October 12 – November 20, 2013
Opening Reception: October 11, 7 – 11 pm
David Semeniuk in Conversation w/ Alice Campbell, Tarah Hogue, Jeff O’Brien and Mohammad Salemy: Saturday October 19, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Gam Gallery is pleased to present Perimeter, David Semeniuk’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Semeniuk’s work explores two core themes. It is concerned with histories of labour and capital, and how these mediate our use of and access to private and public spaces. It also examines our experience and memory of place through images that shift between real and imagined, private and public, domestic and natural spaces. His method skirts liminality, both in his choice of content and the form his works take, often imposing one image over another. In the case of the current exhibition, Perimeter, Semeniuk examines the liminal spaces of the City of Vancouver’s boundary, and juxtaposes images that have formal and/or historical affinity with one another.
For this exhibition, Semeniuk walked along the boundaries of the City of Vancouver with his partner Alice Campbell. This took place in nine separate trips between February 3 and April 7, 2013, the walks sometimes taking up to eight hours. Beginning in the northeast corner of the city at New Brighton Park, in view of the Port of Vancouver, the Iron Worker’s Memorial Bridge and the nearby Cascadia grain elevators, Semeniuk photographed the outer edges of the city, skirting places inaccessible to the public because of industry or private property. Other boundaries are less clear, such as the transition from Vancouver to the University Endowment Lands, or the small wooden stake demarcating the Musqueam Indian Reserve from the nearby multi-million dollar properties in the Southlands neighborhood. Issues of class, private property and accessibility in general circulate throughout Perimeter.
David Semeniuk currently lives and works in Vancouver B.C., Canada. He is a formally trained scientist, and a self-trained artist. His art practice addresses how the histories of labour, capital, and the production of scientific knowledge have influenced the production of photographic objects, the construction of meaning in photographic images, and the exhibition of photographic works. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in BC and Nevada.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Capture Photography Festival and has been graciously sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing.