Requiem: This work comprises digital images of a sculptural tableau of natural and pseudo-natural elements and photographic projections of animal specimens and threatened landscape. I had the pleasure of access to the teaching collection of animal specimens at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC where I was able to examine their shelves and drawers of bird, mammal, and insect species. It was fascinating and also somewhat sad to gently handle and photograph their bodies; I was amazed to note how similar some of the small mammals and birds were to humans as they lay in their silent sleep.
I am saddened, angry and frustrated by the global lack of action on environmental degradation and species loss. Every day, it seems, we are confronted by a new species at risk and another conscienceless proposal to drill, rip, disturb, and destroy our ecosphere and its inhabitants, collateral damage in late capitalism’s frenzied consumption of everything. I despair that we no longer seem to have a sense of the interconnectedness of all life, an awareness of humanity’s place within the cosmos, and a respect for the other living beings that share the world with us.
I am delighted to have accepted Director Rex Bruce’s offer to become a represented artist at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. My work will be included in the LACDA 11 Year Anniversary Represented Artists Exhibit running from April 9 – May 14, 2015 in their huge new space in downtown LA. For more information about the LACDA, click here.
For an account of my earlier visit to LA as one of the winners of the 2010 Digital Art.LA International Exhibition, click here and here
I was delighted to be asked to provide projections for the Laura Reznek ‘Who Came Before Us’ CD Release Show at Renegade Studios in Vancouver. Laura is a local up-and-coming singer/songwriter whose piano stylings and smoky vocals captivate. She and her band entertained the crowd in front of a screen on which my photographic projections provided a visual counterpoint to the musical proceedings. Along with Laura on piano are Hayato Kubo on drums, Mark Brown on bass, Samuel Romero on guitar, with Jocelyn Hallett & Bronwyn Malloy on backup vocals.
Awesome fun! For more information on Laura, click here.
I have been invited to participate in Electron Salon at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art this July, opening on July 10 in conjunction with the the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk which draws up to 20,000 people. The receptions on July 10 will be the featured event for the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles along with other special exhibits for that night at other locations nearby.
During the July run of the salon Artillery Magazine is premiering “On Guard” a video of thoughtful interviews with museum guards on July 19, which is also a Downtown Film Festival event. Editor Tulsa Kinney, filmmaker Josh Herman and some of the museum guards themselves will be present giving talks. The Electron Salon exhibit features artists focused on digital art and photography and raises operating funds for their new location. This exhibit will be in the largest of four separate exhibit areas in the new LACDA gallery.
A selection of photographic art by Wendy D, Lisa MacLean and Tehya MacKenzie Exhibiting Oct 1 – 12 / Oct 22 – Nov 2, 2013
From Oct 1 to Nov 2, The Cultch Gallery will be displaying works by Lisa MacLean, Tehya MacKenzie and Wendy D. Tehya MacKenzie, through symmetrical images of worker bees in man made environments, explores our constantly evolving relationship with the natural world. Lisa MacLean echoes this concept through different methods, using techniques such as infared photography to explore the ways in which the technological sublime and the urban pastoral affect our connection to nature. Wendy D’s photographic set exposes the human emotions that manifest when someone is presented with a chance to just scream. Sometimes humourous and sometimes serious, Wendy’s art shows us just how rarely we’re encouraged to express great emotion.
Visit the gallery from 12 – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, or 12 – 4 pm on Saturdays. Ring the doorbell to gain access to the gallery.
My works are part of a series entitled Urban Pastoral focusing on Vancouver’s seaside landscapes. In this series my interest is in the ways pastoral green spaces such as parks, gardens, nature walks, forest preserves and others reconnect humans with nature and how such spaces might change with global climate change, high waters, and heat. A constellation of forces, including economic pressures, climate change, rising sea levels, extreme weather, and shoreline erosion, is affecting coastal areas worldwide. In Vancouver, the consequences of these changes for our society are beginning to register in the collective consciousness with recent reports that our city is one of the top ten around the world threatened by high waters. In this series of photographs I use unnatural coloration or technological processes (such as infrared photography) to suggest our mutating relationship with nature and its consequences. Images of natural beauty console us that everything we love about our everyday environment is not being lost, while the slight psychic dislocation caused by the technological interventions – curious colour palette and image inversions – hints at decay and dissolution.
Two of my photographs have been selected for Photohaus Gallery’s juried exhibition of night photography The Dark of the Night. The top image entitled Beyond the Flesh Dress is one of a series of works I did in ruined and abandoned cave houses in Ibrahimpasa, Cappadocia, Turkey. For more information on this work click here
Below is one of a series of photographs documenting an installation and performance entitled Amed Beach Mandala, created on the beach in Amed, East Bali. For a video of the work, click here. For more information on this project, click here.
Two of my works, Allegory and Right Before Her Very Eyes, 1992, are currently on display in the Chancery building of the Canadian Embassy in Chile. The works were purchased for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s visual art collection in 1995 from the Malaspina Printmakers Society in Vancouver. For more information on this work, click here
Video of my Theatro Florae installations at the Gumusluk Academy. Soundtrack Zeb Sufism, remixed by me.
I was fortunate enough to be an artist in residence at the Gumusluk Academy in May 2009, a “thought farm” located in a small fishing village on the Bodrum peninsula in Turkey. While there, I constructed a number of installations with local flowers, vegetation, and found objects on the Academy grounds and around the area. For more information on this project, see my page here.
To read more about my time in Gumusluk, click here and go to the May 2009 blog archives.