PHOTOPOLIS @ ALG + NAM NGUYEN!

October 24 – November 13, 2017
Opening receptions: Mon 23 Oct, 5:30 – 7PM  

Gallery 1
Big Pictures
Gül Ilgaz, Kim Morgan and Abdi Osman, in partnership with Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography

Abdi Osman artist talk: Fri 27 Oct, 5pm, Art Bar +Projects
Kim Morgan artist talk: Tues 31 Oct, 12 Noon, ALG
Gül Ilgaz artist talk: Thurs 2 Oct, 5pm, Art Bar +Projects

Gül Ilgaz, Kim Morgan, and Abdi Osman exhibit the large scale photographs that are on display outdoors as billboards within Halifax. In their photographs the artists consider identity in complex variant forms employing blood, costume, location as strategic elements for dialogue.

Bios:
Gül Ilgaz has exhibited extensively throughout Turkey, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Macedonia, China, England, France, Belgium and Canada. Her work represented Turkey in the 50th Biennial of Venice. Her works can be seen in public and private collections including US consulate of Istanbul. Currently, Ilgaz lives and works in Istanbul.

Kim Morgan has exhibited throughout Canada, New York, and Europe. She is a sculptor/installation artist whose works incorporate techniques, materials and technologies from a wide range of disciplines.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the NSCAD sculpture department.

Abdi Osman is a Somali-Canadian photographer whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. His photographs have been acquired by many private collections and the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Gallery 2
A Cadence for Unremembered Shades
Nam Nguyen, William and Isabel Pope Artist-in-Residence
Artist Talk: Wed 1 Nov, 12 Noon 

Nguyen offers, “In the past year, I have made a departure in my work to isolate and develop my fascination with the atmospheric effects possible in the craft of oil painting. The challenge and freedom of these works rests in the intuitive process in which they are made.  My practical concern resides in the technical questions of layering, to create a resonating depth of color and light as varying states of emergence and submergence. It is my intention that these paintings function as image spaces for an ongoing practice of contemplation.”

Gallery 3
Alvin Comiter, faculty exhibitor
in partnership with Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography
Artist Talk: Thurs 2 Nov, 12 Noon 

Comiter offers, “Thinking back over a lifetime of looking at photographs, arguably, my best memories are from student days when visiting artists would turn off the lights and a carousel projector would flip through a tray of 80 slides that no one had seen before.  Here are my 80 photographs, projected in the dark, taken in Halifax parks and gardens over the last five years. Most are from the off-leash section of Point Pleasant Park – a jumble of tree trunks, branches and brush that my dog sniffed at, seemingly intent on solving a crime; subject matter that I had previously snubbed my nose at in favour of more urban misdemeanours.  An example of the dog leading the master – in this case, taking me to a place where I would puzzle over how to turn a visceral reaction to a landscape into something like a clever, earnest picture.”



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