A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography
Sunday April 19, 2020 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby British Columbia V5G 2J3
The iPhone has both democratized and transformed photography and digital media, creating a rise in interest in traditional and historical photographic processes. Enthusiasts, artists, and professionals are seeking out and reviving historical techniques and methods. Perhaps this is a quest to bring a sense of uniqueness to the mechanical control in digital photography. What brings this group together is all four photographers produce images that have been made by hand once the lens-based images have been formed.
In conjunction with the group exhibition A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography, four Shadbolt Centre for the Arts artists/photographers who use alternative photographic processes will present a lecture and slide presentation, offering insight into the process behind their work. There will be time after this presentation for discussion and questions from the audience.
Ed Peck will introduce the use of Scanographs, a platen-based composition technique for creating high-resolution digital images without using a camera. As well, he will describe the process from the platen composition and processing to print-making.
Phyllis Schwartz will introduce the art of creating Lumen prints directly on both fibre papers and sheet film without the use of cameras. Using natural light, the movement of the sun, and organic materials to create her images, she will describe the process from the composition, the fixing process, and transformation into digital imagery. She will also outline the options for digitizing sheet film images, post processing, enlargement techniques, and printing process.
Ross den Otter will offer insight into how he approaches the integration of other media into the photographic process. His works are a hybridization of traditional art technique, printmaking, and photographic process where he blends paint, wax, and resins with modern and historical photographic processes occasionally using homemade camera.
Lumen Prints and Botanical Drawings
Tickets for this workshop can be purchased HERE.
Location: Maplewood House
(399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver)
April 5, 2020 TIME: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
PHYLLIS SCHWARTZ is conducting this lumen print workshop, the lumen print (photograms made without a camera) image making process will be explained and demonstrated. Participants will make photograms of plant materials, and discover how they leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper, leaving behind colourful x-rays. Participants will gather materials from the natural environment around Maplewood House, composing two images and developing two prints (8 x 10 inches). While prints are developing participants will learn and practice observational drawing and botanical drawing techniques. Celebrate spring with this fun and simple workshop. All materials are provided and included in program fee.
Edward Peck, will be conducting a photowalk on March 29th, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. You can register for the walk through the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. You can access the web registration at the following link: https://webreg.city.burnaby.bc.ca/webreg/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp#top The course code is 537332. Description: Capture the environment around coal harbour through new eyes. Practice and hone your photography skills while shooting outside with the guidance of a Shadbolt photography instructor. Suitable for students with a solid understanding of their DSLR camera's manual functions.
Bloom 12, Coast Collective Gallery
April 29 - May24, 2020
View this show celebrating the return of spring with big bold floral artwork in a wide variety of media. The reception will feature live music by Riverbend, featuring Laurie Bryan, Candy Little and John Roebuck. Their unique blend of voices and musical styles creates rich harmonies and uplifting sounds. Four of Edward Peck's Arrangement Series will be part of the show as well as four of Phyllis Schwartz's work from her illuminations series.
Lumen Print Intensive, Shadbolt Centre for the ARts
Saturday March 14 and 15, 2020
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby British Columbia V5G 2J3
Photography without cameras! Lumen printing uses the sun's UV rays to fix images to photosensitive paper; this photographic process was used by Victorian botanists who sought a method of documenting their fieldwork. Students make a handmade negative of plant materials using the lumen print process and then scan this negative into a digital file that can be transformed as digital art to make one or more prints. Workshop will be held rain or shine. Instructor: Phyllis Schwartz Lumen printing uses the sun's UV rays to expose images; this photographic process was used by Victorian botanists who sought a method of documenting their fieldwork. Students make a handmade negative of plant materials using the lumen print process and then scan this negative into a digital file that can be transformed as digital art to make one or more prints. Workshop will be held rain or shine. Meet in Studio 106. Instructor: Phyllis Schwartz
Collaborative Alchemy: Place Des Arts Gallery
plant-based visual arts
January 10 - February 2020
Works by Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz, and Pierre Leichner
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10th, 2020, 7 - 9 PM
1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, BC.
Regular Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 9 pm; Sat. 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm
For INFO: 604 664 11636, Place des Arts Event.
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.
Art Rental Exhibition: Cityscape Gallery
Opening Reception Cityscape Community ArtSpace | Thursday, January 16, 7 - 9pm
Rent it, buy it, love it. Come and meet the artists and view 200 new works of original art from the 2020 Art Rental collection at the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 16 from 7 – 9pm
Discover the work of over 150 local artists in this salon-style show. Created using an impressive range of media – painting in oil, acrylic, watercolour, prints – linocut, lithograph, woodcut, photography, and mixed media, artists share their expressions of natural and urban, landscapes, seascapes, abstract, floral – and more!
Art Rental is a simple and affordable way to enhance your environment with high-quality original artwork from a local artist. Rental fees range from $10 – $55 a month.
Drop by and discover the work of local artists. You can rent and buy work right off the gallery walls. With over 450 original works of art available for rent and sale in the Art Rental collection, there is something for everyone! You can find out more about the Art Rental Programme here.
Collaborative Alchemy: Amelia Douglas Gallery
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. Live Music, Refreshments, no-host bar and artist talk, in the Amelia Douglas Gallery on the fourth floor North. For 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.
Lumen Print Workshop: Leigh Square
Saturday, 28 September, 2019 (10:30 am – 3:30 pm)
The Gathering Place in the Michael Wright Art Gallery
#200-2253 Leigh Square Port Coquitlam, BC
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.
Salon Six: White Rock
Collaborative Alchemy: Outlet Gallery
Mid Main Art
The 9th annual Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 11- 6 p.m.
At the elegant HERITAGE HALL, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7. Featuring Work by Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck Showcase and sells original art from emerging and established artists in the greater Vancouver area. This wonderful group of established artists will showcase work from abstraction to realism creating stunning art, in a variety of mediums such as watercolours, acrylic, oil, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. The 17 artists featured this year are; 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. Free admission. For more information go to www.midmainart.com Register at Eventbrite
Formulation of Time: Lipont Gallery
April 6th through April 30, 2019
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.
Photography without Cameras Lumen Printing: Lipont Gallery
Saturday April 13th, 2019 11am- 3pm Lipont Place, 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC
The workshop is participating in the 2019 Capture Photography Festival and is supported by London Drugs Printing Grant. In this workshop, the lumenprint (photograms made without a camera) image making process will be explained and demonstrated. Phyllis Schwartz explains, “In this hands-on workshop, participants will make photograms of plant materials, and discover how they leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper; the work will look like colourful x-rays.” There will be an opportunity to participate in the entire process beginning with gathering materials, composing two images and developing two prints (8 x 10 inches). The workshop extends the concept of analogue photography as the pencil of nature. Schwartz rediscovered this process while studying the Victorian botanists who sought a method of documenting their fieldwork. Lumen Prints are both photographic and x-ray like, producing both documentation of nature and artistic renderings of botanical specimens.Phyllis Schwartz is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, ceramics and publishing based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work at Emily Carr University consolidated these interests with a concentration in photography. She was the recipient of the Canon Photography Award. As a visual artist, she seeks detail, texture, and poetic elements. She uses photography to investigate and record what eludes the eye. Her photography has been exhibited and published across Canada and internationally; her works are in both public and private collections.
Natural Alchemy: CityScape Gallery
March 22 - May 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 22, 7- 9 pm
CityScape Community ArtSpace335 Lonsdale, North VancouverNatural Alchemy contemplates the forces and cycles present that help shape our environment. The earth is ever-changing, and 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. Presenting artists 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.
Art Rental Exhibition 2019: Cityscape Gallery
Exhibition runs 14 February – 15 March
Excellent opportunity to buy or rent our art 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 the Art Rentals Show, a salon-style 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 into 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. To view, the Arts Councils Announcement click here
Photography without Cameras: Cityscape Gallery
Lumen Printing demo with Phyllis Schwartz
Saturday, March 2, 2019 (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
Seeding the Wind II: Truth and Beauty Gallery
Month of October 2018
This month, October 2018 "Seeding the Wind II" is featured at the Truth and Beauty Gallery, this 24" by 30" archival sublimation print is available for sale through the gallery. Enquires can be directed to Peppa Martin at 604.707.0327 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the first print in this series to be mounted on a floating frame, it is part of a series called "Arrangements." I was drawn into this work by discarded bouquets, set aside as they wilted but to my eye still full of colour, shape and still in transition, perhaps always in transition as decay eventually rekindles life. I took these discards and after some contemplation, arranged them into compositions, in which I explored their new colours, shapes and fragile state. So the series in a way is a framing of a series of Maranasati meditations or a momento moris. [This method of printing was chosen so no glass would be placed between the print and the viewer so the full colours of the composition could be enjoyed, it is an easily cleaned scratch-resistant surface that has an archive life (I have been told) longer than a chromogenic print.]
Mid Main Art
One Day Event, June 10, 2018, 11am - 6pm
The 8th Annual Mid Main Art Exhibition will be held at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver BC. This free event will be held one day only from 11 am to 6 pm on June 10th, 2018. There will be a variety of artist in this 3300 sq. foot hall who work in watercolour, oil, acrylic, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The following artists will be in attendance: Fran Alexander, Mariko Ando, Enda Bardell, Jennifer Harwood, Lorn Curry, Dave Denson, Louise Nicolson, Christine Hood, Jeanette Jarville, James Koll, Sonia Mocnik, Edward Peck, Camille Sleeman, Elisabeth Sommerville, Kathy Traeger, Jeff Wilson, Grazyna Wolski.
In the Blink of an Eye: Port Moody Arts Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday, May 3, 6-8 pm May 3 – 31, 2018
Port Moody Arts Centre Society celebrates their 20th anniversary with In the Blink of an Eye, an exhibition featuring artwork and stories by artists who have been a part of their history. Sassamatt Collective artists, Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz, have had solo exhibitions at the Port Moody Arts Centre are each showing two new photographs in this anniversary exhibition opening 03 May (6 – 8 PM) and continuing through 31 May 2018.
Photobase: Re-imagined Memories: Cityscape Gallery
Opening Reception, March 15, 2018 Mar 16 – Apr 21, 2018
Two photo-based composite images are showing 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.
Photobase is showing at CityScape Community Art Space, The exhibition runs from thru 21 April (335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, Canada; gallery Hours: M–W, F: 9 am–5 pm: Th: 9 am–8 pm; Sa: 12–5 pm).
Lumen Print Exhibition Light: Gilbert Gallery Arizona
Opening Reception, Saturday March 10, 2018. March 6 – April 21,
Two Lumen Prints from the 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 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." The exhibition at Art Intersection runs from 06 March thru 21 April (light sensitive creative processes. 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." The exhibition at Art Intersection runs from 06 March thru 21 April (Art Intersection, 207 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert Arizona). LightSensitive Opening Reception is Saturday, 10 March, 5 – 7 pm).Opening Reception is Saturday, 10 March, 5 – 7 pm).
Lumens: Experimental Photography - A Smith Gallery Texas
Johnson City, Texas, 11 March - 16 May, 2018
A feast of lumen prints are showcased in the newly opened Salon at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. Lumen, an exhibition showcasing this feast of alternative photography, includes Cathy’s Orchid, a digital print made from a handmade negative created by using a Lumen Print process. The exhibition dates are 11 March to 16 May. Two receptions will be held: 25 March and 30 April (4 – 7 pm). An exhibition catalogue available from Blurb is forthcoming.
Lumen prints are photograms made by a contact print process using organic materials that leave traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. These unique prints are made without a camera or darkroom enlarger. These materials transmit enzymes that interact with the surface of the paper, leaving X-rays like marks of both their shapes and interiors. Lumen prints on sheet film can be scanned and processed as digital prints. Artists experimenting with this process include Jerry Burchfield, Adam Fuss and the artists showing work in Lumen.
Intervals: Photography in Flux - Capture Festive Vancouver
Intervals: Photography in Flux, Capture Photography Exhibition 2016, March 31st - April 9th, 2016 South Main Gallery SoMa, 279 East 6th Avenue Vancouver, BC Canada This exhibition is part of the international Capture Photography Exhibition and is about the transitory nature of photography. Every image, depending on time, location, viewer, and context, is constantly in transition. Photographers create meaning that fluctuates in the intervals between their images—whether it be the intervals between the shutter opening and closing, the intervals between the images on the wall, the interval between the image and the material on which it is presented, or the interval between the meaning that arises and changes in the viewer as they move between images. Intervals presents the work of seven contemporary photographers based in Vancouver, Victoria, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Iran who explore the rhythms and tension of their geographical, social, and psychological landscapes.
Telling Stories: On-Tak Gallery
November 7th - December 19th
555 Columbia, Vancouver, BC
The work of nine Vancouver artists telling stories in a variety of media pushing the boundaries of their artistic medium.
Urban and environmental issues are the predominant themes running through the stories in this exhibition. Alison Keenan uses scale to tell visual stories about the territorial clash between avian and human creatures. Edward Peck’s photographs of Berlin graffiti's on-going stories in the urban streetscape. Phyllis Schwartz's Salton Sea series pictures of surreal environmental devastation.
Daphne Harwood uses the quilting medium to document urban transformation where once stood Imagination Market on the north shore of False Creek. Sophi Liang installs a ladder which holds traditional books to deconstruct traditional Chinese cultural values transplanted in a new cultural landscape. Colette Lisoway’s multi-screen prints build up a new image of a multicultural society in a rapidly changing community.
June Yun’s paintings might look like misty Chinese countryside landscapes, but they are in fact stories of pollution that causes a nuclear winter. The tension in Jim Friesen’s stormy skies tell stories about the cycle of tension and release, a metaphor for many of the issues presented in the stories in this exhibition.
Impressions and Abstractions: Hamburg
Phyllis Schwartz & Edward Peck 13.
Sassamatt Images präsentiert die Europapremiere neuer Werke von Phyllis Schwartz und Edward Peck. Diese beiden kanadischen Künstler arbeiten vor allem im Bereich der experimentellen Fotografie. Schwartz ist eine von wenigen Künstlerinnen & Künstlern, die mit dem Lumen Print-Verfahren arbeiten. Diese Hybriddrucke werden durch direkte Kontakte mit lichtempfindlichen Oberflächen hergestellt und anschließend digitalisiert. Auf seine Erfahrungen in verschiedenen künstlerischen Disziplinen aufbauend kreiert Peck abstrakte Kunstwerke mit mehrfach belichteten Fotografien und einem Hybrid digitaler Entwicklungsprozesse.
Shelter Island Series: Truth and Beauty Gallery
May 1-16, 2014
698 West 16th Avenue
This is a solo show of Edward Peck's Shelter Island Series, a show of abstract work.
While each print in the Shelter Island Series stands on its own as a landscape or narrative, its power is in the collection of images drawn from material sources that are in various states of organic decomposition. Peck finds forms and surfaces that are alive in their process of transformation, and brings to the viewer’s attention a new appreciation for the material aging process. The intentional ambiguity of his images allows the viewer to form their own personal narrative.
The Tree: Literal and Figurative - On-Tak Gallery
January 11th to Mar 31st, 2014
555 Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Curated by Alison Keenan and Phyllis Schwartz. Eight international artists, each working in a different media have work that will surely evoke myriad myths and memories about the tree. Exhibiting artists include Ellen Bang, Chu Yin Tak, Pauline Doyle, Alison Keenan, Edward Peck, Anna Ruth, Connie Sabo and Phyllis Schwartz. Exhibition dates: 11 January – 16 February 2014
Poetic Abstractions: Seven Visions - Atrium Gallery
Place des Arts, Atrium Gallery
1120 Burnette Ave.
There are 39 images from seven artists: Goga Bayat, who created her pieces in her native Iran; Robert Charles; Barry Luger, president of Artists in Our Midst; Rob Will; Eva Knell; and co-curators Peck and Schwartz.
Best B4 Collective Collaboration
Phyllis Schwartz has worked collaboratively to curate exhibitions with Best B4 Collective: Street Dance: A Record of Anonymous Performances (CityScapes, North Vancouver) and The Tree: Literal and Figurative (On-Tak Cheung Gallery, Vancouver).Best B4 Collective CollaborationPhyllis Schwartz has worked collaboratively to curate exhibitions with Best B4 Collective: Street Dance: A Record of Anonymous Performances (CityScapes, North Vancouver) and The Tree: Literal and Figurative (On-Tak Cheung Gallery, Vancouver).