Opening reception on Friday, April
10, 2017, 3-6pm
We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are.
Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd is very pleased to present I, Volume 1, a solo exhibition of photographic works by Victoria Kon as part of Capture Photography Festival. In her debut solo exhibition, I, Volume 1 features a series of photographs that were formed by her artbook of the same name. Printed and hand-bound by Kon herself, the artbook was produced in association with Publication Studio Vancouver and is available for purchase through Art Beatus.
Shooting on film photography, each image is a “portrait” with what looks like two oval cut outs that reveal only the eye area of the sitter. Funny enough, the idea for this series of photographs came out of Kon's anxieties with human interaction and – more specifically – eye contact. According to Kon, “...each set of eyes were printed on nonsensical colored pages” in the artbook in order “to remove possible anthropological or racial connotations”.
This ocular composition of depicting the eyes of the sitter affords a partial anonymity, like a reverse masquerade mask; however, the images result in a focused attention to the eyes and the often humorous expressions that their owner makes with them. The camera may mediate the human interaction of eye contact between the artist and her subjects but, in almost all of the photographs, ironically, the direct gaze of the sitter's eyes now seem to confront the self-conscious gaze of the viewer of these photographs.
Born in the Greater Vancouver area to
Chinese-Singaporean parents, Victoria Kon is
currently studying at Simon Fraser University with a
Visual Arts Major and Print and Digital Publishing
Minor and will soon be a new graduate as she concludes
her program this Spring. With a passion for design and
publishing, Kon has collaborated with other
artists and arts organizations such as Unit/Pitt
Studios Publication and Publication Studio Vancouver.
In addition, she has been awarded the SFU Service
Award from Simon Fraser University School for the
1 Berger, John.
Ways of Seeing, (London: Penguin, 1972), 9.
information, please visit our website at www.artbeatus.com
or call the gallery at 1 (604) 688-2633.
Art Beatus, with a location in Vancouver, Canada and two locations in Hong Kong, showcases international art with a focus on contemporary Chinese art. Art Beatus (Vancouver) is located in the Nelson Square Office Tower at 108 – 808 Nelson Street in Vancouver, BC.
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