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A Gallery Tour in Spanish

On Sunday December 15, 3pm, photographer Avelina Crespo leads a tour in Spanish of The Mind on Fire a solo exhibition by James Welling at the Contemporary Art Gallery. www.contemporaryartgallery.ca

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major solo exhibition of early work by American artist James Welling.

Welling emerged as a seminal figure in the “Pictures Generation”, an influential group of artists including Sherrie Levine, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. Working in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they were acclaimed for their pioneering use of photography and for opening up a new set of questions about art and the nature of representation. This exhibition, and the publication that accompanies it, are titled The Mind on Fire to evoke a febrile moment of energy, thought and production from that time.

Throughout the period of The Mind on Fire, painting remained a resource to Welling; his interest in scale, surface, materiality, tactility and process evolved directly from his engagement with small paintings that preceded his photographic work. These qualities came to the fore in the solo exhibitions at Metro Pictures and Cash/Newhouse in New York in 1981, 1982 and 1985, and in theAluminum Foils, Drapes, High Contrast, Gelatin and Tile Photographs. Now seen as major works, minutely crumpled aluminium foil evokes starry skies or lunar landscapes; luxurious drapes sprinkled with dough suggest snow-capped mountain ridges. By focusing on simple, repetitive motifs Welling sought to remove photography from its subject, in order to trigger personal associations in the viewer and to explore how we see, rather than what we see. These works were frequently contact-printed to gain what Welling described as “a facsimile effect,” involving no enlargement from the negative. As Welling stated at the time, “the (small) image convinces me of its truth in a way larger images cannot.”

The exhibition and publication, Mind on Fire, brings together around one hundred of Welling’s early, experimental and abstract works from this period, statements which surround the mechanical and philosophical parameters of photography, being tested through a variety of photographic paper, film, cameras; materials in flux and subject to a myriad of simultaneous meanings.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership between MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea — CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Special thanks also to David Zwirner, New York; Maureen Paley, London; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid; Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris.

We acknowledge the generous support of the U .S. Consulate General Vancouver and Capture Photography Festival.

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  • Beate S.

    excellent

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gracias a todos por venir. Los esperamos pronto!

    Next tour:
    Saturday, March 9, 3pm
    A tour of the current exhibitions on display in Spanish led by photographer Avelina Crespo.

    December 16, 2013

  • Renata

    A me tambien, lo siento! Navidad es el tiempo muy ocupado.

    December 16, 2013

  • Marina S.

    Fue muy original y interesante.

    December 15, 2013

  • Carollyne

    Easy to understand, short but very worthwhile Happy to meet other meetup members

    December 15, 2013

  • Olga

    El trafficoooooooi, ufffff..... Lo siento:(

    December 15, 2013

  • Liz M.

    Hoy trabajo, lo siento

    December 15, 2013

  • Marina S.

    Es buena idea. Me encanta ver las pinturas y fotografias. Es bueno para practicar espanol.

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Es gratis la entrada? Necesito cash para algun donativo?

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Que bonito! Me apunto, me encanta el tema!

    December 15, 2013

  • Shaun

    Gratis!

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Monica Alejandra Urbina C.

    Cuanto cuesta la entrada de la exposicion?

    December 13, 2013

  • Nicolas

    Soy un admirador de fotografía y me encantaria compartir con ustedes esta exposición.

    December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mirando hacia adelante a la reunión de todo el mundo en el tour

    November 18, 2013

  • Beate S.

    Hasta luego Soy tambien una artista, escultura

    November 17, 2013

  • Aaron Z.

    Soy artista, pintador, y el tema me interesa mucho y ojala les junte a ustedes.

    November 17, 2013

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