On view at Vancouver Special until the end of July is my documentary photography series of Salton Sea in California. Salton Sea, explores the remnants of a now defunct resort towns in the Imperial Valley near Palm Springs. Following the accidental creation of an inland sea from an agricultural dam release in 1905, the Salton Sea became a tourist destination in the 1950's and 60's and was frequented by Hollywood celebrities such as Desi Arnaz and Frank Sinatra. However, the heyday of mid-century modern homes and yacht clubs was fleeting. Due to its position as the lowest elevation in the region, the water became inundated with toxic agricultural runoff and high levels of salinity, which in turn caused thousands of birds and fish to die. As quickly as the resort materialized, it vanished, leaving behind ghost towns of abandoned structures and signage.
24 x 36” unframed: $2450.00 (edition of 12)
16 x 20” unframed: $165.00 (edition of 20)
I've photographed many projects outside and around the Vancouver Art Gallery but this is the first time I've been able to document an installation inside. Amber Frid-Jimenez' (half of AFJD) multi-media installation, This Is Not a Test, was part of the gallery's largest exhibition, Mashup: The Birth of Modern Culture. Spread over all four floors, the exhibition explores the history and evolution of mashup culture. The show comes down this weekend so hurry and check it out!
My photography series Drive In will be installed at Main SkyTrain Station until spring/summer 2015!
Drive In is a series that was photographed during a 15 000km North American road trip in 2010. The series is a documentation of rural areas straining to keep up with current shifts in society, due to technological innovation and environmental effects. With an interest in the history and psychology behind place and popular culture, this series depicts overlooked landscapes and objects that struggle to retain their purpose within an evolving consumerist culture. Drive In examines the role of architecture in the modern world, its playfulness and the complex role it represents within North American culture and the natural environment. The architectural forms create a dialogue with the topography; while witnessing the fading pulse of an ideology that was based on an unsustainable model. This photography series is curiosity-driven, revealing echoes of what is left behind over time. Drive In explores the dialogue between architecture and its environment from a social perspective; of literal and metaphorical structures and the spaces it can unavoidably create around itself.
I have a few photos of the Staples House in West Vancouver in an exhibition this month at the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University. The reception is Tuesday, August 6th at 7pm and is open to the public so please come by and check out the work!
Photography and the
West Coast Modern House
August 7 to September 5, 2013
The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present Photography and the West Coast Modern House an exhibition that examines the relationship between photography and architecture from the 1950s to the present through the work of nine prominent photographers. The exhibition presents the work of Jim Breukelman, John Fulker, Arni Haraldsson, Krista Jahnke, Jack Long, Selwyn Pullan, Simon Scott, Martin Tessler, and Graham Warrington.
Since the invention of photography in the early nineteenth century architecture has been a favoured subject as photographers documented the ever-changing urban landscape. Photography has continued to play and important role in promoting and popularizing architecture especially in the post-war period. Photographers were able to capture the innovations of modernist design such as post and beam construction that allowed for large open interior spaces, the emphasis on the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces and the relation of the modern house to its site.
Beginning in the nineteen fifties, magazines like Western Homes and Living, commissioned photographers Graham Warrington, Selwyn Pullan and John Fulker to document the houses featured in the magazine. The photographs and accompanying texts allowed the average person to vicariously inhabit the spaces of these private residences and introduced them to the idea of modern living. Photographers not only popularized the new style, they also contributed to the success of local architects and helped West Coast residential architecture become internationally recognized.
The exhibition Photography and the West Coast Modern House, brings together a selection of mid-century works by Graham Warrington, Selwyn Pullan and John Fulker with works by contemporary photographers Simon Scott, Martin Tessler and Krista Jahnke who continue in the tradition of Vancouver architectural photography. The exhibition also includes works by Jim Breukelman and Arni Haraldsson both of whom have produced photographic series' that explore a more intimate view of the modern house . In the late 1980's Breukelman produced a series of photographs of post-war Vancouver bungalows entitled Hot Properties. While Haraldsson photographed three important modern houses inhabited by Vancouver artists BC Binning, Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith.
Exhibition curated by Greg Bellerby
Opening Reception: Tuesday August 6, 2013 at 7:00pm
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/166256466891086/
Vancouver Special is hosting a screen & meet for the newly released
documentary on west coast modern architecture, Coast Modern, that I have
a few photos in July 7th at Vancity Theatre, so get your tickets.
And I have a photo in the second edition of the book, THIS IS EAST VAN
and show at Interurban Gallery launching July 7th as well. With the after party
at Fortune Sound Club. So buy the book because it's for a good cause.
Looks like I'm going to have a busy night. I hope to see you all there!
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