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April 13 - May 31, 2018 

Film is Not Dead

Danielle Olson

Artist: Danielle Olson

Medium: black and white photography

Artist Statement: I am about the furthest thing from a photography expert, I don't know much about the terms and techniques for lighting, development, exposure or composition, which is why I was so drawn to analog photography over digital. Fancy camera equipment and hours spent before a computer screen editing photos has never fed my creativity; I've always sought out a process a little more hands on. Therefore when I discovered the magic of film developing and seeing a photo emerge right before your eyes in the darkroom, I fell instantly in love and felt right at home.

To me, what type of camera I shoot with or getting all the little details just right is not where my connection to the art lies. It's the instincts that have to do with the recognition of significance and the talent for capturing it. One can show the world new light in a photograph, one which may have never been noticed before by the naked human eye, which is a wonderful thing to me. I see and analyze and experience the world around me constantly as a photographer hoping to capture ordinary things and make them look graceful and interesting to others.

Film is Not Dead has been a common term used in the analog photography community recently. With the surge of technology and all things digital, we want to show film is still relevant and just as versatile as digital photography. This concept is important to me which is why I love to explore different types of developing such as double exposures, layering of negatives, developer painting, and creating rayographs. The messy and tedious process of all these techniques makes for photos that are each 100 per cent unique and full of imperfections. The artistic process and perfectly imperfect result of analog photography always makes me excited to create and share.

Since I was a young child I have been fascinated with death. To me, what lies under the flesh is just as interesting as the flesh itself. Growing up on a farm always had me surrounded by the circle of life and I grew to be comfortable and appreciated the process and darkness of decay just as much as the growth and light of life. I have combined that interest with my passion for the darkroom to create this photo series that shows there is beauty in death and decay just as there is beauty in  analog photography and it is, in fact, not dying. I hope you enjoy.

Facilitated by The City of Red Deer Culture Services and featuring the work of local emerging and established artists, the Corridor Community Gallery is located on the lower level of the Recreation Centre (4501 - 47A Avenue). Exhibits are changed bi-monthly. 

Call to Artists:

Are you interested in showing your artwork in the Corridor Community Gallery? Please contact us at 403-309-4091 or culturemailbox@reddeer.ca 

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May 4 - June 29

Viewpoint collective members curate an exhibition featuring guest local emerging artists: Gillian Coulton and Holly Mundorf's bronze, ceramic, graphite, mixed media art.

Gillian Coulton

I am from the small town of Consort in east central Alberta, and a recent graduate of the Visual Art diploma program at Red Deer College. Much of my work concentrates on the technical development of skills. My more personal work primarily deals with the landscape I grew up in and its connections to who I am. I am interested in the way the landscape around us can shape both our identities and our perceptions of ourselves. In particular, I want to capture my personal feelings regarding the landscape in which I grew up. I wanted to capture both a sense of wonderment at the beauty of that vastness, and unavoidable isolation, being so far from any large city centre. I am interested in how these feelings affect our lives and personalities.

One example of this kind of work are my architectural bronzes. These works are reminiscent of prairies structures such as old barns or granaries, which where common places of discovery and adventure when growing up. However, like most of those memories and many of the buildings themselves, they are dilapidated beyond any possibility for them to stand, if they were full-sized. As they are not full-sized, they do stand, and this precarious skeleton of an existence is intended as an emphasis of the feelings of memory, and fragility of connection to the experience of the past. The fact that the sculptures are made of bronze is partially meant to reflect a desire for the permanence of memory, despite it being impossible, especially as many of the structures that I grew up around are no longer there.

Holly Mundorf

I think there is so much to love about portraiture, capturing the essence of someone's feeling with simplicity, making sure the subtle differences between happiness and annoyance are recorded correctly.

The inspiration to stay close to portraiture came and stayed consistently, it has been something I have enjoyed doing in my youth and upon reflection all I can say is that I love people and the emotional connections they hold. I love the emotions people share, and the way portraits of people hold memories and hold value to certain individuals in a very personal way. What locked me into portraiture was that I was/am inspired by the life of my nephew - he was about two when he passed and ever since I have been trying on and off to perfect his portrait for my sister.

I generally like to portray happiness and satisfaction but on occasion, I draw anger or negative emotion because they are natural feelings and should not be suppressed. I hope to think that when people look at my art they can experience a connection with the subject. More realistically speaking, I do not mind if my viewers just see a well-drawn recognizable face and walk over to the next one.

Bio: Holly Mundorf is an Artist in training from Lacombe, Alberta; she is currently taking a second year of the Red Deer College Visual Art program. As her work progresses her interests delve deeper into Ceramics and the study of portraiture. She has been a part of "Let Your Grasp Exceed Your Reach: Red Deer College Annual Year End Student Exhibition" and received an RDC Entrance Scholarship as well the Caroline G. Krivuzoff Award.

 

Gillian Coulton - Leon and Kata  Holly Mundorf - Half Full, Half Empty

The Viewpoint Gallery is located in the Culture Services Centre (3827-39 Street, Red Deer) 
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon - 1 p.m.)

For more information on the gallery and member artists visit Viewpoint Gallery.

Gallery Guide

Whether you're looking for that special gift, a piece for your home or simply venturing out for a fun afternoon of gallery hopping, view the Gallery Guide for a listing of Red Deer art galleries, locations and hours of operation.

Gallery Guide (pdf)

For more information about the Gallery Guide, please contact the Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Committee reddeerartscouncil@gmail.com  or 403-348-2787.