Gallery Show – David Burdeny
Often I go to galleries to see photographic prints and I am usually less than impressed. Rarely am I blown away by the artist’s work and by the quality of the prints. Maybe I am just jaded because I see too much of the same old, same old cliched ‘fine art’ photography.
Recently I went to the Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary to see the work of lauded Vancouver photographer David Burdeny (gallery link) and in this case the artist not only lived up to the marketing hype, he surpassed it! This is a case where the images on the web do not even come minutely close to the the experience you get looking at the huge prints. I was stunned by the artistic vision and by the quality of the images in the gallery.
David photographs using an 8×10 view camera and and the prints are chromogenic colour images with a broad tonal range and rich detail. The content of the images is the edge where the urban and natural environment meet and the results are mesmerizing and mouth-watering and oh so memorable. Check David’s website for upcoming exibitions and go see his work in a gallery near you!
New Note: I just found out from Tim Parkin, see comments below, that David is at the heart of a big controversy about copying other people’s images. I was unaware of this when I saw the show the day it was being hung at the gallery. The gallery has pulled David’s show so it is no longer available to Calgary viewers. See Tim’s links below to see ll the hub-bub. Hmmm….