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Runa Islam, Emergence

Runa Islam, Emergence (2011), 35mm colour film [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC – Jan 24-Mar 16] Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London

Dream Location: Walker Evans, Runa Islam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Elad Lassry, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter

Presentation House Gallery
North Vancouver BC – Jan 24-Mar 16, 2014

Elad Lassry, Women

Elad Lassry, Women (055, 065) (2012), C-print, painted frame [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC – Jan 24-Mar 16] Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles


Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Green)

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Green), colour Cibachrome photograph [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC – Jan 24-Mar 16] Courtesy McCaffrey Fine Art, New York


In a March 1962 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, esteemed American photographer Walker Evans published a photo essay entitled “The Unposed Portrait,” in which he identified the New York subway as a “sociological goldmine awaiting a major artist.” He urged artists to get out of their studios and become the next “Dickens or Daumier.”

Since then, photo-based artists have mined not only subways but all forms of public space for subjects. Nowadays, too, of course, are the people whose phones are also their cameras, and whose Facebook pages are their galleries.

An artist who has made numerous pictures in public space is Vancouver-based Stephen Waddell. He took Evans’s essay as a point of departure in curating this project, Dream Location, at Presentation House Gallery. Featured in the exhibition are works by international heavy-hitters Runa Islam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Elad Lassry, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter – as well as by Evans himself.

The exhibition’s aim, though ambitious, is simple: Waddell has extended Evans’s call for artists to forsake the historical and ontological preoccupations of the medium and, through an examination of how photography informs their practice, to push it forward, see where it leads.

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Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Green)

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Green), colour Cibachrome photographs [Presentation Houzzse Gallery, North Vancouver BC – Jan 24-Mar 16] Courtesy McCaffrey Fine Art, New York


 Thu, Feb 6, 2014