Darkroom Group’s ‘striking’ old-fashioned photos in Surrey Art Gallery’s new exhibition – Cloverdale Reporter


At the Surrey Art Gallery, a new exhibition focuses on the alternative and traditional photography techniques of The Darkroom Group, whose members celebrate the slower, more labor-intensive methods used to traditionally produce photography. photographic art.

Open on December 4, “The joy of photographic printing” the collection is visible until February 13. Free entry.

Visitors to the exhibit will encounter a range of “striking images” produced through the darkroom process, in which an image is developed by exposing certain types of chemicals to light, according to an event notice. The resulting photographs – of architecture, nature and still lifes – are “austere, beautiful and moving”.

Although digital photography is very popular today, the analog techniques exhibited in “The Joy of Photographic Printing” are still used by professional artists and amateur photographers all over the world.

Most of the prints on display were created by the gelatin silver process, a method of photography that dates back to the 19th century. Photographers produce gelatin silver, lith and pinhole prints by exposing a negative of an image, captured by digital or silver photography, on paper coated with silver salts. Other related methods such as platinum palladium, carbon transfer and even pinhole photography are also on display at the Surrey Art Gallery.

The images are a testament to the patience and insight of each photographer, said Rhys Edwards, assistant curator at SAG. But they are also a snapshot of a certain time and place, calling for a moment of reflection in the midst of the business of everyday life.

“We can take for granted today the ability to alter images to our liking on our digital devices by using filters or adjusting contrast, for example,” says Edwards. “But these methods were first developed in dark rooms. They require the extraordinary care of the photographer during the development process. It is up to the artist to decide which aspects of the image to emphasize. In this sense, traditional photography is reminiscent of drawing, painting or sculpture.

Located at 13750 88 Ave. (Bear Creek Park), the Surrey Art Gallery is also currently showing a two-channel video installation called “Naufragios”, by Manuel Piña. Presented until March 20, 2022, the installation (in Spanish for “shipwreck”) captures the artist’s concerns about utopia, migration and space.

“By editing images of the ocean, Piña’s work reflects on time and the creation of images,” says an event notice. “During the video, images of the ocean constantly twist and fragment. In the process, Piña creates dizzying geometric patterns. The project extends Piña’s ongoing investigation of the ephemeral and abstraction in lens-based media. His art speaks of strength and movement in the form of wakes, ripples and waves.

Look ahead, “Stories across the form line” is the subject of Surrey Art Galleries AssociationThe first Thursday of the New Year’s Artist Conference, featuring artist Alexander Erickson on January 13, starting at 7:30 pm Admission is free for the 90-minute event.

“Finding inspiration in his connection to the earth, Alexander Erickson creates paintings and sculptures that honor the stories of the past, present and future,” notes an article about the event on the city’s website (surrey.ca).

He will share his journey with the Northwest Coast form line and how he became fascinated with this art form. Each shape and line work together to convey a story heard with heart, mind and eyes, he says. “Let each room create or disturb the peace. “

Erickson uses both traditional and contemporary materials in his work. His preferred medium is woodwork, for sculptures, masks, panels and plaques. He also created pieces on glass, leather, canvas and paper.

A bio notes that Erickson is from the Dakelh and the Haisla. “He now lives with his family in Coast Salish territory known as KwitKwitlum (Coquitlam). He creates works of art that reflect the lineage of his Haisla origins while simultaneously reflecting current events. He has retained this passion from an early age. Alexander is self-taught, with minimal education before going to the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. His style is unique when describing stories, which reflects the impact the story has on him.

For more details on the artist, visit alexandererickson.ca. Surrey Art Gallery Association is online at sagabc.com. For more details on Erickson’s Thursday Artist Talk, call 604-501-5566 or visit surrey.ca.


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