Opening reception: Thursday, June 11, 7 – 9 pm
Then, copy, portraiture, figure, diagram, icon, picture, mimicry, echo.
Then, gnomon, clue, trail, vestige, indie, evidence, symptom, trace.
Then, muniment, monument, keepsake, memento, souvenir, cue.
- Charles Sanders Peirce 1905
Subject turned object and wood turning on grandfather’s lathe and turned wooden objects turned false monument in landscapes
seeking to recapture the experience of a place where…
an archive of images taken from a time of personal upheaval 15 years prior
a grandfather’s wood workshop wall left untouched for 25 years.
Muniment evidences ownership over a document tracing legal lineage.
Heaps and hill sought out in search of a landscape
where a young self was lost
Gazes meeting gazes
Camera acting as mediator
Images replacing lived experience
Clinging to her camera to save from possession, she photographs nearly every act; every praying mantis and every willing person.
Soft murder, Susan Sontag would say.
Actual murder he would cry in the night; ranting, raving of the guns buried in the yard,
and the terrible things he had done and the spot on that girls back not from the sun.
You will wonder is there a murder in words?
Is it safe to be using these films? Is her skin the wrong colour to put that up on a white wall?
Can hair still hold power decades later? The colour of the sky, of the flag, of sex, drugs and witchcraft.
Photographing mounds reminiscent of the Hill under guise of environmentalist sublime seeking pretence.
In the early days of the first trip to Botswana, before learning the legend of said Hill, its star-crossed lovers, and the bad omen that befalls anyone foolish enough to climb its cliffs, hiking up the Baratani to photograph, she came upon an inexplicably smouldering tree. Through wisps of smoke lay the translucent shed skin of a python.
She wondered how it would feel to be swallowed whole.
Muniment Monument combines landscape, portrait and object, portrait subject turned object. Object turned of wood, turned into monument through photograph. Glaring gazes confront complexities. The photograph, just as the painting, a means to preserve the losing self, layered with anxiety and seen through obscuring.
tangled landscapes entangle stand-ins
MAEGAN HILL-CARROLL is an artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles and a BFA from the University of Manitoba where she grew up in Winnipeg building houses. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in Los Angeles. Most recently as one of CONTACT’s primary exhibition at Gallery 44 in Toronto. Her writing has been published in the contemporary art magazine Fillip.
This body of work is derived from security patterns found inside envelopes that were received by regular mail or that were given to the artist by friends. These patterns are traced by hand onto various semi-transparent papers, emphasizing the delicacy and artfulness of the original object while stripping it of its utilitarian provenance. The subtleties and imperfections that are the inevitable result of a manual process add interest and nuance to the drawings, which act as a kind of skin or facsimile more than a representation. The fetishization of the marks belie their mechanical nature as do the organic lines of the torn edges that hint at some narrative content. These are found objects, elevated to elegant forms by the meticulous re-articulation of line.
Matt Trahan is an artist currently living in Victoria, BC where he teaches drawing and contemporary art theory at The University of Victoria. He holds a BFA from The University of Western Ontario (2009) with an additional major in philosophy and an MFA from The University of Victoria (2012). His work examines the material possibilities of drawing by challenging some of its most fundamental precepts, including the relationship between positive and negative space, figure and ground, and the discreteness of line. Recent exhibitions include Duplicate at Deluge Contemporary Art, Post Rem at the Burrard Arts Foundation, Come Undone at the Visual Arts Building of the University of Victoria; Breathing Dust, Michael Audain Gallery, Victoria; and surface to air, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria