The Katzman Kamen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by April Hickox, titled Vantage. The exhibit runs from May 10 to June 2, 2012. An official opening will be held on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 8p with April Hickox present.
April Hickox’s long-standing relationship with photography, explorations of personal history, and affinity to landscape informs her new exhibition. Vantage turns the viewpoint back toward the camera, or rather references its presence. Two series of photographs, Port Holes and Rain, engage watery landscapes and diverse weather conditions, embracing the lens as a tool, adding layers to the images captured.
Port Holes is a series of images taken from the hold of a ship navigating along the St. Lawrence River as it travelled toward the harbour of Montreal. The thick glass of the porthole is marked and stained from the effects of saltwater and weathering, transporting the scene to another time or place, isolating the view and the experience. Jeweled landscapes are juxtaposed with the mysterious, stark darkness of the ship’s interior.
The Rain series takes the viewer to the surface of the ship, with the camera and lens facing the weather and impending darkness head on. Though water accumulates on the lens, elements of the scene emerge through the fog and rain, revealing an uninhabited watery world hovering between night and day, land and sea.
The exhibition runs from May 10 to June 2
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11a to 5p