Lisa Klapstock is a photo-based artist living in Toronto. In her work, she focusses on everyday places and the ways they are occupied by people.
On a visual level, Klapstock investigates what she describes as “mechanisms of seeing” and the role of the camera in affecting and challenging the way we view and experience our surroundings. Her photographs and videos explore the boundaries between abstraction and realism, and seek to reveal the complex relationship between photographic depiction and visual perception.
Klapstock’s early work examined the hidden environment of Toronto’s back lanes and drew attention to the fragile boundaries between public and private realms. Recent subject matter includes views of private gardens, man-made and natural landscapes, and populated tourist sites.
Klapstock has exhibited widely in North America and Europe as well as participating in residencies in The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, and Banff, Alberta. Her work is in corporate and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Musée de la Photographie, Chaleroi, Belgium; the Kamloops Art Gallery; and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Between 2004 and 2006, Klapstock’s work toured Canada in a solo show entitled “liminal” that was accompanied by a hard cover monograph of her work.