Campbell River Art Gallery
The Campbell River Art Gallery is located in the Centennial Building downtown right beside the Visitor Centre in Tyee Plaza. There are two exhibition halls, a studio and a gift shop. Admission is by donation. The exhibits change every four to six weeks year round. They offer over 60 workshops, classes and artist talks for both adults and children.
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This Wednesday we will be hosting a half-hour lunchtime Interpretive Talk through our exhibit Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art with our Curator of Contemporary Art Jenelle Pasiechnik. Bring your ideas and your lunch along with you while you infuse your work week with some powerful art to feed your soul. Meet us at 12:30 in the main gallery; admission by donation.
This is a great chance to see Behind the Lines - there’s only one more week to see this show (on until July 3rd). ... See MoreSee Less
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UPCOMING EXHIBIT: FIONA ANNIS
We are looking forward to hosting Montreal-based artist Fiona Annis to the CRAG this summer in a thought-provoking solo show of her recent photographic work. This exhibition, Fiona Annis: a portion of that which once was everything, will run from July 11 to September 4. We invite you to attend the Opening Reception for Fiona Annis on Thursday, July 11 from 7 to 9 pm.
Annis recently completed a residency at the Museum of Astronomical Instruments in Naples, Italy where she explored the celestial themes of light and time and their relevance to photography. She combines and manipulates historical photographic techniques to create compelling images that challenge our conceptions of abstract art and photography. Her images are purposefully mysterious - we hope to provoke your curiosity to explore the unknown through this exhibit.
The stark contrast of light and dark in Dark Moon Crossing is thematic of Annis’ work. The central circles are clearly referenced by the title, prompting us to imagine planets and stars traversing the night sky in the abstract shapes, much like how we search for meaning in constellations. A closer look reveals various anomalies from the printing process. These peculiar forms in many of her works are actually a record of movements and light in the darkroom during the exposure process rather than an image of a physical object, bringing the unseen temporal aspect of photography to the fore as the subject.
This image was produced using the wet-plate collodion process which was invented in the 1850s. It produces a clear, reusable negative on inexpensive glass. The hand-processed plates use silver nitrate, requiring Annis to rely on 19th-century recipes to mix the chemicals. The entire process from the few-seconds-long exposure to the image development in the darkroom must be completed in under 15 minutes. The chemicals are sensitive to blue UV light, making the images show up darkened in areas where warm colours would be and without differentiation between blue and whites. Compare a 19th-century example of this process with Annis's work below.
Arts and sciences are often considered to be polar opposites, but there remains an inherent curiosity that drives creative expression and the quest for knowledge. This crossover is also evidenced by the material history of photography, namely the development of astronomical instruments such as telescopic lenses which were used in early cameras. Both astronomy and photography are still striving to expand the human capability for seeing and understanding. Annis’s work reveals just that.
By using historical techniques, Annis can evoke a sense of mystery and wonder. However, photography was used to scientifically record from the beginning, not just as a creative medium. There were even debates as to whether photography could be considered an art, as it simply “replicated” reality without an artist’s hand. We now know that a photograph doesn’t fully capture reality as we experience it. By examining the process of photography and our historical relationship with it, Annis calls to attention how we so easily take our perception of reality for granted.
Annis is interested in exploring and capturing what lies beyond the visible and observable. Photography can make visible what isn’t to the naked eye through advancements in technology, just as art has the same capacity to express emotion and imagination.
Fiona Annis, Double Moon Crossing, 2016, C-print enlargement of wet plate collodion.
Charles Bayliss and Bernard Holtermann, Lavender Bay, Sydney Harbour, 1875, from collodion glass negative, State Library of New South Wales. ... See MoreSee Less