Brian Howell: A Survey
During his 25-year career, the Vancouver photojournalist and artist has created a number of thought-provoking photographic series. His binners’ carts project — pristine studio shots of untouched shopping carts loaded with debris — is a study in consumption and waste. Howell often finds beauty in society’s problems. A more recent series, Burnt Forests, could be mistaken for Gordon Smith abstractions until you peer up close and note that those scrawled black marks on white are charred stumps and branches on snow covered mountain. Howell has also turned his medium-format camera on celebrity impersonators, minor-league wrestlers, and interiors of endangered newspaper printing plants.
Opens April 2, 2 to 4 p.m.; part of Capture Photography Festival | Winsor Gallery
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Holly Marie Armishaw: Repressions
The woman in Vancouver photographer Holly Armishaw’s series of photographs pushes against the frame and seems even to toss items right through it. The interplay between 2D and 3D realms is clever, and it intensifies the artist’s examination of femininity, fragility and anger. One of these visceral images depicts the aftermath of the woman punching the frame’s glass so hard it breaks and draws blood. “When you see a photograph in a frame on the wall,” Armishaw says, “it’s in its own little contained world. I want the person, the woman in these photos, to be interacting directly with the frame, the gallery, the viewers…”
Opens April 2, 2 to 4 p.m. | Chernoff Fine Art
Nanitch: Early Photographs of British Columbia from the Langmann Collection
For the first time, the public can view hundreds of historical B.C. photographs of early pioneers and indigenous people, street scenes of Vancouver and Victoria in the late 1800s, bridges and railways being built and much more. Some viewers will be inspired to reconsider colonialist narratives of progress; they’ll also note the important role the camera played in colonization. The entire collection, comprising some 18,000 photographs by such photographers as Hannah and Richard Maynard and Edward Curtis, was donated to UBC Library, by Vancouver gallerist and businessman Uno Langmann and his wife Dianne.
March 30-June 26 (reception April 16 at 7:30 p.m.) | Presentation House Gallery