Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Interiors/Exteriors for the New Year

Happy Holidays everyone! The month of December is coming to a close and that means new artists are on the horizon for the month of January! You have until Saturday to get your last visit with paintings by Rick Rosario and Dee Barsy because I will be setting up new work with photographers Ashley Gillanders and Timothy Dyck! 

Interiors/Exteriors: Selected Works by Ashley Gillanders and Timothy Dyck will be on from January 2nd to February 2nd with their opening night being next Friday January 7th. Join the artists for their opening night (7-10pm) and if you bring 2 non-perishable food items for Winnipeg Harvest receive 10% of your Stella's meal! 

Here's a little background on both the artists as well as a sneak peek into the work they'll be showing this month:

Timothy Dyck

 Regina 01 by Timothy Joel Dyck

Vimy 02 by Timothy Joel Dyck

Timothy Joel Dyck is a Manitoba artist, studying photography at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art.
He is a photographer interested in the overlooked, un-contemplated moments that surround us. Often the familiar paths tread or faces seen take on a new meaning when framed by a lens. Working under impulse as much as preparation, he has trained his eyes to react to seeing the same things in a different way. The forced symbiosis of past and present take on new meanings.
Understanding a medium that is as deceptive as it is representative, he maintains much of his practice in film. Using the square negative format of medium format cameras, he allows his process to imprint its “natural frame” on his final pieces. Hand printing is as much a part of the work as is the act of tripping the shutter.
What is shown is something that he hopes resonates with viewers. Silent moments that attach to someone’s mind, expressing visually what words cannot say.

Ashley Gillanders

Untitled by Ashley Gillanders 

Untitled by Ashley Gillanders

Working in photography, I have developed a major body of work called Interiors.  Within this practice, I attempt to use photography to redefine space, while exploring new ways of seeing.  My desire to photograph architecture and interior spaces stems from an early appreciation and awareness of surrounding environments, while aesthetic and technical choices are attributed to a preoccupation with control and manipulation.  This series is about the emotional weight that environmental design has over individuals.

            I have photographed various residences in Winnipeg, Manitoba to which I feel a strong emotional connection, familiarity and even nostalgia, which all play a significant role in the series. Using a digital camera, I attempt to capture the essence of a space, and to liberate it of initial (often negative) properties, while calling attention to splendor in the every day. Aesthetic decisions are based on formal design elements of the space, specifically color, texture, and lighting. The use of artificial lighting allows me to manipulate the feeling of the space, while uniting it stylistically with other environments within the same series.

            The knowledge that, aside from lighting, I leave the photographed spaces untouched is extremely important to this body of work. I find that the original allure of the spaces is retained in the photographs because are presented as they are found.

            Feeling the restraints of digital photography, I have recently used a 4 x 5 view camera to aid in the development of this series. This new process and the accompanying aesthetic shift has resulted in the development of both my technique and subject matter. While the main objective remains the same as it did in earlier work, my recent emphasis has shifted from capturing the overall feeling of the environment to the objects within the environment.

And a reminder to tune into Eat Your Arts and Vegetables (CKUW 95.9FM Winnipeg) from 5:30-6pm to hear current Gallery Ingenue artist, Dee Barsy, and I speaking with Derek Brueckner and Aleem Khan about our art and Gallery Ingenue!

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