Untitled (Black Monochrome with Grey), 1967/2007
acrylic on canvas
229 x 51 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Photo: Scott Massey, Courtesy Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography
VANCOUVER, BC • Vancouver Art Gallery • Ongoing
The Canadian contemporary artist Ian Wallace was among the first to use large–format photography in the 1970s, equating photography with the scale of cinema, advertising and history painting. This has been significant in elevating photography to the status the medium represents today. For Wallace, pairing fundamentally contrasting media—the visual emptiness of the painted monochrome against the visually dense, documentary nature of the photographic image—demonstrates a thorough and sustained reflection on the nature of representation as a method to construct meaning in the world.
The exhibition, which spans two floors of the Gallery, is accompanied by the most comprehensive publication on Wallace's practice to date. This fully–illustrated, 352–page volume, co–published with Black Dog publishing, is organized in concise sections that mirror the motifs present throughout the artist's work.
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