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Colin Smith: Obscure Inversions

Based on his experiences working as a trained lighting technician and cinematographer in the film industry, Calgary-based photographer Colin Smith has developed a visual arts practice investigating the most simple lens-based technologies.

This exhibition will present a series of high definition, large format images of found and constructed camera obscuras in archetypal hotel room ‘sets’. This body of work relates to his previous photographs documenting abandoned and decaying structures, such as prairie farmhouses and lookout shelters.  When basic projection techniques are combined with light, inverted and unconcealed - even banal settings become magical.

A second work in the exhibition functions as a hybrid zoetrope and camera obscura sculpture that projects dual projected and moving images. Colin Smith: Obscure Inversions explores the power and allure of analogue image production.

Kristy Trinier

Kristy Trinier is the former Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Previously, as the Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at Banff Centre. Trinier has written for Canadian Art, Momus and other arts publications. She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands.

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  • Art Gallery of Alberta


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