A Memory Before Me shows fractured images of Vancouver, British Columbia a Pacific Rim city of sparkling new highrise buildings, condos on the water, blossoming trees, old Craftsman houses and white clouds against bright blue skies.
Alex Abdilla, Out of the Blue (2006), photographs, acrylic cases and metal [Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 5-28]
After shooting different locations in the city, photo-based artist Alex Abdilla cuts his photographs into fragments and uses ingenuous materials like acrylic card cases and steel rings to reassemble them.
The large-scale multimedia wall pieces are provocative and absorbing, especially for people familiar with the old Vancouver, as well as the new. In this exhibit, many pieces have a strong symmetrical balance, while others are delightfully idiosyncratic. As depicted in A Memory Before Me, the city of Vancouver shifts in scale, perspective and ideology as Abdilla explores his memories and personal sensations of Vancouver.
Abdilla studied illustrative design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (1995-1997). In 2000, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. His work is in private collections across Canada and the U.S., as well as the Canada Council Art Bank.