Buried Gateways (2015) is a series of photo prints that attempt to explore the aesthetic connections between painting and photography. The images themselves are printed versions of scanned, found 4×6 glossy photographs that were buried in plastic covers in a friend’s garden in Vancouver for over a year. The original content of these amateur photographs ranged from vacation photos to snapshots of paintings. By decomposing these photos through exposing them to natural elements, the photos begin to take on a painterly quality while still maintaining various aspects of the original photographic image. Given this organic decomposition, the photo prints in Buried Gateways, aesthetically speaking, lie somewhere between abstract painting, photorealism, and photography.
Back to the Land
Scans of physical photos that were found decaying in a friend’s basement. The photo album that contained the photos was left abandoned and forgotten by the original owners.
Streets of Decay
Scans of physical photos that were found decaying on the street.
July 23 – August 22, 2015. “Buried Gateways.” Presented in Broken Colours at Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario. Curated by Ben Portis.