Reception: Friday, January 17, 8PM – 11PM
In the UAS Main Space
By painting on found family photographs, digitizing them, and printing them on a large scale the work in Between Then and Now attributes contemporary importance to forgotten analogue snapshots.
The act of replacing certain photographic information with new information in the form of paint takes place on the scale common to snapshots. The process of scanning the altered snapshots digitizes their patinas, embedding the paint in the past with the photograph. The addition of “real” paint on top of the scanned paint speaks to the immediacy and tactility of the current moment, giving the work a relationship to the present. These manipulations to the snapshot suggest more meaning than the directness of the photograph can provide, feigning understanding for a moment we cannot truly know.
Installations explore the complex act of looking at photographs through the manipulation of mirrors and a found stereoscopic viewing card. They dissect the photographic moment, evoking some compelling relationships between photography and time.
Between Then and Now presents a body of mixed media and installation work that considers the fluid exchanges and multiform dialogues that occur between the act of photographing and the process of time. At the intersection of photograph and paint, devices of visual manipulation and display examine the complex act of looking and dissect the value of the photographic moment while simultaneously questioning how it relates to memories of the past. Between Then and Now is presented as part of Exposure: Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival.
Emily Geen is from the rural Okanagan Valley town of Lake Country, BC. She completed her BFA degree at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in 2012. Shortly after she moved to Calgary, where she pursued an independent studio practice for one year before moving back to BC to begin the MFA degree program at the University of Victoria in fall of 2013. She has exhibited throughout the Okanagan and currently has work traveling around southwestern Alberta in a group show organized by Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ TREX program.