January 27 - February 12, 2005
Opening Thursday February 3, 6-8 pm
British Columbia artist Grace Gordon-Collins examines the
“inherent truth” of object and place, and the
fact that the real truth is often not as it appears. The vivid
C-prints in Pulp explore personal memories, cultural
history and pulp iconography. Reminiscence and experience
as well as truth and fantasy are reinterpreted.
Images in the 45 x 30 inch prints were taken with a medium-format
Hasselblad and digitally combined with brightly-coloured text.
The prints reconstruct the covers of literature known as pulp
fiction. Featuring hard-boiled heroes and glamorous heroines,
dastardly villains and spicy encounters, these detective mysteries,
western adventures and spy episodes were the main source of
mass entertainment in the first half of the 20th century.
Gordon-Collins’ vivid photomontages recall books by
Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer, two masters of pulp fiction
who influenced every medium including comics, movies, and
The exhibit includes two supporting groups of work: The
Dress, a full-scale triptych of photograms of wedding
dresses, and The Port, abstracted glimpses of shipping
Grace Gordon-Collins has been a practising architect in British
Columbia for over twenty-five years. Her award-winning skills
encompass architecture, interior design and photography. She
is a recent graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art &
Design, and has a Masters of Architecture (Photography Major)
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied
under Minor White. White (1908-76) was one of the best-known
names in American photography, as well as one of the greatest
teachers of the medium.