Friday, October 26, 2018 to Saturday, November 24, 2018
Forest City Gallery is pleased to announce a duo exhibition by artists Graham Macaulay and Bronwyn Mcmillin.
Transcribing a conversation. Misunderstanding X Distance = ? McMillin and Macaulay imagine affinity as a handhold when they go wandering in big outsides and big interiors. Friendship as a flashlight. Looking for a slow time machine, they carry colours and extra socks, some little ideas needed to assemble trellises as well.
Do you remember that shadow in the bay water? Was it heavy or has it evaporated by now? Everything I have put together here has been trying to return that time. Not exactly where it was, but the thinness, or slowing of it. All of the hill grass had different shadows too.
You told me you sometimes look into the bright windows of other houses when walking at night. Why do you do that? I have been tracking the shapes of window light on my walls. It makes me feel alone, but less lonely. We rarely move at the same time, follow possibilities in the same direction. Where are you going? Are you free to talk soon?
Bronwyn’s work is derived from the landscape, history, culture and aesthetics of rural B.C. where she was raised and continues to reside. Using painting and installation, Bronwyn investigates lived histories, place-based phenomena and the shifting, changeable nature of memory in relation to place. At stake in these works is the ability for subjective depictions of a localized context to invoke the viewer's own relationship to place, calling on universal experiences of belonging and dislocation while probing at methods for re-connection. Bronwyn received her BFA from the University of Victoria, and her MFA from Emily Carry University of Art and Design. Her work has been included in exhibitions across Canada, and she was a recipient of the RCA C.D. How Award (2015) and the BC Arts Council Scholarship (2015-16). She is currently based in Victoria where she teaches at the Vancouver Island School of Art.
Graham's practice is guided by a continual re-negotiation between the image and the object. Addressing the materiality of the photographic print, Graham assembles absurd structures that open space for the simultaneity of imaginative escapism and tangible presence. His work strives to find and share a provisional optimism that may live within the discontinuity of the fragment. Graham received his BFA from the University of Victoria, after which he continued to reside in Victoria with support from a BC Arts Council Early Career Development grant followed by employment as a Preparator for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. He has recently participated in group exhibitions at DNA Art Space and Stride Gallery (Calgary), and produced solo projects for Xchanges Gallery (Victoria) and Untitled Art Society (Calgary). He is currently based in London where he is a participant in the MFA program at Western University.