Push­ing the lim­its

Ex­hi­bi­tion tasks pho­tog­ra­phers with mov­ing be­yond their com­fort zone

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - PETER LOZINSKI

A new ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing at the Mann art gallery en­cour­ages pho­tog­ra­phers to ex­plore new ideas and try some­thing new.

The North­ern Im­age Pho­tog­ra­phers an­nual fall show opens tonight at 7 p.m. Each year, the di­rec­tor/cu­ra­tor of the gallery picks a theme. The pho­tog­ra­phers ex­plore the theme dur­ing the year, and present their best images at the fall show.

This year’s theme is

Zone. Out­side the Com­fort

“This is the 11th year that we’ve had this part­ner­ship ex­hi­bi­tion of their work at the art gallery in the fall,” ex­plained di­rec­tor/cu­ra­tor Jesse Camp­bell.

“Var­i­ous themes have been ex­plored in the past that deal with sub­ject mat­ter. But I thought, you know, now that we’re past a decade into this, I think it’s time to look at push­ing one­self ar­tis­ti­cally. That’s why I pro­posed the theme to them of out­side the com­fort zone.”

Ac­cord­ing to Camp­bell, the idea of go­ing out­side of one’s com­fort zone can be ex­plored in many dif­fer­ent ways, whether it’s with dif­fer­ent tech­niques or with sub­ject mat­ter.

“Once an artist is fa­mil­iar with their medium and is com­fort­able us­ing it, it’s then time to make them un­com­fort­able,” she said.

“There’s var­i­ous ways an artist can grow and de­velop their prac­tice That’s why I chose the theme this year, so you can get that sort of va­ri­ety of in­ter­pre­ta­tions on a theme.”

The artists em­braced the chal­lenge Camp­bell pre­sented to them. Some who typ­i­cally pho­to­graph an­i­mals and land­scapes fo­cused on peo­ple. Oth­ers used dif­fer­ent tech­niques of photo edit­ing.

“I wanted to see how they would think dif­fer­ently,” Camp­bell said. “Maybe some­thing like a still life that they would set up, or per­haps a fig­u­ra­tive piece or some­thing a lit­tle bit more ab­stract.

“I was re­ally happy to see one photo in par­tic­u­lar that to­tally skewed the colours and would be much dif­fer­ent than oth­er­wise. She pushed her­self that way.

That piece con­sisted of an artist push­ing her­self with photo edit­ing tech­niques out­side of what she would typ­i­cally do.

Ac­cord­ing to Camp­bell, ex­plor­ing th­ese dif­fer­ent sub­ject mat­ters and tech­niques isn’t just im­por­tant for growth in the artist, but for the viewer as well.

“It en­cour­ages us as view­ers to look at our world in dif­fer­ent ways,” Camp­bell said.

“It makes us un­der­stand hope­fully that there’s mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives we can be us­ing.” The open­ing re­cep­tion for is tonight at the Mann Art Gallery. The show runs un­til Oc­to­ber 27.

Com­fort Zone Out­side the

PETER LOZINSKI/DAILY HER­ALD

A view of some of the works on dis­play at te North­ern Im­age Pho­tog­ra­phers Out­side the Com­fort Zone ex­hi­bi­tion.

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