Annie Briard I Paracosmic Sun Exhibit + Artist Talk

Paracosm O (spectral gaze), inkjet on metallic paper, 18" x 24" edition of 3, 2017.
Posted: Tue, 2017-01-24 12:50

Vancouver's Back Gallery Project is presenting "Paracosmic Sun", a solo exhibition by alumna (MAA 2013) and sessional instructor Annie Briard. Combining printed and expanded photography, moving image and installation, the exhibition focuses on work created during a residency on the southern coast of Spain undertaken last summer.


Annie Briard
February 8 – March 7, 2017

Opening Reception | Wednesday, February 8, 5 to 8PM
Artist Talk | Friday, February 24, 11:30AM - 12:20PM
North Building, Room 291 | Emily Carr University
Artist Talk | Saturday, February 25, 2PM
Back Gallery Project, 602 E Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1R1

About the exhibition:

In the not so distant past, there was a beautifully poetic vision theory that proclaimed the eye to contain a small crystal, carefully shaping the light so that it may bring us illumination.

Much is still left to our imagination when determining what we see. Our vision captures as well creates, fills-in or otherwise completes what we perceive; one need only look for the blind spots in the center of the sightline or the colorful afterimages orchestrated by the brain. Like crystals, our eyes mediate light and what we see.

Paracosmic Sun presents work that considers these questions through the theme of crystalline vision. Using a photographic approach developed during a residency on Spain’s Costa de la Luz in 2016, the artist produces images of her surroundings that are partially deconstructed and reconstructed into the basis of our perception: red, green and blue. Here, photographs both still, moving and expanded that seem simulated or digitally aberrated are physically captured. How much of what we see is actual? How much is fabricated? What possibilities for being, or communing with each other, might be affected if less normative sights were given more regard?

​Annie Briard's work has been presented in solo exhibitions across Canada, notably at VIVO (Vancouver), Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal), La maison des artistes visuels (Winnipeg), and Center 3 (Hamilton) as well as featuring in numerous group shows. Recent inclusions cover Access Gallery, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver), Art Souterrain (Montreal), The Rooms (St-John's), Three Shadows Photography Centre (Beijing), and international festivals and screenings including at the Lincoln Film Centre New York, Filmambiante Int'l Film Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Matadero Madrid, and the Switzerland Architecture Museum, among others. She holds a BFA from Concordia University, and a Master's from Emily Carr University.