C. 1983 – The Presentation House Gallery

JANUARY 27 – MAY 6, 2012
C.1983
Part I: January 28 to March 11, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, January 27, 7-9pm

MARIAN PENNER BANCROFT
KATI CAMPBELL
STAN DOUGLAS
ELLIE EPP
ARNI RUNAR HARALDSSON
LAIWAN
KEN LUM
MICHELLE NORMOYLE
ELIZABETH VANDER ZAAG
IAN WALLACE

Presented in honour of Kitty Heller, with generous support from her estate.

This exhibition looks at how artists in Vancouver worked with camera images during a critical turning point in contemporary art and a transformational time in Vancouver’s cultural history. The period around 1983 was especially vital in photographic art with the expansion of the pictorial conventions and the boundaries of the medium. The two exhibitions highlight conceptualist and experimental approaches taken up by local artists, bringing together works by key innovators, including what would later be described as the “Vancouver School”, alongside practitioners who were experimenting with camera images. The exhibition includes photographs as well as slides, video, film, transparencies, found materials, photo-silkscreens and books. The artworks, some of which will be recreated for this occasion, reflect the scope of approaches to photo conceptualism and experimental thinking about “image” and the nature of the photographic that was prevalent at that time.

These artists are acutely aware of the relationships between making and taking pictures, and often reference pictorial traditions from the histories of painting, cinema and mass media. The artists work with photography as a language, often combining image and text, and the codes of representation from mass media. They explore the enigmas of time and narrative through still photographs, sequences and the interactions of moving and still images. Perceptual experience and the camera as an instrument of vision is emphasized, and pictures are treated as “technical images that are significant surfaces produced by apparatuses,” as theorist Villem Flusser has described. This exhibition highlights that camera images are material screens derived from a photographic event.

Public discussions, film screenings and a publication will be produced in conjunction with this project.

Presentation House Gallery
333 CHESTERFIELD AVENUE, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC V7M 3G9
WED TO SUN 12:00 – 5:00 PM T +1 604 986 1351

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