|THE OPENING is all about delving into the fascinating, quirky and wonderful visual arts in Vancouver. Each week we’ll feature an artist, cover an exhibition, discuss a lecture and everything else in-between to delve deep into who and what makes art happen!|
If some alarmist art critics are to be believed, painting is dead. Still others claim photography is dead. Thankfully no one is actually listening, least of all Vancouver-based artist Ian Wallace, a large portion of whose body of work is currently on display in Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography at the Vancouver Art Gallery until February 24, 2013.
‘Lookout’, 1979 (detail), 12 hand-colour silver gelatin prints. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund. Photo: Tomas Svab, Vancouver Art Gallery.
Wallace is a very influential figure in the Vancouver visual arts community, having taught a number of now well-known artists at either the University of British Columbia or the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University). Not only were people like Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ken Lum students under Wallace, but many became friends and peers. Wallace, Graham and Wall at one point played in a punk band together called U-J3RK5 (pronounced “you jerk”) with Kitty Byrne, Colin Griffiths, Danice McLeod, Frank Ramirez and David Wisdom. Many of Wallace’s works feature these and other notable members of Vancouver’s cultural community as his models, from Lookout in 1979 right up to the new versions of At The Crosswalk from 2011, commissioned specifically for this exhibition.
‘My Heroes in the Street II’, 1986, photolaminate, acrylic on canvas 183 x 336 cm, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of Ydessa Hendeles, 2009. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.
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