If prints could talk, Ocean Shores might tell the viewer that it is a trace and shadow of purple broom buds native to the craggy Pacific shore. Chamaecytisus purpureus, less prominent than the common yellow broom, is now considered an invasive plant consuming beachfront real estate.

It was the colour of this broom that first attracted me to collect a few sprigs for a series of Lumen Print impressions made on sheet film. What remained after a full day in the sun was a photogram that would be transformed into fixed images using sodium thiosulfate. Next, the sheet film was scanned and again transformed in a digital photography space where I constructed an image reminiscent of the plant material, the residual sand and the light falling on the shore at dusk.

Currently, Ocean Shores is among the 39 alternative process photographs on exhibition in unique: alternative processes at ASmith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas thru 14 January 2018. This exhibition affirms my interest in what constitutes a photograph and the experiments, historical and contemporary, which push the boundaries and yield unique results. When I agree to submit to an exhibition, I surrender, leaving curators and preparators to work their magic. In this space, the image is again transformed when set in a visual conversation among unique alternative process photographs selected by Christina Z. Anderson.

 

 

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There is something indescribable about holding a handmade object. It might not be perfect, but someone has crafted an object in hopes of handing it off to another pair of appreciative hands. When I can, I buy local, and I buy handmade, knowing that I have purchased something unique.

My ceramics is currently on show and sale at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, the Port Moody Art Centre and the Aberthau Pottery Sale. Know that each of my works embodies thoughts about craft, the enjoyment of music bouncing off my studio walls while I work late into the night and artistic risk. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Abrthau Pottery Sale
Saturday, 02 December, 10 – 4 pm, Aberthau Mansion, 4397 West 2nd Avenue

Winter Treasures 
thru 22 December,  Point Moody Art Centre, 2425 Johns Street,  Port Moody

Christmas Dove Ornaments 
thru 24 December,  Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright Street, Granville Island

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TRUTH AND BEAUTY Digital Gallery presents Illuminations, a selection of my recent lument prints. This exclusive, inaugural Online Exhibition aims to reach a broad international audience and enhance ongoing programming at the Vancouver gallery.

Illuminations, a series of Photograms, assembles impressions of materials placed on photosensitive paper using organic materias gathered from the beach, the forest, and the street. I record traces and shadows made by the various debris on sheet film. These handmade negatives are then digitized and transformed into an illumination of their original organic form.

Visit the DIGITAL GALLERY to enjoy this inaugural exhibition of Lumen Prints.

Turbulence
Pigment ink on cotton made from a handmade negative using a Lumen Print process

Art 4 Life at the Port Moody Art Centre is an interactive exhibition curated for a young (and young at heart) audience. Featured artwork is meant to inspire and engage young people while raising opportunities for active participation, discussion, cultural awareness and lessons on art appreciation.

The benefits of an arts education affect every area of life, and Art 4 Life is one such event in a lifelong journey of art appreciation. “Exposure to the visual arts, especially in these creative ways, expands a child’s awareness of the world and is a tool that can be used for learning in science, history, math, and more,” says Robert Frankel, director of museums and visual arts at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.

Art galleries offer unique community spaces where an audience of all ages can experience the power of art to transform how we understand our world and ourselves. I am honoured that two of my drawings and three of my clay sculptures are included in this exhibition dedicated to a young audience beginning the habit of art for life.

Art 4 Life opens 30 September (1-3 PM) at the Port Moody Art Centre (2425 St. Johns Street) and runs thru 01 November.

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Artist Property is protected in Canada by Access Copyright, but recently several larger Canadian educational institutions have chosen to read fair use in such a way that they do not feel obliged to pay to reproduce copyright protected material for educational distribution. The impact is huge. I’m a small scale writer and artist, but still, over the past two years, I’ve come to see a 30% reduction in my yearly residuals.

In today’s Access Copyright Newsletter, you will see that the “Federal Court of Canada upheld the rights of creators and publishers with its judgment on fair dealing, which has helped to clarify its application in the context of the educational system.”  In August, York University has chosen to appeal the court judgment against a recent decision in the artists’ favour.

This newsletter is clearly focussed on offering info about where this case is now and what you can do if there is an interest on the part of you/the reader of my post. Along with 3,100 Canadian writers, visual artists, actors, filmmakers and musicians, I have signed a public letter that asks Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, to keep creators central in upcoming changes to Canada’s cultural policies. It was also forwarded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and my own Member of Parliament. In my additional comments, I point out that if artists’ property rights are not protected, there is no Canadian culture and artists cannot afford to make the art the makes Canadian culture.

If you follow my work, you know that much of it asks, “What remains?” Hence, without the protection of artist property rights, what remains? A propos, you have also read two frequent blog endings:  The artist must get paid. Buy more art.

http://mailchi.mp/accesscopyright/bk3m7sxkmi-1116289?e=d83fef81fc

Eleven Sassamatt Collective photographs are in the Cityscapes Art Rental collection, five by Phyllis Schwartz and six by Edward Peck.  They will be on show in their September salon syle exhibition. The exhibition runs 08 – 30 September (Cityscapes, 355 Lonsdale, North Vancouver). Work on show is available for rent or sale. This is an excellent opportunity to buy more art.

https://nvartscouncil.ca/events-exhibitions/art-rental-show/

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From time to time, I incline my mind toward straight photography and assemble a  vaguely affiliated series of images. The Curated Fridge is calling for photographs that speak to their summer theme: I Wonder.

When I look through my viewfinder, I wonder about many things: will my photograph be the equivalent of what I sense (thinking about Alfred Steiglitz)? will my photograph endure my rigourous editing process? will I feel the same about this image tomorrow as I did when I released the shutter (Wordsworth’s emotion recollected in tranquility)?

Sometimes I ponder, speculate, or meditate with my camera, but best of all I like spontaneous moments that later reveal what the inner eye sees in a decisive moment. So, here I offer up a collection of photographic moments that I wonder about.

I leave these thoughts hanging on a prepositional precipice wondering about your thoughts and perceptions as you scroll through my photographic moments?

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Contemplating Water is a new gallery added to Sassamatt’s webpage. It features a series of photographs made on Chesterman Beach/Tofino, BC, focussing on water in its dynamic state.

Ever-moving water is ephemeral and transcendental. As it swirls, sputters, rises and falls, it returns to where it began. I look at water the way Alfred Steiglitz looks at clouds, contemplating how “to hold a moment, how to record something so completely, that all who see will relive an equivalent of what has been expressed.”

View Contemplating Water (here). 

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Announcing the opening of Clouds — a group exhibition

Opening Night Reception,  Thursday,  23 March (7 – 9 pm) at Cityscape Art Space in North Vancouver (235 Lonsdale) — featuring fifty-one artists interpreting clouds in a variety of media that range from beadwork to photography.

Among the many cloud musings is my spontaneous iPhone capture of sunburst lighting up clouds on Chesterman Beach/Tofino, one of those rare moments when the drama of light obscured colour to show the contrast between rain and surf.

Clouds will be on show  at Cityscapes Community Art Space through 22 April.

Chesterman Beach (iPhone image)

 

Another sketchbook is on the way to the Brooklyn Art Libary for the 2017 Sketchbook Project. Three streams of consciousness merge: hybrid monsters (real, imagined and augmented), an assortment of owls (scowl owls, wise owls and stylized) hidden and tucked into unlikely compositional elements and sketches of freeform climbers traversing, ascending and building stamina. Exhibition and touring details will be announced shortly. Nightmares — monsters, owls, and bouldering will soon be on view online; until then, nine digitized sketchbooks can be viewed here.

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