Upcoming at Winsor Gallery is a double-bill of exhibitions, presented in conjunction with Capture Photography Festival.

Colin Smith, Bow Lake Boler, 2014

 Colin Smith — Inside Out

The camera obscura persists today as a curiosity in the age of advanced photographic technology.  Artist Colin Smith transforms modest hotel rooms, abandoned fire lookouts, and airstream trailers into nostalgic showrooms of their environs. He exposes each image over the course of two to six hours completely embracing the risk that the image may not materialize at all, similar to how memory persists in one’s mind. Inside Out is a marvel of slowness in image-making that runs counter to the instantaneousness of digital photography today.

Smith has long been compelled by traces of human history, having worked as a documentary photographer for years before developing an interest in the beginnings of photographic technology.  Saskatchewan-born and Alberta-based, Smith turns his eye on the wild and urban spaces of British Columbia in this latest series. Smith has received awards from Outpost and Photo Life magazines, and was recently named first place winner of the 2013 Cenovus Art Competition. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Leighton Art Centre and Winsor Gallery.

Maggie Groat,
77 vision cards: marginal psychedelics, magnified fields and gathered ineffables, for directions, wayfindings, wanderings, unseeables, wonderings, outsidings, action reportings, future findings and interconnectivities, 2014

curated by Kimberly Phillips

In the first decade of its existence, the photographic image was understood not as “captured” or “taken” but rather as something “received from the world.” A certain anxiety was detectable in the writings of the new technology’s practitioners, who confessed their inability to fully control or “fix” the medium, both chemically and psychically.

Wayward presents the work of nine contemporary artists who trouble our presumptions about “fixedness" of the photograph. Participating artists include Dana Claxton, Colin Smith, Ed Spence, Laurie Kang, Jason Gowans, Brody Albert, Alexis Dirks, Maggie Groat and Lili Huston-Herterich.  The exhibition explores a myriad of topics that recur in the history of the medium of photography including the digital and the analogue, pixilation, artifacts, collective memory and tourism.

These works remind us of the photograph’s fundamental unruliness, and consider the way the medium’s “unstoppable development,” to borrow Kaja Silverman’s term, might well be the world’s primary way of revealing itself to us. — Kimberly Phillips, Exhibition Curator


Please join us on Wednesday, April 1st from 6:00 – 8:00pm for the opening of Wayward and Inside Out, including an artist talk at 6:30pm. The artists will be present, and refreshments will be served.

Kimberly Phillips will be giving a curator's tour on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00pm.