Beyond the Obvious
March 2 - 18, 2006
Artist reception: March 2, 6-8 pm
2006 (ed. 1/5) archival digital c-print,
20 x 36 inches
Beyond the Obvious is a series of architectural photographs
taken over time in the port areas of North Vancouver. Shipping
containers and piles of plywood signify the inscrutable faces
of ports worldwide. Contents cannot be seen and are not always
examined by port authorities, masking the implicit danger
of what might be hidden within.
Gordon-Collins has cropped many of the images to the point
where they are pure geometric sensation. Some are almost abstract
blocks of colour with just enough detail to provide context.
A hint of scale is revealed by fragments of cardboard; a point
of view indicated by a foggy sun above. A green lamppost is
reduced to a solid vertical with just a sliver of a road sign
showing. The series also includes images of people and place.
Grace Gordon-Collins has been a practising designer in British
Columbia for over twenty-five years. Her award-winning skills
encompass architecture, interior design and photography. She
is a recent graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art &
Design (BFA Photography, 2004) and has a Masters of Architecture
(Photography Major, 1975) from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology where she studied under Minor White. She began
examining the “inherent truth” of object and place
using abstracted views of shipping containers in her 2005
exhibit entitled Pulp.