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Phyllis Schwartz's Blog

  • Tue, 04 Feb 2020 07:35:55 +0000

    Ginkgo: longevity and endurance
    Autumn Dance
    (Dye sublimation print on aluminum made from a handmade negative made from a handmade negative using a Lumen Print process)

    I am a hybrid photo-printmaker who fuses the organic and technological elements of the natural environment. Using plant materials, I choreograph a process that allows an image to take on a life of its own in the development process. My hybrid prints are photograms made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. Plant enzymes and atmospheric conditions also interact with the surface to produce unexpected alchemical results on the surface of the paper or sheet film, leaving X-rays like marks of both their shapes and interiors. My Lumen Prints engage viewers on a primal level to look again, to make their own meaning from ambiguity. These impressions of the plant life hover on the cusp of abstract imagery and poetry. 

    Ancient Memory, my current series, began with an interest in the ecology of Finn Slough, a tiny, century-old fishing community in South Richmond, along the South Arm of the Fraser River. Although not indigenous to the region, she found several ginkgo leaves among horsetails and river grass. This inspired research into prehistoric plants, a list that includes ferns, horsetails, moss, and ginkgo. These plants, specifically the ginkgo, symbolize not only the endurance of the Finn Slough community but also the concept of longevity in the contemporary environment of wasteful consumer culture and environmentally destructive planned obsolescence. The discovery of two ginkgo trees that survived the Hiroshima nuclear blast came to take on additional symbolic meaning and interest as it stands in contrast to a North American devaluation of Elders, architectural history and tradition. 

    Finn Slough: Ancient Memory (Unique lumen print photogram on fibre)

    The contrast of endurance and longevity in a culture that values the transitory beauty of youth is reflected in the imagery created by ginkgo leaves, horsetails and ferns when used in the lumen printmaking process. This form of cameraless photography records impressions that are affected by unpredictable and uncontrollable atmospheric conditions. In this transition from ambiguity to composition, my eye-brain searches for a recognizable form, usually a pair of eyes. Scientists explain this as pareidolia, the phenomenon of seeing a man in the moon, dragons in clouds and faces in tree bark. My Lumen Prints work in this space to render smaller ambiguous pareidolic artifacts that engage viewers on a primal level to look again, to make their own meaning from ambiguity. 

    In a larger sense, my work is a poet’s inquiry into the nature of permanence and impermanence. 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. In developing this series, the question, “What remains?” is always in the forefront of my thoughts. My Lumen Prints featured in Natural Alchemy — collaborative visual art document 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. 

    Longevity
    (Dye sublimation print on aluminum made from a handmade negative made from a handmade negative using a Lumen Print process)
  • Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:18:04 +0000

    Time to Fall in Love with Art
    Longevity

    Eleven Sassamatt Collective photographs are in the North Van Art Rentals collection, five by Phyllis Schwartz and six by Edward Peck.  The two most recent acquisitions and one classic will be on show in Art Rentals Show, a salon-style exhibition of 200 new works. The exhibition runs 16 January – 15 February (Cityscapes, 355 Lonsdale, North Vancouver). Work on show is available for rent or sale. This is an excellent opportunity to buy more art and think ahead to Valentine’s Day.
    Longevity, a recent work by Phyllis Schwartz, is a selection from a series of Lumen Prints made at Finn Slough. Deep Confusion and Mingus’ Summertime, new works by Edward Peck are selections from Arrangements, a series of images that capture flowers as they transition from bud to bloom to death.

    17 January-15 February
    NorthVan Arts
    Cityscape Community ArtSpace
    335 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

  • Sat, 04 Jan 2020 09:17:08 +0000

    MORE COLLABORATIVE ALCHEMY
    Autumn Dance (dye sublimation print on aluminum made from a handmade negative/lumen print process)

    Collaborative Alchemy — plant-based visual arts continues its Lower Mainland tour. Opening 10 January 2020 at Place des Arts in Coquitlam, featuring new plant-based works by Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, and Phyllis Schwartz.

    Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, and Phyllis Schwartz are artists whose practice contemplates the full cycle of natural growth and transitions that are in an ever-changing state. They use plant-based materials to create works of art that reflect states of permanence and impermanence. They are choreographers and arrangers who have manipulated natural materials into compositions that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form and the ephemeral. 

    On exhibit are Phyllis Schwartz’ hybrid prints made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. Her lumen prints engage viewers on a primal level to look again and to make their own meaning from ambiguity. 

    Pierre Leichner uses plant roots and moulds in an exploration of our relationship with nature and the beauty of the life cycle. In Pierre’s work, the roots of plants become sculptural forms.

    Edward Peck’s photography addresses the symbolism of flower arrangements and the transformation of meaning when they are discarded. He explores the beauty that extends beyond our utilitarian use of these obsolete floral arrangements.

    Collaborative Alchemy — plant-based visual arts
    January 10 – 06 February 2020
    Works by Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz, and Pierre Leichner
    Opening Reception: Friday, 10 January (7 – 9 PM)
    Place des Arts in the Atrium Gallery
    1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, BC.

    Regular Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 9 pm; Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 1 pm – 5 pm
    For INFO: 604 664 11636 | http://placedesarts.ca

  • Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:20:55 +0000

    COLLABORATIVE ALCHEMY

    Phyllis Schwartz, Pierre Leichner and Edward Peck are artists whose practice contemplates the full cycle of natural growth and transitions that are in an ever-changing state. They use plant-based materials to create works of art that speak to issues of permanence and impermanence. They are choreographers and arrangers who have manipulated natural materials into compositions that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form, and the ephemeral.

    The Amelia Douglas Gallery is presenting their interactive exhibition of plant-based 2D and 3D visual art invites viewers to contemplate ephemerality, change and transition in the ever-changing natural world. Phyllis Schwartz exhibits plant-based lumen prints, and Edward Peck exhibits two-dimensional high- resolution plant-based abstract compositions. Pierre Leichner has installed his Root Laboratory. This includes a growing area, documentation space, display and drying areas. This installation strives to create a space of collaborative alchemy and experimentation with plants that will grow into sculptural forms during the course of the exhibition. It is designed to immerse the viewer inside the work and reveal the beauty of the process from emergence to decay

    November 1 – December 14, 2019
    Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
    Artists’ Talk: Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    Amelia Douglas Gallery: Fourth Floor North, Douglas College
    700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
    Monday- Friday: 10am – 7:30pm
    Saturday: 11am – 4pm


  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 04:00:19 +0000

    LUMEN PRINT WORKSHOP — photography without cameras

    Saturday, 28 September (10:30 am – 3:30 pm)

    The Gathering Place in the Michael Wright Art Gallery
    #200-2253 Leigh Square 
    Port Coquitlam, BC

    Finn Slough — Ancient Memory (Lumen Print: unique camera-less photogram)

    Presented by Phyllis Schwartz. Celebrate Culture Days by participating in a hands-on, family-friendly Lumen Print workshop. Lumen Prints use a camera-less process using photosensitive paper, organic materials, and the sun. Participants will learn to create two unique Lumen Prints, one to keep and one for display. Registration is required for this free workshop as space is limited and spaces are filling quickly.

    Register online at http://www.experienceit.ca using course code #37491 or call 604-927-7529.

  • Sat, 03 Aug 2019 06:56:34 +0000

    Permanent Impermanence​
    Bent (Edward Peck), Finn Slough: Ancient Memory (Phyllis Schwartz), Finn Slough Graffiti (Phyllis Schwartz), Grassroots Worker #2 (Pierre Leichner)

    The Outlet Gallery at Leigh Square presents Collaborative Alchemy, an exhibition of Lumen Prints by Phyllis Schwartz, scanographs by Edward Peck and wheatgrass sculpture by Pierre Leichner. We are artists who contemplate the full cycle of natural growth and transitions that are in an ever-changing state. We use plant-based materials to create artwork that speaks to issues of permanence and impermanence. We are choreographers and arrangers who manipulate natural materials into compositions that challenge viewers to contemplate time, form, and the ephemeral. This installation strives to create a space of collaborative alchemy and experimentation with plants that will grow into sculptural forms during the course of the exhibition. It is designed to immerse the viewer inside the work and reveal the beauty of the process from emergence to decay.

    Opening Reception — Thursday, 08 August (5 – 7 pm) at the Outlet Gallery (#110 – 2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam). Exhibition runs thru 29 October 2019.

    Lumen Print Workshop — Saturday, 28 September (10:30 am – 3:30 pm) presented by Phyllis Schwartz. Celebrate Culture Days by participating in a hands-on, family-friendly Lumen Print workshop. Lumen Prints use a camera-less process using photosensitive paper, organic materials, and the sun. Participants will learn to create two unique Lumen Prints, one to keep and one for display. Registration is required for this free workshop as space is limited. Register online at www.experienceit.ca using course code #37491 or call 604-927-7529.

  • Tue, 21 May 2019 05:07:15 +0000

    WHAT YOU SEE is WHAT YOU SEE

    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

    Click to view slideshow.

    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: https://lumenprints.eventbrite.ca
    The workshop is participating in the 2019 Capture Photography Festival and supported by London Drugs Printing Grant.

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  • Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:28:11 +0000

    Feel Like Going Home
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  • Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:51:29 +0000

    Bloom 12, Coast Collective Gallery
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    Still Standing Weeping Without Crying
  • Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:15:24 +0000

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    Entangled
  • Thu, 09 Jan 2020 01:35:15 +0000

    Collaborative Alchemy – an exhibition of plant-based visual art

    Collaborative Alchemy – an exhibition of plant-based visual art
    Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz
    Photography and Sculptures in the Atrium Gallery
    Date: January 10 to February 6 • 2020
    January Exhibitions Opening Reception, January 10 • 7pm to 9pm • 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

  • Wed, 04 Dec 2019 06:14:09 +0000

    Tidal River Perils
    Tidal River Perils
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  • Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:54:04 +0000

    Brock House Beach
  • Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:34:59 +0000

    Playa Betty’s Umbrella
    Playa Betty’s Umbrella
  • Wed, 30 Oct 2019 06:19:28 +0000

    Collaborative Alchemy

    Amelia Douglas Gallery Presents, Collaborative Alchemy

    NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 14, 2019

    Works by Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz, and Pierre Leichner

    Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 1st, 2019, 4:30 – 7:30 PM 
    Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. 
    Regular Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am – 7:30 pm; Sat. 11 am – 4 pm; Closed Sunday 
    Live Music, Refreshments, no-host bar and artist talk, in the Amelia Douglas gallery on the fourth floor North. INFO: 604 527 5723 DOUGLASCOLLEGE.CA/ARTSEVENTS

    Phyllis Schwartz, Pierre Leichner, and Edward Peck are artists whose practice contemplates the full cycle of natural growth and transitions that are in an ever-changing state. They use plant-based materials to create works of art that speak to issues of permanence and impermanence. They are choreographers and arrangers who have manipulated natural materials into compositions that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form, and the ephemeral. They are presenting an interactive exhibition of plant-based 2D and 3D visual art that has the capacity to engage viewers to contemplate ephemerality, change, and transition in the ever-changing natural world. Phyllis Schwartz exhibits plant-based lumen prints, and Edward Peck exhibits two-dimensional high-resolution plant-based abstract compositions. Pierre Leichner has installed his Root Laboratory. This includes a growing area, documentation space, display and drying areas. This installation strives to create a space of collaborative alchemy and experimentation with plants that will grow into sculptural forms during the course of the exhibition. It is designed to immerse the viewer inside the work and reveal the beauty of the process from emergence to decay.

  • Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:37:34 +0000

    “2120 South Michigan IV” and “Blackwater Side”

    “2120 South Michigan IV” and “Blackwater Side” are now on display at the Vancouver International Airport. These two pieces are part of a show opening next at the Amelia Douglas gallery on November 1st, 2019. The show features pieces from this series as well as the works Phyllis Schwartz and Pierre Leichner.

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