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.
Final showing of the 2017 Fraser Valley Biennale at The Reach Gallery in Abbotsford. Opening reception is Thursday Sept 21 at 7pm.
The Fraser Valley Biennale continues in Mission August 2-19.
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.
I cut around the image and then submerge it in cold water.
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.
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.
This is the second showing of the Fraser Valley Biennale this time at the O'Connor Gallery in Chilliwack. This is a beautiful new space that integrates art and theatre under one roof. For this showing of the Biennale I have three Polaroid emulsion lifts from the "None" series.
Another interesting combination for an exhibit of art and science this time. I am again showing a selection of images from my "Boneyard" Polaroid transfer series. This exhibit is celebrating everything Polaroid and instant photography related including some alternative processes. It is a quirky and fun take on the traditional gallery environment for showcasing art.
Part of the joy I find in art is the unexpected, and this pop up exhibit taking place in Vancouver is just that. It is a mix of music and film photography that I have the privilege of showing a selection of "Boneyard" Polaroid transfers.
I am very honoured to once again participate in the Fraser Valley Biennale which will be touring the Fraser Valley throughout the year. The first stop on the tour is at Kariton Gallery in Abbotsford where I will be displaying two polaroid emulsion lifts from my "None" series. This exhibit focuses on the theme of place, land, and home and brings together artists from Langley to Hope.
I am participating in the second annual Art! Vancouver this year and from the looks of it this is going to be a very exciting festival! The atmosphere last year was electric and I can't wait to repeat that again. I will be in booth #132 right at the entrance and am exhibiting all new work. Some of which includes images from the series "None", polaroid transfers and emulsion lifts, and a new post card series. The exhibit runs May 26-29 and Canada Place in Vancouver. Thursday is the opening Gala from 7-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. You can purchase your tickets at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-vancouver-2016-tickets-18426540278?aff=eac2. See you there!
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/Read More
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.
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!
It is a great honour to be awarded the Young Contemporaries Artist of the Year award for 2104. Through the program’s generous funding I will be able to continue to work on completing my newest photo series, Power and Progress by documenting the ongoing expansion and development of energy transportation through British Columbia.
11 photographs from the Profaned series on display on Granville Island at the Performance Works Gallery. One can view the photos before performances at the theatre or by appointment.
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.
Sublimity, a show featuring photographs from my recent trip to Iceland and Greenland. Opening reception August 23 7-9pm at The Fort Gallery in Fort Langley.
The Profaned Series was featured in a write up on the Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society’s blog which is promoting emerging Canadian photographers.
Three works from Profaned series will be a part of “The Story of the Creative” exhibit in Long Island, New York running from July 25, 2013- September 10, 2013.