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Stephanie Brown Inc. Wins Award of Merit at the 2013 IDIBC Awards

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Congratulations to our friend Stephanie Brown for her beautiful feature in GRAY Magazine. Stephanie has been working on some truly stunning projects over the past year. Her vision and direction are truly impeccable.  This particular townhouse won the 2013 IDIBC Award of Merit for a Residential Project. Her unique interpretation of the ‘West Coast’ approach was noted by the jury.    

Congratulations Chris Collacott

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Congratulations to Chris Collacott for placing in the top 50 of the 2013 EPSON International Photographic Panorama Awards. One of Collacott’s’ winning pieces, Electric Vancouver, is available for purchase in Framagraphic’s showroom. Collacott’s panoramic work has come a long way from his early beginnings- which involved working with 35 mm film stitched together by scotch tape. Now, through careful planning, forecasting, location-scouting, and with some of the best digital equipment available, Collacott has developed a formula for capturing stunning and sophisticated images. Not everything can be planned though, and like a true photographer, Collacott must be flexible- open to the unexpected, and accepting when Mother Nature decides she’s not yet ready for her close-up. Vancity Buzz has recently featured Chris in an interview where you can learn more about his inspiration, his process, and some of the best spots he’s found. Congratulations Chris!

Asleep in Your Branches: Photography by Tristan Casey for Capture Photo Fest

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Photography by Tristan Casey Asleep in Your Branches October 11th – November 2nd Positive Negative Gallery, 436 Columbia Street     Asleep in Your Branches  opens October 11th at Positive Negative Gallery as part of Capture’s city-wide celebration of lens based art. Casey’s career has traversed both artistic and commercial photography, with a keen eye for the photogenic. Despite being fluent in the realm of digital photography, Casey is adamant about the virtues of analog film. Casey states in one of his journal entries, “film’s greatest strength is also it’s weakness.” He argues there is something incomplete about an image that is produced when light is exposed to a reactive film,  which is what high definition and 3D imaging appears to have been designed to remedy- though without clearly exploring whether it is indeed a problem that needs fixing. What lacks in film photographs is what entices the mind and […]

Barbara Parkin at Framagraphic August 20 – September 10

This Quiet Walk, Barbara Parkin

Barbara Parkin August 20th – September 10th Framagraphic is pleased to present the work of Vancouver-based artist Barbara Parkin from August 20 – September 10th. Parkin is an established painter, who has been active with the Federation of Canadian Artists for many years. Her paintings depict, but also develop out of, a strong relationship with nature. Earthy hues and tones are built up, likes the soil, through layers of paint on each of her canvases. The paintings themselves depict trees and flowers just as often as they depict less recognizable subjects- puddles of water, or reflections of light. Parkin’s brushwork is loose and active, well suited to represent the loose soil and constantly shivering leaves and pedals she paints. It’s as though the wind continues to pass through them, in between the bark of the trees. About the Artist: In 1990 Parkin finished a Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing […]

Short Stories Photography Exhibition

Short Stories Exhibition

  Framagraphic is pleased to offer discounted custom framing services for photographers interested in submitting work to Vernissage’s Short Stories photography exhibition. The call is free of charge, and open to all Lower Mainland photographers. This juried group exhibition will examine contemporary story telling through a series of images exploring personal, familial, cultural and/or universal imagery. The jury is looking for a cohesive series; perhaps an excerpt from a larger body of work.  Photography is often associated with documentary- the photograph being a record of something that was, or something that happened. It is also often associated with truth- with dutifully recording what appeared before the lens. Where story comes in to a photograph is not as easy to identify. The lens snaps shut in an instant. Movement is frozen, mouths are caught open, and time, which is essential to story telling, is eclipsed.   This challenge posed by Short […]

Russell Leng: Geometric Landscapes

Russell Leng framed in white Floater Frame

We recently had the opportunity to frame a painting by Vancouver-based artist, Russell Leng, for one of our clients. The client framed a canvas of Leng’s original work (pictured above), which is characteristic of his interest in the relationship between organic marks and geometric forms. The tension between the seemingly hard edges of specific forms, and the looseness of brushstrokes creates a truly dynamic painting. Leng notes this phenomenon in nature as well, “a tree breaking through a concrete sidewalk, or a housing development by a river. I want to examine these relationships between natural and built landscapes, conjuring a new sense of place. By confronting the viewer’s perception of landscape, I aim to question how these unceasing amalgamations change how we identify with our environments, and perceive ourselves within them.” The float frame is a similar mix of shape. The overall squareness of both the frame and the corners is contradicted […]

Framing for Global Photography Competition Fotofilmic

Untitled, by Dareos Khalili.

  Framagraphic is thrilled to announce we will be the official framing sponsor for the global photography competition, Fotofilmic. The worldwide call for submissions resulted in a selection of some of the best contemporary analog photography. From there, the jurors painstakingly carved out a shortlist of 30 finalists. The results of the competition will be shown in an exhibition at Positive Negative gallery August 1st, Framagraphic framing the photographs for the event. The competition was founded by VNB, the project of Virginie Lamarche and Bastien Desfriches Doria- two of Vancouver’s most ardent supporters of analog photography.  Despite having only recently settled in Vancouver, the pair have managed to develop what is soon to become the backbone of analog photography in the city. With workshops, private tutorials, and a community eco-darkroom in the mix, VNB hopes to draw celluloid back into the attention of fine art practice. Fotofilmic’s curatorial method was twofold, in the hopes […]

Framing Marc Chagall

The Poet Reclining 1915 by Marc Chagall 1887-1985

[Chagall: Modern Master is at Tate Liverpool until 6 October 2013 ]   We have been working on framing a number of Marc Chagall prints owned by a Vancouver collector, and thought this would be a good time to speak a bit about his work. Particularly, since Tate Liverpool’s Chagall: Modern Master exhibition will focus on the artist’s time in Paris before the First World War, his visit to Berlin and his exhibition there in 1914, and the years he spent in his native Russia around the time of the Revolution in 1917. At the moment, we are framing two prints by the artist. Because the prints had not been framed archivally, using acid-free materials, they had suffered quite severe ‘matte-burns‘. Vancouver conservationist Rebecca Pavitt managed to do an incredible job restoring the pieces, with one of the prints pictured below.     Marc Chagall Russian-born painter, lithographer, etcher and designer. […]

Kitsilano Secondary School Student Exhibition May 9 – 23rd

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Framagraphic is pleased to present the work of three talented Kitsilano Secondary students in our gallery. These young artists were given the challenge to take a piece of artwork from Framagraphic’s collection, and incorporate it into their own way of art-making. The original artworks by Joanne Issac, Coar, and Brian Mason, were the starting points. The students invested both their time and their newly developing skills into the project. From drawing on top of the originals, to cutting and collaging the artwork, each student has taken a different approach as to how to how to use what other artists have left behind. Julie (Based on Untitled (Jar), by Coar) When I was younger I went to the UBC Museum of Anthropology and saw something that completely shocked me. A group of Tibetan monks were working on a beautiful mandala with soft, colourful sands. Once it was finished, the fragile art […]

Framagraphic presents Place des Arts artist: Nino Dobrosavljevic

Vermeer Master of Light, oil on canvas by Nino Dobrosavljevic

  Framagraphic is pleased to present the artwork of Nino Dobrosavljevic, which will be on display in our gallery until June 1st. Nino Dobrosavljevic is a self-taught painter whose skills have been developed by a passionate study and observation of the old artists. In the nineties, Dobrosavljevic moved from Croatia to Germany, where he exhibited widely. In 1996, he immigrated to Vancouver, Canada where he continues to paint. Dobrosavljevic opens windows to the past by making contact with painters that have come before him. He represents their work in front of us, often quite literally- by creating an arrangement of contemporary objects, photos, or books, which foreground historical tropes. In this way, his small tableaus put Pierre Bonnard into view with Vermeer, or Kandinsky into a Dutch Renaissance still life. The illusionism of the paintings, the “tromp l’oeil”, or trick of the eye, is one that tests the painterly techniques […]