Culture Days

I am proud to be participating in Culture Days at the Clearbrook Library on September 26. Culture Days is a series of events taking place throughout B.C. this fall. I will be on hand at this event talking about my new series that examines the tenuous reconciliation between industry and environmental preservation that hangs in the balance with current shifting political ideologies. My intent with this project is to juxtapose images of Arizona and Utah’s national parks on silver and copper metal leaf to highlight the balance between industry, mining, and environment.

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Polaroid Emulsion Lifts

I have had a lot of questions regarding my technique for Polaroid Emulsion lifts so I thought I would do a post to clarify. Firstly I use Impossible Project 600 film as the Polaroid film is no longer available. I scan my negatives and then use an Impossible Project instant lab to project the image to the film. With black and white I leave it to develop for ten minutes and then begin the lift process. 

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I cut around the image and then submerge it in cold water. 

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Then I quickly and carefully peel the back off. I find it's important to do this all quickly because the Emulsion is more prone to tearing the longer it is submerged in water.   

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I then let the Emulsion and front layer sit in the cold water until the Emulsion begins to get wrinkly. Then carefully peel the Emulsion off and let it float in the water ready for whatever receptacle the final image will be placed on. With paper I then put the paper in the water and remove the Emulsion layer on the paper and straighten it out with a small paint brush. This last step takes time as it can be slowly uncurled as the image dries.  

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Art! Vancouver

Art! Vancouver

Art! Vancouver is a four day event May 21-24 2015 at the Vancouver Convention centre which will feature local, national, and international artists and galleries including myself. It is the first international art fair held in Vancouver and will connect the international fine arts community all under one roof. I will be exhibiting five series including one never shown before. Some of the work shown will include the series: Profaned, Sublimity, Boneyard, Polaroid transfers, and 4x5" silver gelatin contact prints. Come on out for the art event of the year that should not be missed! To read more about the event and purchase tickets see http://www.artvancouver.net/ 

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Buy One, Get None

I am excited to be exhibiting a number of my silver gelatin Power and Progress photographs in this exhibit. The Silence of the Individual/The Voice of the Collective As young people, our individuality is often suppressed by corporate juggernauts who exploit our humanity. In today’s capitalist economy, consumerism prevails and demands our indentured allegiance. Oftentimes, its effects are pernicious, both to our social body and to our own spiritual well-being. As individuals, we often feel insignificant. We feel futile to such pervasive higher powers and, in response, often resort to resignation and to silence. As a collective group, we feel empowered. When we respond as interlocutors and participate in the collective conversation, we can challenge consumerism’s call for conformity. Our voice has the potential to resonate deeply in both our own lives and within the larger fabric of society. This exhibition aims to bring light to the struggle between our propensity towards silence as individuals and the desire for a collective voice in response to the deafening din of consumer culture.

The Lost

It’s with great excitement that I get to collaborate with Deborah Bakos in this upcoming two person show at The Cultch opening Wednesday August 27 from 6-8pm. It is a rare opportunity to show with someone who has a similar vision to my own and can execute it so flawlessly and with such skill. To   see more of Deborah’s work please visit deborahbakos.com. The exhibit runs from August 27-September 27, gallery hours are noon to 4pm ring the door bell for access to the gallery. I can’t wait to see you all at the opening!

Drain

8 photographs from the Profaned series are on display at The Reach in Abbotsford from January  23-March 30 2014. Come on out and see the thought provoking exhibit about man’s effect on the  environment.