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Vancouver
Amy Fung
All That Once Was Will Never Be Again at Gallery 295
April 09, 2013

One of the newer exhibition spaces to spring up in Vancouver, Gallery 295 has a specific mandate to focus on furthering the dialogue of a photo-based arts practice. Situated behind an actual photo lab on East Second Avenue (which continues to be a burgeoning area for art as galleries from South Granville migrate and the imminent move of Emily Carr University to nearby Great Northern Way approaches), the latest and near invisible addition to the neighbourhood appears to be its brightest gem.



Gallery 295, installation view

Featuring a jam-packed line up of mostly emerging artists from a photo-centric community, the exhibition packs an optical punch by challenging traditional expectations of photographic representation. Not satisfied with employing a range of techniques from analogue hand processing to collage, these artists widen the spectrum to include sculptural embodiments and photo-paintings. Featuring works by Jenny G, Laurie Kang, Jacinthe Lessard, Andrea Pinheiro, and Patryk Stasieczek, the show harkens back to the material and chemical identity of photography, highlighting the medium's innate light sensitivity as a tangible quality.

The exhibition would have benefited from either more space or more editing. Kang's sculpture and collages could have taken up an entire wall. Stripping down the pretence of representation, she leaves us with an ontology of photography that holds signification through its own presence. Curated by Michael Love, a recent Concordia MFA graduate and Emily Carr undergrad, Gallery 295 bodes well for the future of photo-based works and maintains the discourse in Vancouver, albeit, through expanded trajectories and new lineages.


Gallery 295: http://gallery295.com/
All That Once Was Will Never Be Again continues until April 13.


Amy Fung is a writer and organizer who publishes nationally and internationally in journals, magazines, catalogues, and monographs in print and online. She is the Programs Manager at Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and her ongoings can be found at POSTpacificPOST.com and on Twitter @someasianbitch. She is Akimblog's Vancouver correspondent.

 

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