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Jessica Bushey: Raise a Building
George Vergette: Placate the Tiger

Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery(formerly Third Ave. Gallery)
Vancouver BC May 6-31, 2004

Jessica Bushey - Raise a Building No. 3
Jessica Bushey, Raise a Building No. 3 (2003), lightjet 5000 colour print, [Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 6-31]

In a new series of work, Raise a Building, Jessica Bushey documents the creation of a building over the period of a year. Her photos capture the construction site at rest, between shifts of workers.

Jessica Bushey - Raise a Building No. 4
Jessica Bushey, Raise a Building No. 4 (2003), colour print [Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 6-31]

Like the 19th Century photographers who were commissioned by Canadian City Planning and Engineering to document city development, Bushey both realizes and romanticizes the building process. The Vermeer-like fall of light unifies the settings and raises them to a classical level of pictorial veneration. The objects and scenes become personal, even intimate.

George Vergette’s Placate the Tiger makes strong use of metaphor in a series of paintings in the four-foot range. They show an innovative use both of materials – resin, enamel, acrylic, ink and oil pastel on panels – and techniques like glazing and dripping. Tigers, the subject matter, are rendered in a loose style and coupled with crudely scrawled text. Vergette deliberately choose the rough lettering to be confrontational. He seeks to position viewers as the tiger in each piece and provoke them with the challenging statements. The drips are intended to represent “trailing” or unfinished thoughts.

George Vergette, Placate the Tiger series
LEFT Flee (allies), RIGHT Flee (lovers)

George Vergette – Flee (allies)

George Vergette – Flee (lovers)


Mia Johnson

 Wed, Apr 7, 2004