Are you sure? exhibition opens August 13

Posted on August 3, 2015
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Installation view of The Blanks, 2015

My first solo show opens at the Campbell River Art Gallery on Thursday August 13 in the Discovery Gallery.

Are you sure? is a work of graphic memoir, a genre I have been working in throughout my visual art and filmmaking practice. I’ve been using analog and low-fidelity formats such as photo-transfer, found photos and handmade books to explore the pitfalls of memory — the gaps, distortions and competing versions of the same events. I’m interested in how, like it or not, these mismemories in turn form new stories about the original events, and can even shape self-perception.

Many of the stories in this project revolve around my early childhood in and around the Comox Valley, so I’m delighted to be exhibiting in Campbell River, so close to my own personal history.

I’ll also be teaching a community workshop on August 15 & 16 on photo-transfer techniques. More info here.

Thanks to curator Julia Prudhomme and gallery director Kristine Anderson for all their support with this show.

I’m also happy to be exhibiting alongside the absolutely brilliant painter Suzo Hickey who will be showing Like the Back of My Hand, a new collection of her stunning urban landscapes. She’ll be in the Main Gallery.

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Installation view of Likes to show off, 2013

Opening: 6:30-9:00 pm, with refreshments!

Show runs August 13 to September 25.
Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 – 5 pm, open till 8:30 pm Thursday evenings
Location: 1235 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659847127586996/

Barcelona residency

Posted on August 2, 2015

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In April of this year I attended a two-week residency at Art Print Residence in Arenys de Munt, a small town outside of Barcelona. My wonderful hosts were Ariadna Abadal and master printmakers Jordi Rosés and Clàudia Lloret. Photographer Milena Rosés Lloret was my Spanish teacher and Barcelona host (and very helpfully advised me to make pa amb tomàquet—shown above—for breakfast).

I’m not a printmaker — this was a research and development residency for me — but it was such a privilege to spend time in Jordi’s and Clàudia’s print studio, where I could photograph them at work with fellow residents Marlene Moris, Jacqueline Aust and Kimberly Nguyen. Also, there were turtles.

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This trip was a big deal for me — my first trip to Europe, but also a much-needed break from the intensity of my studies. When I entered art school over six years ago (I am studying very part-time, it’s kind of like a really structured art practice), my approach to photography was one of experimentation and play. As I became more focused, I became less spontaneous and experimental and only produced work that had a concept, a reason for existing. Barcelona allowed me to get back to taking photographs for the love of it. I also did several pinhole photographs, and I’ll post a few in the fall.

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