Phyllis Schwartz's Blog
Tue, 21 May 2019 05:07:15 +0000WHAT 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.
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Thu, 02 May 2019 07:16:42 +0000And It Ends with a BookThirteen 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 +0000Three Exhibitions — closing soon
- Wish You Were Here
- Finn Slough: Ancient Memory
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 +0000Formulation of Time — photographing the ephemeral
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)
Registration is required: https://lumenprints.eventbrite.ca
The workshop is participating in the 2019 Capture Photography Festival and supported by London Drugs Printing Grant.
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:59:37 +0000Natural 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.
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 +0000Lumen Print WorkshopLUMEN 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 +0000NEW 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 +0000Longevity — 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 +0000BC 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 +0000What You See Is What You See — Sketchbook Exhibition in Quebec CityConversation — 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).
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.
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Edward Peck's Blog
Mon, 20 May 2019 04:10:41 +0000Mid-Main Art Fair
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Seventeen established Vancouver area artists showcasing works for sale in a variety of styles and mediums including watercolours, acrylic, oil, photography, sculptured, and printmaking.
Featuring Fran Alexander, Mariko Ando, Enda Bardell, Jodie Blaney, Lorn Curry, Caroline Dahlmanns, Jeanette Jarville, James Koll, Sharka Leigh, Sonia Mocnik, Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz, Camille Sleeman, Elisabeth Sommerville, Kathy Traeger, Jeff Wilson and Grazyna Wolski.
Sun, 05 May 2019 18:01:08 +0000Thirteen Arguments
This spring there have been three shows to date featuring our hybrid photographic processes, Natural Alchemy in North Vancouver, Formulation of Time in Richmond and Art Vancouver in Vancouver. The book Thirteen Arguments is a continuation of these shows capturing the plant-based Lumen prints by Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck’s Scanographs of spent botanicals, now available on in our Blurb Bookstore. Their work will still be on display and available for purchase at Lipont Place in Richmond.Now available in our Blurb Bookstore
In June selected works by Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck will be available at Heritage Hall for one day only on June 9th, 2019.
A selection of works will also on exhibition at Leigh Square in July and at that time there will be another Lumen Print Workshop during Port Coquitlam’s Culture Days.
Thu, 02 May 2019 03:59:57 +0000Arrangements by Edward Peck
- Arrrangement Series
My current series Arrangements explores the beauty of what is discarded through the recomposition of spent bouquets, as bouquets have a special symbolism used to mark our rituals of goodwill even when they are meant as condolences. They bring out our deliberate desire to create beauty and symmetry as gifts, underscores the best of our humanity. The symbolism of flowers in combination with their fleeting grace is a poignant reminder of our own frailty. It also reminds us of our disposable, youth-oriented society that is all too quick to discard beauty right after its prime and overlook the serene allure of the full cycle of life.
I found discarded bouquets as they wilted when still full of colour, shape and in transition, perhaps always in transition as decay eventually rekindles life. I rearranged them into compositions, exploring their new colours, shapes and fragile state. These compositions were always in flux, and new abstractions emerged as old ones faded. The process was a meditation in framing of a series of Maranasati meditations or a momento moris.
Through much experimentation, I settled on a hybrid scanographic process in combination with a dye-sublimation planographic process to render these compositions in high high-resolution and deep colour. Fusing the image into the aluminum surface, unlike inkjet prints, creating a more photographically accurate image protected from the elements with an archival life well beyond that of a chromogenic print.
The Florist Wears Knee-Breeches
My flowers are reflected
In your mind
As you are reflected in your glass.
When you look at them,
There is nothing in your mind
Except the reflections
Of my flowers.
But when I look at them
I see only the reflections
In your mind,
And not my flowers.
It is my desire
To bring roses,
And place them before you
In a white dish.
Wed, 01 May 2019 21:55:57 +0000Luminations by Phyllis Schwartz
Pieces from Phyllis Schwartz’s new series are still available for purchase at Lipont Gallery, 4211 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC, 604-285-9975.
Luminations are abstract compositions that transition from ambiguity to form as my eye-brain searches something recognizable. My Lumen Prints play with elements of pareidolia, the phenomenon of rendering small, ambiguous artifacts that engage my viewers on a primal level to look again, recognize a familiar form and 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 of this series, the question, “What remains?” is always in the forefront of my thoughts.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 01:23:57 +0000Art Vancouver
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:32:17 +0000Formulation of Time
Opening April 6th 2019, 2 PM
April 6th through April 30, 2019
Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm
4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC
Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck use plant-based materials to create works of art that speak to issues of permanence and impermanence that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form, and the ephemeral.
Phyllis Schwartz uses hybrid camera-less process to create photograms that leaves 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.
Edward Peck’s series, Arrangements, addresses the transitional processes found in nature and our esthetic manipulation of natural objects through the discarded floral arrangement. The moment we perceive beauty fades, the beauty is not lost what follows has its own striking beauty and relationship to the natural cycles around us. His hybrid photograph processed images work with the symbolism of flower arrangements exploring the beauty that extends beyond their symbolic use.
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Sat, 06 Apr 2019 04:57:00 +0000Formulation of Time
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:17:00 +0000Thirteen Arguments JUST RELEASED
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:52:00 +0000Natural Alchemy, Art Exhibition
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?Underwater Ranch Similkameen Valley, 2018 Boundary Floods
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.
Anthropocene Event at the RV Park Kettle River
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:13:00 +0000Arguments: hybrid photography
A new book of hybrid photography has just been published, featuring Phyllis Schwartz’s lumen prints and Edward Peck scanographs.