The Gam Gallery is pleased to announce our double feature exhibition programming for this year’s annual SWARM gallery-hop; including, ‘Homebody’ by Seattle artist Serrah Russell, and ‘In My Bed’ by our very own Lauren D. Zbarsky. Please join us on Friday, September 13th from 8pm onward.
SWARM is a 2-night event that marks the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run center programming season with exhibition openings, performances, screenings and special events. We invite you to “gallery-hop” from venue to venue on the evenings of September 12 and 13 and experience the vibrancy of Vancouver’s artist-run centers and independent non-profit galleries.
All SWARM events are free and open to the public!
September 13th, 2013
Featuring the work of Serrah Russell
Curated by Alison Sinkewicz
Gam Gallery is pleased to announce Homebody featuring the Polaroid photographs of Seattle-based artist Serrah Russell and guest-curated by Alison Sinkewicz. In this exhibition the photograph, specifically the instant photograph, is utilized not as a documentary tool but rather as a medium that expresses the bilateral familiarity/transformation of our imaginary/real landscapes of home. Home as a concept is created by a compilation of personal and collective memories that merge and overlap. The intangible and oblique aspects of memory and our recollections of home are suggested in Russell’s photographs. What emerges is a confusion of the present, the remembered and the imagined, evoking the very process of memory-making and our physical presence in the home.
Homebody documents the diasporic nature of memory and the evasive locality of the home. Work drawn from three of Russell’s series, Geographics, Windows and Equivalents invite the viewer to revisit the process of memory making and the role of the self in the imaging of the domestic landscape. The home becomes a terrain where time and place lose their locality. Identity and the body located within these produced spaces become part of this fractured landscape of memory, where the body is also a snapshot, existing in relation to our constructed domesticity.
Featured image by Serrah Russell
Untitled, 2013. Polaroid. (Equivalents Series)
In My Bed
September 13th, 2013
Featuring the work of Lauren D. Zbarsky
Gam Gallery is pleased to announce Lauren Zbarsky’s In My Bed, a series of film photographs taken in her Vancouver home. In it, the artist’s bed is both subject and a catalyst for portraits of friends lying atop or buried beneath her goose down duvet. The photographs elicit a sense of hazy restfulness along with feelings of security, comfort and closeness that are nostalgic of childhood. The intimacy Zbarsky captures with her subjects is honest with humorous moments and parallels the intimacy often associated with the bedroom. It is not a sexual intimacy, however, but rather a familiarity between photographer and subject that the series thereby foregrounds. In My Bed is an ode both to the serenity of a fluffy bed and the affection shared between friends.
Lauren D. Zbarsky is an artist and photographer based out of Vancouver, BC. Lauren received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria in 2010. From there she pursued her photographic and artistic interests in Vancouver at Langara College in 2011 and continues to be involved in curating and participating in shows throughout the lower mainland. With her focus being portraiture and conceptual art, Lauren works almost exclusively with small and medium format film and Polaroid. The slow process of shooting on film with no digital playback to distract, allows her to connect with her subjects in a unique and intimate way that permeates throughout her work. People are the main driving force behind her photographs. With the majority of her work stemming from a personal place, she finds inspiration from the individuals closest to her.
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