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Why is this a Sculpture?

Leslie Hewitt, American, Riffs on Real Time (10 of 10), 2008, chromogenic print, 102 x 76.2cm. Courtesy of the artist and D’Amelio Terras, New York. © 2010 Leslie Hewitt

“One of the aspects of photography that is really beautiful is that it transports you – you look at an image and you’re somewhere else. And I like to play with that a little bit and remind viewers that, especially when you think about a photopgraph as an object, it travels, it moves, its context shifts, whether it’s in a book or on a gallery wall, or hidden in a stack somewhere.”

- Leslie Hewitt, nominee for The Grange Prize 2010

Who will you choose? Vote for your favourite online at or inside the exhibition at the AGO beginning September 22!

The Grange Prize Videos – Leslie Hewitt on History and Her Process

The launch of The Grange Prize 2010 is just around the corner, and we’re celebrating by continuing to post new content to the blog to make sure that you’re informed and ready to cast your vote! Voting opens the Wednesday, September 22, the same day that The Grange Prize Exhibition 2010 opens at the AGO and all four artists appear at a free talk at the Gallery at 7pm! Be there!

In this video, American artist Leslie Hewitt discusses how considerations of history and time influence her practice, and breaks down her Riffs in Real Time series. Take a look!

Don’t forget! Vote, see the show, hear the artists, all on September 22. And the best part (well, a really good part) is that it is all free – the AGO is Free on Wednesday Nights after 6:00 pm!

The Grange Prize Videos – Leslie Hewitt on Photography and Time

In anticipation of the start of public voting on September 22, we’ll be posting a new video every day featuring one of the artists shortlisted for The Grange Prize all this week on the blog. Remember, you choose who take home the $50,000 on November 3, when the winner is announced at a free public ceremony at the AGO!

In the second video of this week’s series, Americann artist Leslie Hewitt discusses how concepts of time affect her practice, inform her ideas, and are threaded into her pictures.

See Leslie and the three other artists nominated for The Grange Prize 2010 in person at The Grange Prize talk, hosted at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall on Wednesday, September 22 at 7pm. Watch the talk, check out the exhibition, and vote for your favourite, all on September 22!

The Grange Prize Videos: Leslie Hewitt on Scale, Space, and the Snapshot

Over the past month, we’ve had a chance to sit down with each of the four artists shortlisted for The Grange Prize 2010 – Americans Josh Brand and Leslie Hewitt, and Canadians Moyra Davey and Kristan Horton. As we get closer to September 22 -the date voting opens – we’ll be posting a series of web videos featuring excerpts from these conversations.

In this video, Leslie Hewitt reflects on how considerations of scale and space affect her work, and reveals why she’s drawn to the informality of the snapshot. Take a look!

Stay tuned to over the next few weeks, where we’ll be regularly posting new videos and content, giving you the chance to get to know each of the shortlisted artists before deciding whose work will gain your vote on September 22!

Inside the artist’s studio (part 2): Josh Brand and Leslie Hewitt

Josh Brand’s studio is tucked way up at the top of a four-floor walk-up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is filled with books, plants, and stacks of bright yellow photo-paper boxes holding his experiments both current and past. In conversation with Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, Josh talked about where his ideas come from, how considerations of perception and memory influence his practice, and then walked us through his process in creating his unique photographic works.

The final stop on our whirlwind tour of the shortlisted artists’ studios was a visit with Leslie Hewitt in a studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is completing a one-year residency at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Leslie talked with AGO Assistant Curator of Photography Sophie Hackett about her interest in personal snapshots, the politics of Civil Rights Era photojournalism, and what sculpture and the body have to do with the work she makes.

You’ll hear a lot more from Josh and Leslie over the summer as we post video excerpts from these conversations right here on The Grange Prize blog. And, of course, you can catch the longer videos later this fall inside The Grange Prize Exhibitions at the AGO and the MoCP, Chicago. Stay tuned!