Power Structures: Women In the Way

Joanne Manley: Water Protector by Sally Buck

April 4-28, 2019

VanGalleries Presents at the Beaumont: 2109 Alberta Street @ West 5th Ave, Vancouver

How is power made visible? How is it conveyed by artists current and historical? When do we see power embodied, enacted, and exchanged? Sally Buck and Kent Lins explore these questions in their exhibition Power Structures.

In “Women in the Way,” Sally Buck shares her lifelong interest in creating images of activists, and the reasons she’s developed an exhibition featuring women ages 50 to 86. She photographed women who resist, teach, witness, and create change in fields of land and water rights, art, immigration, housing, storytelling, and sustainability. Buck then introduces photo collage, hand drawing, and printmaking techniques. This shows aspects of a sitter’s persona and employs art historical methods to suggest narrative and stature in a public portrait. The approach draws attention to how one interprets gendered images, representations of power, and contexts of meaning.

Kent Lins presents “Energy Combines,” exploring his ongoing pursuit to bring dynamism to his photographs, and how this began 40 years ago. For his current exhibition, he seized his raw material from an anticipated and fleeting moment at a Vancouver building site, whose footprint laid bare its essential materials. Photographing from a unique vantage point, he captured images of electrical conduit tubes meandering through rebar, signs of early stage construction. They had an ordered and organic appearance, a careful layout optimal for efficiently powering a multi-storey tower. Moments later these constituents were obscured by poured concrete: a memory submerged. Lins energises his imagery with his systems of editing, manipulating the once visible to create an appearance of scintillating activity, flow and change, ongoing presence.

Power Dynamics by Kent Lins