TIMES | X2 | TWO
Capture Photography Festival 2018
Exhibition from April 5, 2018 to April 28, 2018
NEW WESTMINSTER : April 5-28, 2018 - Van Dop Gallery presents TIMES | X2 | TWO, an exhibition of contemporary photography by Rodrigo Sarrat-Cave and Gregory Geipel.
TIMES | X2 | TWO examines issues of urbanism, development, gentrification, decay, reconfiguration and adaptation of urban spaces. Cities are dynamic organisms in a constant state of change. A neighbourhood corner store becomes an empty lot. An empty lot becomes an urban park. An abandoned warehouse becomes a restaurant. A train station becomes a mall.
Using both traditional and digital tools, Rodrigo and Gregory present the urban landscape both as realistic fragments and as surrealistic composites. Their images provide a contextual timeline of urban spaces, where they come from, where they are now and where they may be going.
Rodrigo-Sarrat Cave began his photographic career in the darkroom of the Photographic Society at the University of British Columbia. The analog chemical process provided ample opportunities for experimentation, as well as cementing the foundations of photography. The shift from analog to digital image-making inspired Rodrigo to begin exploring the idea of fragmenting the real world with the camera and reconstructing it with digital tools. In his latest work Rodrigo blends multiple images of a scene to create urban deconstructions that shift reality into ambiguous incomplete puzzles. The imaging process requires precision in one hand and serendipity in the other. Exploiting the limitations of photo editing software has allowed Rodrigo to find new tools to manifest his vision.
Gregory Geipel is a fine art and editorial photographer whose work reflects the experience of growing up in post-Expo 86 Vancouver. Through traditional and digital photography, Geipel explores the evolving city of his childhood—the rapidly disappearing corner stores, ghostly abandoned industrial spaces, gentrifying urban enclaves—and the iconic West Coast landscape that stands in bold contrast to city life.