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7 Deadly Sins

Artist bios

Greg Klassen

Greg KlassenGreg Klassen was a Canadian photographer, artist and marine biologist. Born in Cologne, Germany, his father served as a diplomat working in Canada’s Foreign Services. Klassen spent his childhood travelling around the world— from Hong Kong, to western Europe and eventually the West Coast of Canada. Klassen credited the experiences of his youth as an influence on his later work. He began his career in biology and art during these early years, when he kept a colony of snails, and documented them with sketches and photographs. His brother gave him his first Nikon camera when he was in his early teens and it became one of his most treasured possessions.

He went on to earn a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Marine Biogeography from the University of Toronto. He completed his post-doctoral studies at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During these years, Klassen worked as a scientific illustrator and microscopic photographer. He moved to New Brunswick in the 1990s where he taught marine biology. Profoundly colour-blind, Klassen attributed his work with famed Canadian photographer, Freeman Patterson, as a critical step to helping him surmount this serious obstacle in his journey as a photographer and artist.

After a 30-year career in marine biology, Klassen began to focus seriously on photography. In 2009 he received a Diploma in Advanced Studies (Visual Arts) from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. In 2010 he was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. In 2012 the UNB Art Centre exhibited Distractions that presented a “portfolio of images designed to raise awareness of the (often subliminal) emotional issues of roadside memorials in a society that increasingly seeks to marginalize death.”1

In 2012, he moved to British Columbia and graduated from Emily Carr University with a Master of Applied Arts degree. He passed away unexpectedly at age 59 while living on Salt Spring Island off the coast of Vancouver. Greg Klassen is remembered for his contributions to both photography and biology. His work has been featured in over 30 individual and group exhibitions.

SOURCES:

1 Artist Statement, Distractions, UNB Art Centre, 2012

https://www.gulfislandsdriftwood.com/obituaries/klassen-gregory-john/
https://www.sjartscentre.ca/2017/10/06/remembering-greg-klassen/

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky is recognized as one of Canada’s most important contemporary photographers of the twenty-first century. Born in 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario, he was influenced early on by the impact of the General Motors plant on his hometown.

In 1982, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works. Offering darkrooms, digital software and affordable equipment, this photographic centre provided a much-needed work-space for the Toronto photographic community. In 1988 he participated in Breaking Ground, a touring exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Burtynsky pioneered the use of large format digital colour photographs to show images that focus on the impact of human industry on the planet. They document the effects of irrigation, mining and extraction, farming, manufacturing, overpopulation and gross consumption. Through the use of seductive commercial techniques like scale and colour saturation, he shows the beauty inherent in this destruction.

Before Google Earth and drones were commonplace, Edward Burtynsky’s photographs provided an aerial perspective on the world. Sometimes shooting from 800 feet above the earth, he focused on composition, light and shade; finding viewpoints that reduced detail and flattened objects into abstract shapes and patterns. He now has a custom-built drone mounted with a GoPro and a sixty-megapixel Hasselblad camera that gives him unlimited access to the view from above from the ground. Burtynsky’s photographs show with HD clarity what has been hidden and forces us to recognize our place in this global reality.

In 2003, the National Gallery of Canada organized a mid-career retrospective Manufactured Landscapes where the iconic images of the tailing ponds in Sudbury, Ontario brought him national acclaim. Since then he has exhibited widely, produced books and films, and collaborated with the Scotia Bank Contact Photography Festival to provide an award for Canadian Photobook projects. As well, he opened Think2Thing, a 3D printing company in 2014. He has received many awards including eight Honorary Degrees, the TED prize in 2005, the Order of Canada in 2006, the Canadian Environmental Award in 2008, the MOCCA Award in 2011, the Governor General’s Award in 2016, the title Master of Photography in 2018 by Photo London and the Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2019. His images are also featured in the Daniel Libeskind National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. In 2018 the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario presented Anthropocene, a retrospective of Burtynsky’s work which featured an immersive visitor experience of his large-scale murals through Augmented Reality.

In 2006, he began to explore the possibilities of documentary film and produced Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and Anthropocene (2018) with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. He continues to work in Canada, sitting on the board of directors for CONTACT: Toronto’s International Photography Festival and assists in the operation of the Ryerson Image Centre.

In 2017, the University of New Brunswick received a donation of 25 digital chromogenic prints spanning 30 years of artistic production, as well as Pentimento, a portfolio of prints pulled from plates used to produce the Shipbreaking series. This donation was featured in the exhibition A Terrible Beauty: The Seductive Lens of Edward Burtynsky (2017) as part of the UNB Art Centre’s annual World Water Day exhibition. This collection is certified as Canadian Cultural Property by CCPERB, the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, whose mission is to ensure that the nation’s cultural property is protected, preserved, and accessible to the public.

SOURCES:

https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American photographer, freelancer and photojournalist, known for covering armed conflicts and the impact of war on humanity. Born in 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McCurry studied film and theatre arts at Pennsylvania State University and later worked as a freelance photographer for a local newspaper. McCurry is best known for his work with National Geographic and his striking portrait of Sharbat Gula, an Afghani refugee living in a camp outside of Peshawar, Pakistan. The Afghan Girl or the ‘girl with the green eyes’ was first published on the cover of National Geographic in June of 1985 and has been named ‘the most recognized’ photograph in the history of National Geographic. McCurry has covered numerous wars, armed conflicts and insurrections including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq War, the civil wars in Lebanon and Cambodia, and the Islamic Insurgency in the Philippines.

He has presented 10+ solo exhibitions at major institutions around the world and is the recipient of many awards, including two first-place prizes for the World Press Photo Contest (in 1985 and 1992), the National Press Photographers Association Magazine Photographer of the Year, and the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal. McCurry was considered one of the world’s most important photojournalists until 2016 when he was accused of manipulating his documentary photographs using Photoshop. The controversy surrounding this accusation set off a firestorm in the photographic community and he countered with the statement “I’m a Visual Storyteller, not a Photojournalist.”1

Based in the United States, McCurry splits his time between photography and ImagineAsia, a non-profit organization working in partnership with local communities to provide educational resources to children in Afghanistan.

SOURCES:
https://petapixel.com/2016/05/26/photoshopped-photos-emerge-steve-mccurry-scandal/
https://www.stevemccurry.com/bio
http://www.gupmagazine.com/articles/its-all-mixed-an-interview-with-steve-mccurry
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2002/04/afghan-girl-revealed/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/steve-mccurry-afghan-girl-photo/index.html

List of works

Greg Klassen
Distractions, #20
Digital photograph on Ink jet paper
88.9 X 177.8 cm

Edward Burtynsky
Car Terminal, Ritthem,
Zealand, The Netherlands
Digital chromogenic colour print
97.06 X 132.08

Edward Burtynsky
Oxford Tire Pile #4
Wesley, California, USA
Digital chromogenic colour print
121.92 X 152.4 cm

Edward Burtynsky
Alberta Oil Sands, #6
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Digital chromogenic colour print
99.06 X 124.46 cm

Edward Burtynsky
Nickel Tailings #1
Sudbury, Ontario
Digital chromogenic colour print
57.15 X 114.3 cm

Edward Burtynsky
SOCAR Oil Fields #1A/B
Baku, Azerbaijan
Digital chromogenic colour print
121.92 X 182.88 cm

Steve McCurry
Camel and Oil Fields
Chromogenic print
39.0 X 59.75 cm

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West Gallery

Avenging Angels

Artist bio

Pat ByersBorn in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1971, Patrick Byers studied Photography and Computer Graphics at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design during the mid 90s. However, his early art was practiced in the streets where he painted graffiti on the derelict and abandoned buildings of the port city. Eventually, his painting style became so popular that he received a number of commissions to paint murals in community centres, clubs and bars.

Pat Byers has worked in a range of media including sculpture, robotics, photo manipulation, and painting. His photo manipulations are composed of hundreds of images layered one on top of the other. These images are abraded, warped, erased, modified and digitally enhanced to create the final composition. His exploration of dark themes, hellfire and religious iconography is often graphic and violent. Under the name 101 Industries, Patrick Byers presents his work in a variety of international online Zines and Forums that showcase artists whose digital creations focus on fantastic or visionary imagery, apocalyptic themes, and challenge conventional notions of beauty. Pat Byers was featured in Heavy Metal Magazine (2016) and was commissioned to create the graphics for the Ibanez H.R. Giger series of  custom guitars. His work can be found on INSIDE ArtZine’s artscum.org, the Society for Art of Imagination (which boasts honourary members like H.R. Giger, Bob Venosa, Martina Hoffman and Laurie Lipton), arteoscurodarkartblog, Epilogue, Virus, as well as Pinterest and Instagram. Patrick Byers participated in the UNB Art Centre’s Against the Wall: The Art of Graffiti in 1997 and in Werkstatt 2005. He currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta where he participated in the Artist-in-Residence program at the Ortona Armoury Art Gallery in 2018.

List of works

Town Justice, 2004
Photo manipulation/digital print
50.7 X 74.5 cm

Arcing Sword, 2004
Photo manipulation/digital print
81.5 X 50.5 cm

Angel of Death, 2004
Photo manipulation/digital print
51.0 X 73.0 cm

The Calling, 2004
Photo manipulation/digital print
66.5 X 50.7 cm

A note on the “Chanson” by Matthaeus Pipelare

"Fors seulement. l’Attente que je meure, Car mon malheur si fort me tourmente. Qui n’est doluer que par vous je ne sente, Pour ce que suis de vous perdre bien seure."

The excerpt of the Chanson used in Avenging Angels is from the late middle ages/early Renaissance period. While many such arrangements exist, this version is by the Flemish composer and Polyphonist Matthaeus Pipelare (c.1450-1515). Though little is known about him, he along with artist Hieronymous Bosch, belonged to the Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady. While many of his works were lost during World War II, a number of masses, motets, and songs have survived.

The bells were recorded at the Montreal Black Lives Matter protest by Chooi Foong Chong on May 31, 2020.

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