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Phyllis Schwartz's Blog

  • Tue, 21 May 2019 05:07:15 +0000


    What You See Is What You See is an on-going series of evocative abstract Procion dye drawings. Using a variety of techniques to make marks on paper, my 2-D forms take both recognizable and ambiguous shapes. I often rely on pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of recognizing familiar patterns and forms, to guide me to a finished drawing. Frank Stella’s minimalist, abstract paintings inspire the title of this series, but in my work, I seek a sense of more playfulness. 

    My body of work intended to be playful and engaging. Through my exploration of materials, I hope to inspire questions that will drive viewers into their experimental artistic quests. Seeking to express whimsy, surprise and the opportunity for viewers to bring their own experience to my artwork, I hope my work piques their imagination and perhaps leads them to artmaking. 

    I maintain an on-going drawing practice using an artist notebook where I explore techniques and materials. These are pages where I experiment and accept the results. Sometimes, they are rehearsals for a project. I regularly contribute sketchbooks to the Brooklyn Art Library, which are on permanent display when they are not on a touring exhibition. Periodic Opus Art Supplies Drawing Challenges inspire many of these drawings. Selections of these drawing have been exhibited in a Small Press Event in the Winchester Gallery (Winchester, UK) curated by Dimitri Pieri and the Port Moody Centre for the arts (Port Moody, British Columbia). I am also the Vancouver Sketchbook Project Coordinator, a collaborative project between the University of British Columbia Community Field Experience Practicum and the Vancouver School Board that promotes daily drawing in elementary school classrooms.

    This new work will be showcased and for sale at the NINTH ANNUAL MID MAIN ART FAIR on Sunday, June 9 (11 AM- 6 PM) at HERITAGE HALL, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC.
    FREE tickets at Eventbrite  FREE ADMISSION

  • Thu, 02 May 2019 07:16:42 +0000

    And It Ends with a Book
    Thirteen Arguments (Blurb Publications)

    Natural Alchemy, Formulation of Time and Art! Vancouver have come to a close. The works in these exhibitions have continuing plans.

    Selected Lumen Prints from Natural Alchemy will be showing in an exhibition opening at Leigh Square in July and a Lumen Print Workshop will be featured in Port Coquitlam’s Culture Days. Selections from Formulation of Time will continue to be on show and for sale at Lipont Place.

    The visual dialogue presented in these three exhibitions continues in Thirteen Arguments, a Blurb Publication. Thirteen Arguments is a dialogue between plant-based Lumen Prints made by Phyllis Schwartz and Scanographs of spent botanicals by Edward Peck.

  • Sat, 20 Apr 2019 06:30:03 +0000

    Three Exhibitions — closing soon

    Sassamatt Images are showing at Lipont Art Centre in Richmond, CityScape Community Art Space in North Vancouver and Art! Vancouver during April. All three exhibitions are visual contemplations of the full cycle of natural growth, transitions and regeneration. Like spring flowers, they bloom quickly and yield to summer foliage and salad days. So too, these exhibitions will be closing soon.

    Natural Alchemy(CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale, North Vancouver) contemplates the forces and cycles present that shape the natural environment. Work in this exhibition documents the intersection where natural materials meet, how they affect each other and challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form and the ephemeral. Closes Saturday, 04 May.

    Formulation of Time(Lipont Art Centre, 4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond) displays a poetic inquiry into the fleeting grace in the life cycle of natural flora. The Anthropocene epoch raises questions about what we are seeing, the need to continually look again at the human impact on the ecosystem and the nature of our own impermanence. Closes Tuesday, 30 April.

    Art! Vancouveris an exhibition of 500 artists and galleries showing work at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Vancouver Lipont Place present selected works from Sassamatt Images. Check it out 25  – 28 April (Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place).

  • Sun, 31 Mar 2019 04:21:00 +0000

    Formulation of Time — photographing the ephemeral

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    In British Columbia, where vegetation is abundant, the symbolic meaning of plants’ life cycles is ceaselessly reflected in artworks. Lipoint Place (4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond),  Formulation of Time is an exhibition that showcases the interpretation of this theme in the experimental photography of Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, Desirée Patterson and Sand Wan.
    Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck are artists whose practice contemplates the full cycle of natural growth, transitions and regeneration. They use plant-based materials to create photo-based works of art that speak to issues of permanence and impermanence. Their work has the capacity to engage viewers to contemplate ephemerality, change and transition in the ever-changing natural world. Phyllis Schwartz will exhibit plant-based Lumen Prints, and Edward Peck will exhibit high-resolution, plant-based, abstract Scanograms.
    Desirée Patterson’s Point De Fusion series depicts natural landscapes and plants that appear to be melting into abstraction. With a high aesthetic value, the series aims to connect viewers by evoking a sense of awe and wonder, with a prophetic underlying current. The title, Point de Fusion, references the melting point of an object at atmospheric pressure; the moment when its physical state changes and it becomes a liquid. As the landscape begins to thaw, the idea of motion is implied in an image that once was still.
    Sand Wan’s large-scale, black-and-white Immortality series emphasizes the seemingly tranquil but everchanging forests along the Pacific Northwest coast and Fraser River. With black-and-white photography, which lends timelessness and classic quality to his images, he captures the forests in their prime time and the trees’ last resting place along the coastline where they lie as driftwood.
    Saturday April 6, 2019 2-4pm: Public Opening & Book Launch
    Exhibition hours: April 6 – 30, 2019 Free admission
    – Monday – Friday 10am-5pm, weekends by appointment.
    – Also open during Art! Vancouver on the weekend of April 27 – 28, 10am-5pm.
    – Closed on Good Friday April 19th.
    Lumen Print Workshop by Phyllis Schwartz
    Saturday, April 13th, 11am – 3pm (12-1pm beak for lunch)
    Admission $15/person
    Registration is required:
    The workshop is participating in the 2019 Capture Photography Festival and supported by London Drugs Printing Grant.

  • Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:59:37 +0000

    Natural Alchemy — contemplating time, form and the ephemeral

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    Natural Alchemy — a group show that contemplates the forces and cycles present that help shape our environment — opens Thursday, 21 March at CityScape Community ArtSpace. The work in this exhibition documents the intersection where natural materials meet, how they affect each other, and how they can challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form and the ephemeral.
    The paintings, prints, photography and  installation in this exhibition highlight 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. Presenting artists Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, Katherine Duclos, Pierre Leichner,  and Willloughby Arevalo incorporate organic and plant-based materials, as well as natural processes to help shape the outcomes of their compositions.
    Featured in this exhibition are Lumen Prints by Phyllis Schwartz and and Scanograms by Edward Peck. Schwartz makes hybrid camera-less photograms that leave traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. Plant enzymes and atmospheric conditions interact with creating alchemical results on the surface of the paper and sheet film, leaving X-ray like marks of shapes and interiors. These Lumen Prints are primal, hovering on the cusp of poetry. 
    Peck’s series, Arrangements, is drawn from discarded bouquets, set aside as they wilted but to still full of colour, shape and still in transition, perhaps always in transition as decay eventually rekindles life. He took these discards and after some contemplation, arranged them into compositions, in which he explored their new colours, shapes and fragile state. These works were made using a high resolution scanner, producing a series of Maranasati meditations or a momento mori.
    Natural Alchemy
    March 22 – May 4,  2019
    Opening Reception: Thursday, 22 March (7 – 9 PM)
    CityScape Community ArtSpace (335 Lonsdale, North Vancouver)

  • Sun, 03 Mar 2019 05:47:09 +0000

    Lumen Print Workshop
    LUMEN PRINT WORKSHOP at North Van Arts on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon. Thank you to staff and volunteers, appreciating all the visitors who came to watch photomagic and ask great questions. NEXT WORKSHOP : Saturday, 12 April. Click here to register
  • Mon, 11 Feb 2019 06:47:32 +0000

    NEW WORK — North Van Art Rentals Show

    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.
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  • Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:15:38 +0000

    Longevity — now available at NORTH VAN ARTS RENTAL

    Longevity is a Lumen Print from a series of photograms made from plant materials gathered at Finn Slough, a tiny fishing community in Richmond British Columbia, Canada, where approximately 30 residents live in wooden houses along a marshy riverbank. The indigenous and cultivated plant materials used to make the photograms reference a community that is inextricably connected to the environment and persistently adaptable to the encroaching built environment that challenges its existence. Of particular interest are the ginkgo leaves, an ancient plant that has adapted to environmental transformations or thousands of years. The ginko tree, one of the most ancient plant forms dating back 2.5 million years, is a symbol of longevity. 170 ginkos survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
    Longevity is now available for rental or purchse at NORTH VAN ARTS RENTAL

  • Fri, 26 Oct 2018 05:49:12 +0000

    BC PEN — open to visitors

    BC PEN — open to visitors is a new Sassamatt Images gallery. It features a series of black and white photographs made during the BC Maximum Security Penitentiary openhouse in 1980 just prior to its decommission. The dark, structured confinement is pierced with slants of light that reflect on anything bright, and still the film grain is a collection of marks made by 102 years of anger, despair, and fear.
    These images are from an archive of black and white film negatives shelved for forty years, and working on them brought back both questions and memories. I wondered what would draw me to visit a place that contained memories of excruciating suffering, knowing that I do not release the emotional residue of these experiences easily. Revisiting the BC Penitentiary through my photography brought back memories of 1973 Riot followed by  hostage-takings in 1975 and 1976. My mind resurrected countless news stories about deplorable conditions, high staff turnover and the unforgettable friendly fire killing of Mary Steinhauser, a social worker who was outspoken about solitary confinement. Curiously, I was compelled to be among those who visited and witnessed this closing chapter in British Columbia correctional facility history and the end of century of draconian prison conditions.
    As I moved through this series of negatives I remembered how I was struck by the artificial presentation of the BC Penitentiary as a museum, explaining intake, routines, education opportunities and the transition to release. The kitchen displayed spotless counters and sparkling aluminum cooking equipment. The infirmary displayed specialized accommodations for inmate medical care. Most of the damage and debris from the final riot had been cleared away, and the cells were spotless. I was much more curious about the remains of the series of holes bored through cell walls, preserved for visitors. In the end, what remained was the architecture of confinement and the slants of light that pierced darkness on so many levels.
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  • Mon, 01 Oct 2018 07:23:51 +0000

    What You See Is What You See — Sketchbook Exhibition in Quebec City

    Scan 25Conversation — going in circles (Procion Dye Drawing)
    My passion for a sketchbook practice and sharing it afar has taken my most recent sketchbook to Quebec City for exhibition in the inaugural Biennale International du Carnet D’Artiste (BICA) presented by Société d’art et d’histoire de Beauport (SAHB).

    SAHB believes,
    An artist’s sketchbook is a very personal object inside of which ideas are freely growing, both technically and stylistically. Sketches, musical notes, doodles, collages, colors, marks, painting, tears, writing, watercolors, words, pictures, and memories unveil the most intimate part of the artist’s mind.

    My current artist notebook, What You See Is What You See/ Ce Que Vous Voyez Est Que Vous Voyez,is a project dedicated to visually explaining some of my Procion dye drawing techniques. It logs a series of techniques that I have discovered and finessed. Most of the time, I dry brush a page of paper with black Procion dye powder and use a variety of techniques and processes to enhance and manipulate line, form and colour intensity.
    What You See Is What You See/ Ce Que Vous Voyez Est Que Vous Voyez is an on-going series of evocative abstract Procion dye drawings. Using a variety of techniques to make marks on paper, my 2-D forms take both recognizable and ambiguous shapes. I often rely on pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of recognizing familiar patterns and forms, to guide me to a finished drawing. Frank Stella’s minimalist, abstract paintings inspire the title of this series, but in my work, I seek a sense of more playfulness.
    BICA opened 08 September and the exhibition continues through 28 October at Maison Tessier-Dit-Laplante, 2328 Avenue Royale, Beauport, Québec.
    Click to view slideshow.

Edward Peck's Blog

  • Sun, 07 Jul 2019 00:46:48 +0000

    Fried Egg and Peony
    Fried Egg and Peony
  • Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:00:31 +0000

    Solstice Evening
    Solstice Evening

  • Sun, 23 Jun 2019 17:39:03 +0000

    Eelgrass Estuary
    Eelgrass Estuary

    Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is found in marine estuaries throughout the Coast of the Salish Sea (Straight of Georgia, Straight of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound). They buffer the ocean currents as they approach shore, creating ideal habitat for fish, migratory water fowl, and countless invertebrates.

    Eelgrass beds acts as a filter to stop run off pollutants and sediments from entering marine ecosystems, and act as a berm protecting foreshore areas from flood. Just like the lush coastal forests, these underwater eelgrass beds produce oxygen and store excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Eelgrass is a traditional food sources for all coastal First Nations, and 80% of commercially important fish and shellfish are dependent on eelgrass for their survival.

  • Sat, 22 Jun 2019 19:53:44 +0000

    CPR1244 Reflecting

  • Fri, 07 Jun 2019 20:33:21 +0000

    Foral Network

    Mid-Main Art June 9th 11-6pm
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  • Fri, 31 May 2019 19:47:44 +0000

    Lilac Crazy Train
    Lilac Crazy Train

    Mid-Main Art June 9th 11-6pm
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  • Fri, 31 May 2019 17:35:56 +0000

    Boom AVA18 995
    Boom AVA18 995

  • Thu, 30 May 2019 06:12:11 +0000

    Taking Flight
    Taking Flight
  • Thu, 30 May 2019 06:10:12 +0000

    “Yes We Can”
    “Yes you Can”

  • Sun, 26 May 2019 20:57:07 +0000

    Final Moorage
    Final Moorage
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