathurst St., just north of Bloor St)


RMG Exposed 2012!

I am thrilled to be a finalist in the RMG Exposed! Photography Auction. That’s the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa ON,  juried photo competition!  The RMG is: “The largest public gallery in Durham Region, the RMG occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4000 works of art, four galleries of diverse & changing exhibitions, vibrant programs, Arthur’s on the 4th event space, gallery shop, library, and two art & education studios, the RMG is located in downtown Oshawa beside the main library and City Hall.”

They selected my piece “bombshell” that I shot in very abandoned, extremely decimated St. Agnes/Martyrs of Uganda Parish Church in Detroit MI.

RMG just released the 46 finalists on their website and the competition is fierce!

The RMG Exposed! Live & Silent Auction is Saturday November 10, tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

 bombshell, Detroit, MI