Arts Commons Presents
Seven, The Shadow & The Trace, and Dear Aino
Blake Chorley , Brittany Nickerson, and Susanne Aaltonen
Location: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
Dates: June 1 to August 24, 2018
Artist Reception: Happenings 13 on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, August 13 from 6-9pm
Arts Commons showcases four unique exhibits in the Window Galleries this June 1– August 24, 2018 from artists Blake Chorley , Brittany Nickerson, and Susanne Aaltonen that showcase the beauty of the Canadian wilds and unique moments from rescued antique and family photos.
Blake Chortley’s work Seven seeks to create a connection between the landscape that he is portraying by immersing himself completely in the subject. His photos are printed on multi layers of glass to bring a more fulsome viewing experience of the pictured landscape.
The Shadow & The Trace by Brittany Nickerson uses rescued antique photos to create a lens into a memory and a life-lived, while questioning that same lens that it is viewed through.
Dear Aino by Susanne Aaltonen consists of autobiographical works, specifically old family photographs that she uses in an attempt to reclaim her own personal history. The altered photographs are emotionally and psychologically charged, distorted past the point of recognition.
Blake Chortley’s creative process has been evolving over the years as he has made an effort to slow himself while making photographs in the Canadian landscape. After completing his BA and Diploma, in Visual Arts and Applied Photography, he began working with the Wet Plate photographic process. In 2016 Chortley completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Calgary. His time there allowed him to rework original technical concepts and hone his process, as well as, explore connections formed to the aura of the landscape and investigate/question the definition and role of landscape photography in the institution.
Brittany Nickerson is a Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Design with a specialization in photography from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2014. She is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Her photographic practice engages with many methods of image making, including analog and digital photography, alternative processing, archiving, and collage. Her work has been shown across Canada and the United States and she is committed to community engagement within art institutions.
Susanne Aaltonen is a graduate from the Drawing Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Working with a mix of family photographs and painting, her work explores themes of memory, tension, and grief. Through various levels of concealment, she confronts relationships and trauma in relation to her childhood and identity.