Edward Peck's Blog - Sassamatt
  • 2019-03-20T17:33:48.958-07:00

    Natural Alchemy, Art Exhibition

    Natural Alchemy

    Cityscape Community Art Space

    March 22 - May 4, 2019
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm

    Presenting artists Willoughby Arevalo, Katherine Duclos, Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, and Phyllis Schwartz incorporate organic and plant-based materials, as well as natural processes to help shape the outcomes of their compositions. Through painting, printmaking, installation and photography this exhibition highlights the beauty, connectivity and impermanence of the biosphere and geosphere, helping us to understand how growth, decay, and geological processes play a vital role in shaping our environment.

    The Anthropocene is Earth's most recent anthropogenic geologic period. Humans have altered atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes. But is altered an accurate description of the process we are witnessing? These systems are becoming increasingly destructive as we wrestle with terms like "climate change" in disbelief; or should this term be "global destruction" better describe what we are witnessing?
    We are in a global crisis that threatens our very existence, and in a state of shock; our minds are watching a disaster unfold in slow motion, unable to act to preserve ourselves. Our leaders are clinging to old ideas and accelerating this destruction. Often while photographing a striking scene, I realize that what first fascinated me is not normal, but rather an uncanny opening chapter to a horror story where nature is turning on us. This exhibition, Natural Alchemy, contains images of some of those moments and places where I recognize the impending progressive disaster.
    The art exhibition Natural Alchemy, from March 22 to May 4th, 2019, contains works that reflect the forces and cycles of our environment. Anthropocene elements are now part of these forces and cycles three pieces of mind in this show such as Slocan River Flood, Sawmill and Tides Reach Sailing Centre reflect this directly. The Slocan River Flood illustrates the flooding that occurred all along Boundary Country in British Columbia, and Tides Reach Sailing Centre shows how the King tides are now overflowing Vancouver beaches into areas they have not been before. Sawmill is a reflection of one of the many things humanity is doing that has brought on these events.
    Every season brings a more and more explicit message that we need to adopt more advanced methods of coexisting within our fragile our biosphere. The good news is we have the technology to make this change within a 10-year span; now we need leaders to lead us there.
    Edward Peck

    Underwater Ranch Similkameen Valley, 2018 Boundary Floods

    Anthropocene Event at the RV Park Kettle River

  • 2019-03-19T10:10:45.306-07:00

    Arguments: hybrid photography
    A new book of hybrid photography has just been published, featuring Phyllis Schwartz's lumen prints and Edward Peck scanographs.

  • 2019-02-28T15:12:29.264-08:00

    Photography without Cameras

    Lumen Printing demo with Phyllis Schwartz

    Saturday, March 2  (1- 4pm)
    CityScape Community ArtSpace
    335 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
    Drop by CityScape Community ArtSpace during the North Shore Art Crawl for a fascinating opportunity to watch Phyllis Schwartz demonstrate the lumen printing process. Lumen prints are photograms made without a camera. In this demonstration, Phyllis will make photograms of plant materials, and show how they leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper. LumenPrint Demonstration Details
  • 2019-02-14T20:03:05.720-08:00

    North Van Art Rentals February 14- March 15, 2019
    Eight Sassamatt Collective photographs are in the North Van Art Rentals collection, three by Phyllis Schwartz and five by Edward Peck.  The two most recent acquisitions will be on show in Art Rentals Show, a salon syle exhibition. The exhibition runs 14 February – 15 March (Cityscapes, 355 Lonsdale, North Vancouver). Work on show is available for rent or sale. This is an excellent opportunity to buy more art and get in to the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
    Longevity, new work by Phyllis Schwartz, is a selection from a series of Lumen Prints made at Finn Slough. Seeding the Wind, new work by Edward Peck is a selection from Arrangements, a series of images that captures flowers as they transition from bud to bloom to death.
  • 2019-02-14T18:00:07.064-08:00

    Looking Out from Whiffin Spit
  • 2019-01-25T22:49:57.406-08:00

    A Breath of Colour
    Late January the low sun breaths colour into the evening.
  • 2018-12-19T16:13:18.906-08:00

    Isolated Salmon Stream a Mourning Sky
    Isolated Salmon Stream a Mourning SkyA few feet from the boulevard the stream emerges with a slow murmur and within yards begins to babble and splash down the hill, its vigour swells and spreads as it goes. Then reaching its lateral channel it hits an artificial berm and spreads out into a series of ponds. Looking for the sea, just short of the beach, twisting and turning it meets a steel sewer gate and is swallowed whole. Standing on the grate I wonder at this indiscretion of ours, and the magnitude of the loss.
  • 2018-12-09T11:41:44.160-08:00

    Winter Pond
    It is a confusion of seasons the rain falling on ice. It is midday and the sun is just above the horizon. Through the drizzle, the ice is imperceptible except where it is broken by the movement of the foraging of waterfowl.  The colours are intense in these brief days.
    Winter Pond
  • 2018-12-05T13:32:45.964-08:00

    Intricate Chaos and BalanceIntricate Chaos and Balance
    Intricate Chaos and Balance
    After the rains have lifted, a cold effulgent light penetrates a multiplicity of bifurcating limbs, an etching against the stillness of the pond. A thick woody trunk emerges from the turf its milkiness almost obscured by old wounds and moss, is its twisted frame a cantankerous reaction to the surrounding chaos?
  • 2018-11-25T10:58:17.841-08:00

    One Tree Dances
    One Tree Dances
    There is always one that dances. It has been raining heavily as the spent clouds begin to open with cracks of light then sky, reflections begin to shimmer and looking up I see a grove of trees but one is dancing. There is always one who dances, even on a sidewalk with the staccato movement of the rushing crowd. There is always an individual legato movement, always one who moves with elegance and fluidity. Like the sidewalk dancer here in this November grove one tree performs a rapturous pirouette against the sky.

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