Phyllis Schwartz's Blog
Sun, 04 Mar 2018 01:01:42 +0000Re-imagined Memories — family memories reconstructed
Two photo-based composite images have been selected for exhibition in Photobase: Re-imagined Memories, an exhibition of 25 diverse and inclusive artists who tell intimate stories of love, loss, family history, immigration, addiction and identity. Photobase is featured in this year’s Capture Photography Festival. Both of these prints are compositions that construct the identity of family members through documents and photographs.
Brooklyn Boy’s Dreams Come True references the old adage: get the job to get the car to get the girl. In this case, it is a constructed biography of my father’s early years layered on his birth certificate: his first job that paid enough to get a car to win the girl of his dreams. Militant depicts a heroic chapter of my uncle’s life. This image juxtaposes his two loves: his partner and his commitment to the fight for justice that led him to volunteer to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
Photobase, curated by Stfanie Wysota, will show at CityScape Community Art Space, a community gallery and project of the North Vancouver Arts Council dedicated to a belief in the intrinsic value of art to inspire, heal, to bridge sectors, generations, and cultures, and to enhance and enrich communities. Here is the link to the Facebook event for you to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/420194891743310/
The exhibition runs from 16 March thru 21 April (335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, Canada). Opening reception is Thursday, 15 March, 7-9 pm (Gallery Hours: M–W, F: 9 am–5 pm: Th: 9 am–8 pm; Sa: 12–5 pm).
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 02:38:52 +0000LIGHT SENSITIVE — opening soon
Gilbert, Arizona — 06 March – 21 April
LightSensitive 2018, an exhibition of traditional darkroom and alternative process photography, opens at Art Intersection on Saturday, 10 March (5 – 7pm). The selected works, according to juror scott b. davis, “…range from abstract images that defy our expectations of photography to others that affirm our belief in the medium’s inherent specificity.”
Two Lumen Prints from my Finn Slough Series will be on show in an exhibition of handcrafted prints by photographers working in the tradition of light sensitive creative processes. The organic nature of these prints made using materials gathered at Finn Slough reflect the quality of life in a tiny fishing community in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada where 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.
These Lumen Print photograms are made by placing plant materials on black-and-white photo paper, which were exposed to both sunlight and the elements for 48 hours during a December snowstorm and then processed in fixer. The atmospheric conditions affecting these prints were especially unusual, resulting in distress to the light sensitive emulsion, which can be seen in the unique marks on the photosensitive surface.
Light Sensitive will show at Art Intersection, a gallery and workspace in Gilbert, Arizona, that promotes the intersection of photography with related art forms. The exhibition runs from 06 March thru 21 April (207 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert Arizona). Opening reception is Saturday, 10 March, 5 – 7 pm).
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:40:16 +0000Winter Lumen Prints — Arizona Show
Two recent Lumen Prints have been selected for exhibition in Light Sensitive 2018, a signature exhibition of photography created using traditional darkroom and alternative photographic processes. Both of these prints were made using 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.
These Lumen Print photograms are made by placing plant materials on black-and-white photo paper, which were exposed to both sunlight and the elements for 48 hours and then processed in fixer. The plant enzymes and atmospheric conditions interacted with the photo-emulsion to produce unexpected results on the surface of the paper, leaving X-ray like marks on both their shapes and interiors. The atmospheric conditions affecting these prints were especially unusual — work that was set out on a cold December night was visited by a slushy snowstorm that was followed by freezing weather that adhered the prints to the developing table for an additional day of soaking up diffused light. Carefully, these prints were thawed and released; the impact of this distress can be seen in the unique marks on the photosensitive surface.
Light Sensitive, juried by scott b. davis founder of the Medium Festival of Photography, will show at Art Intersection, a gallery and workspace in Gilbert, Arizona, that promotes the intersection of photography with related art forms. The exhibition runs from 06 Marth thru 21 April (207 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert Arizona). Open reception is Saturday, 10 March, 5 – 7 pm).
Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:49:15 +0000Double GiftingClick to view slideshow.
Artists by nature are not hard-wired to boost, promote, or sell their work. Buyers usually want to know more about the works that attract their attention and perhaps purchase. That more can be the backstory, the technique or inspiration, and it is often said that it is not the work that is sold but the story that is bought.
For some artists, that conversation is difficult. In my own artist practice, all of this is the case. If I could bring that story to life in conversation, there would be no need for me to make a drawing, photograph, artist book or ceramic sculpture. I came to value (and now miss dearly) art school critiques because I learned how to speak more confidently about the backstory, techniques and inspiration in my artist practice. Having said that, this blog feels somewhat like shameless self-promotion, but it could also be a year-end summary of where my work can be found, where this work can be purchased.
TRUTH AND BEAUTY Digital Gallery presents Illuminations, a selection of my recent lumen prints. This exclusive, inaugural Online Exhibition aims to reach a broad international audience and enhance ongoing programming at the Vancouver gallery. Visit the DIGITAL GALLERY to enjoy this inaugural exhibition of Lumen Prints.
CITYSCAPE ART RENTALS (335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver) holds a small collection of my work for rent, rent-to-own, and purchase. A selection of my work will be exhibited the 2018 Art Rental Show (opening 11 January through 03 February 2018).
If you are in Texas, Ocean Shores, one of my Lumen Prints is among the 39 alternative process photographs on exhibition in unique: alternative processes at ASmith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas thru 14 January 2018. This exhibition affirms my interest in what constitutes a photograph and the experiments, historical and contemporary, which push the boundaries and yield unique results. It is also available for purchase.
My ceramics are currently for sale at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and the Port Moody Art Centre. Know that each of my works embodies thoughts about craft, the enjoyment of music bouncing off my studio walls while I work late into the night and artistic risk. The Gallery of BC Ceramics also sells Seeking the Nuance (second edition), a collection of heritage glazes along with essays about the Vancouver ceramics community in the 70s. Check it out
thru 22 December, Point Moody Art Centre, 2425 Johns Street, Port Moody
Christmas Dove Ornaments
thru 24 December, Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Gifting is an art form in its own right, and in this season of gift giving, a gift of art is a double gift because it gifts the artist as well. More about my photography continues at http://www.sassamatt.com
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:43:41 +0000unique — alternative process photography exhibition
If prints could talk, Ocean Shores might tell the viewer that it is a trace and shadow of purple broom buds native to the craggy Pacific shore. Chamaecytisus purpureus, less prominent than the common yellow broom, is now considered an invasive plant consuming beachfront real estate.
It was the colour of this broom that first attracted me to collect a few sprigs for a series of Lumen Print impressions made on sheet film. What remained after a full day in the sun was a photogram that would be transformed into fixed images using sodium thiosulfate. Next, the sheet film was scanned and again transformed in a digital photography space where I constructed an image reminiscent of the plant material, the residual sand and the light falling on the shore at dusk.
Currently, Ocean Shores is among the 39 alternative process photographs on exhibition in unique: alternative processes at ASmith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas thru 14 January 2018. This exhibition affirms my interest in what constitutes a photograph and the experiments, historical and contemporary, which push the boundaries and yield unique results. When I agree to submit to an exhibition, I surrender, leaving curators and preparators to work their magic. In this space, the image is again transformed when set in a visual conversation among unique alternative process photographs selected by Christina Z. Anderson.
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 02:05:11 +0000Ceramics Season — in praise of buying handmade
There is something indescribable about holding a handmade object. It might not be perfect, but someone has crafted an object in hopes of handing it off to another pair of appreciative hands. When I can, I buy local, and I buy handmade, knowing that I have purchased something unique.
My ceramics is currently on show and sale at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, the Port Moody Art Centre and the Aberthau Pottery Sale. Know that each of my works embodies thoughts about craft, the enjoyment of music bouncing off my studio walls while I work late into the night and artistic risk. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Abrthau Pottery Sale
Saturday, 02 December, 10 – 4 pm, Aberthau Mansion, 4397 West 2nd Avenue
thru 22 December, Point Moody Art Centre, 2425 Johns Street, Port Moody
Christmas Dove OrnamentsClick to view slideshow.
thru 24 December, Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:33:42 +0000Lumen Print Exhibition 24/7
TRUTH AND BEAUTY Digital Gallery presents Illuminations, a selection of my recent lument prints. This exclusive, inaugural Online Exhibition aims to reach a broad international audience and enhance ongoing programming at the Vancouver gallery.
Illuminations, a series of Photograms, assembles impressions of materials placed on photosensitive paper using organic materials gathered from the beach, the forest, and the street. I record traces and shadows made by the various debris on sheet film. These handmade negatives are then digitized and transformed into an illumination of their original organic form.
Visit the DIGITAL GALLERY to enjoy this inaugural exhibition of Lumen Prints.
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:37:02 +0000ART 4 LIFE — art for the young/art for the young at heart
Art 4 Life at the Port Moody Art Centre is an interactive exhibition curated for a young (and young at heart) audience. Featured artwork is meant to inspire and engage young people while raising opportunities for active participation, discussion, cultural awareness and lessons on art appreciation.
The benefits of an arts education affect every area of life, and Art 4 Life is one such event in a lifelong journey of art appreciation. “Exposure to the visual arts, especially in these creative ways, expands a child’s awareness of the world and is a tool that can be used for learning in science, history, math, and more,” says Robert Frankel, director of museums and visual arts at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.
Art galleries offer unique community spaces where an audience of all ages can experience the power of art to transform how we understand our world and ourselves. I am honoured that two of my drawings and three of my clay sculptures are included in this exhibition dedicated to a young audience beginning the habit of art for life.
Art 4 Life opens 30 September (1-3 PM) at the Port Moody Art Centre (2425 St. Johns Street) and runs thru 01 November.Click to view slideshow.
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:01:10 +0000Canadian Artist Copyright Needs Advocacy
Artist Property is protected in Canada by Access Copyright, but recently several larger Canadian educational institutions have chosen to read fair use in such a way that they do not feel obliged to pay to reproduce copyright protected material for educational distribution. The impact is huge. I’m a small scale writer and artist, but still, over the past two years, I’ve come to see a 30% reduction in my yearly residuals.
In today’s Access Copyright Newsletter, you will see that the “Federal Court of Canada upheld the rights of creators and publishers with its judgment on fair dealing, which has helped to clarify its application in the context of the educational system.” In August, York University has chosen to appeal the court judgment against a recent decision in the artists’ favour.
This newsletter is clearly focussed on offering info about where this case is now and what you can do if there is an interest on the part of you/the reader of my post. Along with 3,100 Canadian writers, visual artists, actors, filmmakers and musicians, I have signed a public letter that asks Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, to keep creators central in upcoming changes to Canada’s cultural policies. It was also forwarded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and my own Member of Parliament. In my additional comments, I point out that if artists’ property rights are not protected, there is no Canadian culture and artists cannot afford to make the art the makes Canadian culture.
If you follow my work, you know that much of it asks, “What remains?” Hence, without the protection of artist property rights, what remains? A propos, you have also read two frequent blog endings: The artist must get paid. Buy more art.
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 02:55:46 +0000ART RENTALS SHOW | cityscape art rentals
Eleven Sassamatt Collective photographs are in the Cityscapes Art Rental collection, five by Phyllis Schwartz and six by Edward Peck. They will be on show in their September salon syle exhibition. The exhibition runs 08 – 30 September (Cityscapes, 355 Lonsdale, North Vancouver). Work on show is available for rent or sale. This is an excellent opportunity to buy more art.Click to view slideshow.
Edward Peck's Blog
2018-03-04T15:36:15.065-08:00Boundary Bay Bench
2018-01-31T20:48:44.071-08:00Photographer's Regret — Rio Chama RevisitedIn March of last year, I was travelling South from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and came around the corner of highway 84 about halfway to Abiquiu, at which point the road meets the Rio Chama river valley. The view was arresting so I pulled off the road and grabbed my camera gear. Venturing toward the edge, I took a moment to capture the scene: a wild New Mexico river valley.
Rio ChamaA few days ago I came across a black and white photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe walking out with her camera to take a picture of the same scene. I looked at the foreground, and to my surprise, she was standing in exactly the same place; my photograph was taken with a wider angle lens than the person who had taken the photograph.
Georgia O'Keeffe at the Rio Chama There is something reassuring about someone with such a remarkable artistic eye, stopping in the very same place with her camera to capture the scene. My next thoughts were about what it was that she captured. Did she use it in one of her compositions? Was it something she printed and placed somewhere in her home or studio?
Over the Cliff made it clear that the photographer caught her in the process of slowly photographing the scene as she worked her way along the rim of the cliff in search of a composition. O'Keefe's painting location is near the top of the rim in a large flat area. On the map, this area has a small dirt access road off the highway.
Over the Cliff, by Georgia O'KeeffeI realized, after looking at the map, that I had missed quite a bit. I had not taken the time to fully explore and experience the scene. So, I am left with three things in mind for when I go back. I would like to capture this perspective and perhaps recreate the shot that the photographer captured. Then, I would like to find my own vantage point from which I can create a new composition.
2018-01-06T10:44:47.274-08:00Salton Sea SumpSalton Sea SumpThe Salton Sea is 235 feet below sea level and is the largest lake in California, created accidentally in 1905 by an irrigation canal breach. It is also the most polluted lake in California with a very high salt content. It is an allegory for the world's environmental crisis but has a quiet serenity and beauty. It is fed by the new river an industrial sewage ditch that runs down across the border from Mexicali and the high phosphate irrigation waters of the imperial valley agricultural fields. It also sits onto of the largest geothermal fields in North American and is on the San Andres Fault. The danger of toxic dust spreading as far as Phoenix is a serious issue as the water levels drop in the lake.
2017-12-29T13:31:33.054-08:00Sky Light Arch IISky Light Arch IISkylight Arch is found hidden in this mesa located along highway 89 just before Glen Dam. 37.0169° N, 111.5979° Whttp://www.sassamatt.com/Edward-Peck/Armijo-Trail/i-tbGg7bV/A
2017-12-10T09:33:59.891-08:00A Quiet Moment in the Slough
2017-12-08T19:47:34.315-08:00Fog and Dyke Road Trees
2017-12-02T21:56:06.620-08:00Laundry Day Finn Slough
2017-11-29T13:21:57.909-08:00Red Hill, Painted Hills