NewPoints: Six New Views January 7th- Feb. 1st, 2009 Opening reception: Thursday Jan. 8th, 6-9pm
The JP Ellis Trio will be playing jazz tunes.
Alison Beckett finds that nature brings out a calm, receptive alertness in her that is perfectly suited to the capturing of images. Her work is meant to illustrate her deep love of both the natural and the human world, and to express the beautiful and complex relationships that exist where the two connect.
Angela Carlsen's love of history, and the study of humans' impermanent constructions, has led her to the exploration and documentation of abandoned buildings. "In contrast," says Angela, "I'm equally drawn to the clean lines and forms of new architecture as our cities change and expand." Angela takes pride in creating her own unique vision of the structures that surround us and continues to expand her portfolio in many directions.
For Tom Curtis, the events of 9-11 led him to look inward and recast his life in line with his passion for photography, and specifically, wildlife photography. "I want to capture images of all creatures in their natural habitats," says Tom. "My portfolio yields a cornucopia of work which touch in on the wildest of kingdoms, including lions, leopards and zebras which roam the majestic land of Kenya."
Deborah Ferguson chooses the camera as a tool to capture the missed calm in our fast-paced lives. For this show, she explores different stages of trees and invites us to wonder what these co-habitants of our planet have endured
Scott Saunders is an interdisciplinary artist who uses documentary film-making, media-based installation, public projection works, photography and sculpture in his studio practice. For this show, Scott is showing photography of the Masonic Hall, the former home of the Halifax chapter of the Free Mason's society. The interior of the building, originally erected in 1924, is in the throes of intense transformation through demolition and renovations, to create business and retail space. Scott's photographs document the inevitable loss of significant architectural heritage within our city.
For Joseph Szostak, photography has provided both a way of seeing and of exploring environments ranging from his own backyard to foreign cultures and exotic locations. "Photography has also been my way of discovering elegance in the everyday world," says Joseph. "I'm inspired by beauty, by sparse architectural lines, by the ruggedness and richness of the natural world, and by reflections, abstractions and the painterly quality of light on surfaces." The images for this show are taken from the Buddhist worlds of India and Nepal.
THE JP ELLIS TRIO
For the past eight years, Mike, JP, and Patrick have played regularly throughout the city as the JP Ellis Trio. For several years, they appeared every Friday at Soho Kitchen in Halifax with the Arlene White Quartet. The musical fit between Mike, JP, and Patrick is so comfortable that the phrase "separated at birth" comes to mind.