Current Exhibitions

 it's about time 

 Michael de Courcy 

 January 30th - March 14th, 2015 


Opening Reception: Jan 30th, 7-9 PM

Curatorial Talk: Mar 7th, 1:00 PM

Gallery 295 is pleased to announce Francesca Szuszkiewicz as our Annual Emerging Curator Exhibition recipient for 2015. Her exhibition, it’s about time, focuses on the works of artist Michael de Courcy.

it’s about time is an exhibition of new works by the artist Michael de Courcy, documenting tools, equipment, and supplies from the artist’s now-defunct home darkroom.

Using a digital camera in his studio, the artist documents the analogue materials of his darkroom against canvas or paper backdrops. After being digitally processed, the works are printed on canvas at the maximum size output of the artist’s own printer. The works are then varnished and, with the addition of grommets at the top corners, hung by pushpins cast in sterling silver.

From start to finish, the process encompasses a range of symbolic references connecting the analogue and the digital, objects and images, photography and painting, form and content, touch and sight, the darkroom and the studio, and the past and the future.

FRANCESCA SZUSZKIEWICZ is currently the Collections Assistant at the West Vancouver Museum, and recently received a BC Arts Council Early Career Development Grant to work as the Collections Intern at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. She has curated and written for exhibitions locally, and online.

MICHAEL DE COURCY has employed various media over the last 50 years to create community-based projects, including events, exhibitions, and site-specific installations, originating or resulting in photographic works. In his home darkroom, he developed film and prints for these projects, and for exhibition, locally, nationally, and internationally; he continues to make digital works and other works in his home studio.