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A Selected Exhibition of

Capture Photography Festival

2021.04.23 - 05.28

Lynda Gammon

Passing Comments

Lynda Gammon holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University (1978) and an MFA from York University (1983). Her work has been exhibited in venues across Canada and beyond including; The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art (Toronto), Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria), The Galerie Jorge Alyskewycz (Paris), The Westergasfabreik (Amsterdam), Salle de Bains (Rotterdam)], Stride Gallery (Calgary)], Platform centre for photographic + digital arts (Winnipeg), Vu, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie (Quebec City), Oakville Galleries (Oakville ON); The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge). Her work is in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Legacy Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gammon lives and works in Victoria BC and is currently Associate Professor Emerita in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria. She has been the recipient of BC Arts Council and Canada Council grants and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. In 2004 Gammon established flask which is dedicated to the production and publication of books by artists and writers. She is currently a Board member of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Victoria Art Council.

 

Passing Comments, a wall collage of over 700 photographs, is a personal and poetic mediation on a particular feminist history by Lynda Gammon. Arriving to teach in a visual arts department in the mid-1980s, this work documents Gammon’s everyday life at work. Over the course of a decade, comments made became embedded in her mind. Examples of the comments include:

 

"you need to have a child, you should get pregnant – you cry too easily and when you cry the tears don’t run down your face they pop right out of your eyes – people don’t want to look at dark and depressing photographs, you need to make something more cheerful – you should wear more make-up, you used to, and it looked good – …."

 

As years went on, the artist began creating small figures using chopsticks, Styrofoam balls, and pipe cleaners and photographed these figures in various relationships to each other. She then also pasted the comments she remembered onto the photographs to recreate the poignant, absurd, and at times intense scenarios. Over time, the work grew to over 700 photographs with pasted text. All the photographs were then mounted on foam core, card and paper and were sometimes layered with digital colour, ink and paint. These works were then taped directly to the wall in a large patchwork configuration. Gammon titled the work Passing Comments as a reflection of her experience in the academic institution, and an ironic look on the seemingly incidental nature of the remarks.

 

Gammon’s artist book, Fisgard, is a selection of many of the images and ‘comments.’ It accompanies the exhibition Passing Comments.

2021.06.04 - 06.25

Tomoyo Ihaya

PATHS

Tomoyo Ihaya was born in Tsu-City, Mie, Japan and is based in Vancouver, Canada. Her works have been featured in solo and two-person shows in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, India, Canada, and the United States. She has also participated in artists’ residencies in Thailand, India, Taiwan, and Korea and has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council and the British Columbia Arts Council. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Ihaya holds a BA (German Literature) from Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and an MFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

 

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

From the artist Paths – a project across the borders:

My motivation for making this work was people whom I met and lived closely with in the countries where I visited in the past 17 years.

I have been in Canada for over 20 years now. I have travelled to countries such as Mexico, India, Taiwan and South Korea. In India, during my 22 visits since 2005, I became close with people in Tibetan communities in exile that lead to make a serious of works called ‘Drawings from Dharamsala”.  This serious brought me to Mexico, Taiwan and South Korea to have exhibitions and workshops.  In each community there were fellow humans with full of spirit of compassion and altruism to think about and do something about everybody’s well being and the world’s peace.  I learned a lot from my friends in all countries.

One day, I thought that it would be wonderful if I could connect friends from different countries who didn't know one another.  My thoughts grew bigger and bigger, and I came up with a plan to create a multi-language zine (booklet) by adding contributions by friends of writers from different countries and my works that I have produced in each culture with themes such as meaning of living, freedom,  compassion and empathy.

Even if they, living in separate communities and speak different languages, haven't met one another in person, they may be able to connect one another by reading writings and poems in each language. And one day, when friends in different countries meet in person, they may be able to work together on activities that make every corner of the world a peaceful and free place, as if they had been old friends.

Now that many lives have been sacrificed, human rights persecutions have increased in multiple pieces of lands, and there are many more people struggling to survive, I can only hope and pray for those sufferings to end. On the other hand, I strongly feel that this adversity is an opportunity to rethink the direction how we can live as a part of this interconnected world. I hope this humble project can be a small contribution for that.

 

Contributing authors:

Mika Funakoshi (Japan)

Youngju Jin (Korea)

Wen Shue Lai (Taiwan)

Robin Lawrence (Canada)

Tenzin Tsundue (India and Tibet)

Tsering Woeser (Tibet)

 

Editor-in-Chief: Leanne Johnson (Canada)
Designer: Myoung-Jae Lee(Korea)

 

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