January 6th-31th, 2010 Robert Barriault, Peter Coffman, Eva Knoll, Diane Laundy, Allan Neilsen, Gary Worth
To kick off its 11th year of operation as a photographic artist collective, ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax begins 2010 with a group show introducing its most recent members.
As an organization, Viewpoint attracts artists from varied backgrounds for whom photography is often the only common denominator. This group is no different. Peter Coffman is an architectural historian for whom photography is a means of exploring his passion for the built environment. Eva Knoll is a mathematician who explores the relationship between mathematics and the visual arts. Neilsen and Worth are educators who find photography a meditative medium which serves well the exploration of ideas. Diane Laundy is a fine art photographer as well as a professional event planner. She is fascinated by pattern and detail and explores common themes she finds in both activities. Robert Barriault is a visual artist who uses photography to seek out what seems either out of place or perfectly in place in the landscape.
In this exhibition Allan Neilsen will present abstract images of light traces, the result of his experiments with slow shutter speeds and camera movement after daylight’s end; images that are at once vibrant, chaotic and surreal.
Gary Worth, who focuses on objects that appear to have an interesting history, has been motivated by the very idea of variety in the group and has pushed himself to find subject matter that he had not considered until now; images he hopes will inspire the viewer to find an imagined narrative.
Peter Coffman will present photographs that depict buildings in the Gothic Style; pointed arches, pinnacles, and spires that evoke the luminous and the divine, with hints of the otherworldly and the unsettling.
Robert Barriault is drawn to his subject matter by a word or by an object that seems out of place. He refers to the subject matter of his images as a language only the camera can understand.
Diane Laundy’s images play with visual patterns and perception, ambiguous subject matter, abstraction and perspective. They aim to tease, confuse, or lead the viewer in unexpected directions.
Eva Knoll offers photographs in unusual formats to accentuate her unique vision. She photographs natural and urban scenes. Her aim is to bring forward perspectives, textures and juxtapositions in the landscape which would otherwise go un-noticed.