Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Next Exhibitions - William Eakin:24Hours and John Lucas:Tram Portraits - Opening September 21

The gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of work by William Eakin, featuring his new series entitled, “24Hours” and our first solo exhibition by John Lucas entitled, “Tram Portraits” in Gallery Two.


Exhibition Dates: September 21 – October 19, 2013
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 21, 2-5 pm

When conceptualizing “24hours” Eakin was looking for insight into the idea of solar time through the medium of photography. Traditional photographs depict a moment of time with an implied before and after. His intent was to create an image/illusion in which he would be able to compress all time. The works in this series function as timeless icons; working with subjects stripped to the barest essentials, they present the opposites of circl

e/square, figure/ground, black/white and positive/negative. Watch faces that are photographed without clock hands confound one’s ability to “tell the time” and thereby permit one to contemplate a fuller sense of the idea of time.

24Hours 9257, 2012

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1952, Eakin is one of Canada’s most respected photographers. Eakin’s commitment to a career in photography has been uncompromising. He is regarded in Winnipeg, a city known for producing internationally acclaimed artists, as a mentor and a model of independence, influencing generations of young artists.
Eakin studied at the Vancouver School of Art from 1971-74, and then at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1974-1975. Eakin has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 1996 Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography, administered by the Canada Council. In 2009, he won the “Arts Award of Distinction”. This honour is bestowed annually by the Manitoba Arts Council upon the province’s most distinguished artist, and recognizes Eakin’s lengthy and significant contribution to the arts.

24Hours 5451, 2012

There is an extensive body of writing about Eakin’s work and he has exhibited throughout Canada, as well as, the United States, Australia, The Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan. He has had over 50 one-person shows, and throughout the course of his career, has participated in an equivalent number of group exhibitions.

24Hours 6942, 2012

Tram Portraits

Gallery Two
Exhibition Dates: September 21 - October 19
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 21, 2-5 pm

Made during his time in Riga, Latvia and Milan, Italy, “Tram Portraits” is a series of photographs that capture riders on public transit networks. Taken through the windows of streetcars, the images show passengers during their daily commute.

Untitled #5 Riga, 2011

During the 1970s, Lucas withdrew from a serious commitment to photography, finding it incompatible with the demands of a scientific career. In 1981, a journey to Russia inspired him to produce a series based on Polaroid and colour transparency film. However, it took until 2007 to bring this nascent project to life. Lucas’ Russian series was instrumental in shifting his interest towards a more painterly, formal, emotive, and sometimes abstract approach. Most importantly, it reenergized his lifelong interest in photography and became the catalyst for these tram portraits.

Untitled #1 Milan, 2011

In regards to this series, Lucas said:

My tram project began accidentally in 2009, with several cold and damp days in Riga. Faces behind glass, journeying – perhaps between work and home – and drifting in thought, half conscious of surroundings. In Milan, chosen for its extensive tram network, commuters were different, yet behind windows, they carried a similar sense of time suspended. Returning two years later to Riga and my strategic spot, I waited and watched to the echoes of nighttime trams clanking and grinding towards the Central Market.

Born in London, England in 1942, Lucas studied physics at the University of Bristol and the University of Sussex. He subsequently received a doctorate in materials science, and in 1970 left for Canada where he became a scientist and inventor for the telecommunications and resource industries. Lucas’ work has been seen in several solo and group exhibitions. His photography has taken him from factories in his home city of Montreal, to snooker halls in Asia.

Untitled #3 Milan, 2011

Note: The price lists will be made public on Saturday, September 21st, the day the exhibition opens.

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM

September 21

Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske (USA: 1950), 74 min.

September 28
Dir. Fred Zinnemann (USA: 1952), 85 min.

October 5
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner (USA: 1968), 112 min.

October 12
Dir. Richard Kelly (USA: 2001), 113 min.

October 19

Dir. Martin Scorsese (USA: 2011), 126 min.

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