Monday, 26 June 2017

Big is beautiful at Vancouver Art Gallery

Rodney Graham at Vancouver Art Gallery

Catch the glowing autumn light with a  light box in  Vancouver art gallery.

When the quality of light matters a light box may add something to the work. It has a very different feel to images on paper. More glossy. Magazine like in this case. Large enough to walk into.

I feel tempted to make all my work this way; but cost is prohibitive.

Another artist working in a cinematic way is Karen Bubas.

Her images make use of the ruckenfigur, but one that looks strangely out of place, posing questions about why she is there.

Enigmatic and pensive. Drawing the viewer closer.

cinematic approach by Karen Bubas

How can one achieve this in a book?

The photographs lead the viewer into the landscape, giving an illusion of three dimensions.

Ian Wallace plays with this idea, creating his own, modern version of 'history paintings'. The juxtaposition of photo and plain colour reference this illusion, and pay reference to modern abstract landscape artists at the same time.

I find this approach quite compelling as a means to discuss the difference between painting and photography.

Ian Wallace at Vancouver art gallery

I was also drawn to the work of Marian Penner Bancroft

Her collage of photos mounted as objects rather than 'windows' feature the site of a demolished book store.

The physicality of the paper curving top and bottom works well in drawing attention to the 2D medium representing a 3D space.

All of which adds to my concerns about the book as a valid way to present epic landscapes, or even as a means to make an impact in this fast paced, digital world.

The research will continue.....

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