Keith Cossey, a sailor and an artist, is fascinated by the mosaic of masts, spars, sails, cable and rope and the hardware that holds them together. In this exhibition, he captures the weave and the texture of the whole, the subtle details of the parts and the human hands which work them.
Opening Reception Thursday, March 3rd 6pm
Artist Talk Sunday, March 13th 2pm
The Board of Directors of ViewPoint Gallery is very pleased to invite
you to experience Keith Cossey’s premier solo exhibition in the Gallery.
The exhibition celebrates a rich maritime heritage with a visual
exploration of the rigging and other details of sailing boats. The eye
is led on a playful journey through the lines, shapes, forms, patterns,
textures, materials and colours of sailing boats and the people who sail
them. Cossey got a taste of the sea from saling adventures in a small
sailboat over five years on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and the
Bras d'Or Lakes. The images for this exhibition were created from a
voyage in the British Virgin Islands on the Arabella, a three-masted
schooner, and from two Tall Ship Festivals.
Keith graduated from the New York Institute of Photography receiving an
Award of Merit for his work. He enjoys exploring all types of
photography but leans toward the environmental and transformational in
natural and available light. Images are crafted using a combination of
photographic technique, deep intuition and appreciative inquiry of the
subject. To complete the creative process, the image is shared with the
viewer to evoke an aesthetic response in the ever-constant present.
Exploring the familiar with new eyes to celebrate the mystery, Keith’s
photography captures what he sees and feels in that unique moment when
he releases the shutter and creates the image.
Keith is influenced by his emotional guidance system and inspired by the
images and words of the master light painters. Alfred Stieglitz’
exploration of the familiar while documenting eternal relationships.
Minor White’s “conversations with light”. Ansel Adams' act of
photography bringing together all of the books he'd ever read, the films
seen, the music heard and all the people ever loved. John MacQuade's
contemplative approach to photography embracing Miksang's teachings of
"good eye", "flash perception" and "dot in space". Courtney Milne's
encouragement to see with new eyes in order to reveal the mystery, not
to solve it. Freeman Patterson's teaching that art precedes
consciousness and it sometimes takes five years to fully recognize the
creative value of captured images.
Keith uses a single lens reflex digital camera with prints made from
high quality printers, inks and papers. Images are crafted in camera
with a minimum use of post-production tools to achieve a compelling
statement and an engaging visual experience.
Keith lives in Halifax with his wife Penny and children Alyson and Sean.
Please visit his website to see more of his work at www.keithcossey.com .