What does it take to become an exhibiting member of ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax’s first and only photography gallery?
The Gallery’s newest members will be sharing work from their application portfolios in an exhibition entitled NewPoints: First Impressions. Josh Boyter, Phillip Joy, John McCarthy, Jan Napier, Paul Vienneau, and Jarrell Whisken will give you a sneak peak into their artist submissions for membership consideration. The show will run from January 4th to the 29th. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 5th from 6 – 9 pm.
An artist talk at the Gallery on Sunday, January 15, 2 pm, will demystify the whole process of applying to ViewPoint and the advantages of membership. In addition, the exhibition process, from concept to proposal to launching a show, will be discussed. Exhibition space is available both to ViewPoint members and for biannual guest shows.
Josh Boyter is a quiet guy who dreams big; an academic by trade and photographer through passion. He believes that craftsmanship comes before perfection, and never wrestles an image into shape. Rather, he meticulously
fashions it. He has traveled through the nooks and crannies of the globe with the scars to prove it; inspired by the past, but not living it. He believes photography is not an action but an experience, and his images are matters of personal pride for those with discerning taste.
Phillip Joy is constantly intrigued by the secret lives of people in the teeming cities of the world, anonymous yet connected by the common threads of the human experience. He captures the fleeting moments of life so often taken for granted; whether it is a cigarette, a break from work, a nap in the grass, or some quiet inner reflections on a busy street, before they disappear forever. The mystique of travel, the energy of places, and the stories of the people within them are the driving force behind his creative process.
John McCarthy uses photography to capture life the way he sees it. He collects and archives moments in time that resonate with him. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, he has a deeply implanted love for the land, its people and culture, all of which inspires his photography driven by a keen sense of history and an enchantment with symmetry and shapes.
Jan Napier has a passion for travel that fuels her love affair with photography, with a preference for straightforward, graphic portraiture and generally with elements of bold colour. She hopes that through her photographs she’ll make people smile, capture fleeting dramatic moments, or inspire wonder but ultimately satisfy her own nagging need to explore the world and to document that beautiful journey.
Paul Vienneau was not deterred by the recommendation “do not go to Egypt in a wheelchair” and his adventurous nature took him there where he used his camera to document hidden details and interesting points of view. He connected with the Egyptian people in a profound and life changing way. A musician, bassist and teacher Paul suffered a devastating accident in 1991 resulting in his need for a wheelchair. He is a former Vice President and board member of ViewPoint Gallery, where at the former location he would drag his body up to the third floor to do his part. He hopes to return to Egypt one day.
Jarrell Whisken is drawn to powerful moody landscapes and the people who make their living from them, tough resourceful people – the perfect foil to his comfy urban lifestyle. Photography is what gets him up in the morning, usually well before sunrise and feeling most alive when standing in the shadow of a giant rocky shoreline waiting for the golden hour, a mug of steaming coffee in one hand and a camera in the other. Using movement, scale, lines, light and colour, he aims to capture beauty without trivializing the effect the elements wreak on people and objects and vice versa.