February 9, 2024

Weekend Notice: Han Sungpil & Chris Cran

On View : Chris Cran

In the early 1990s Chris Cran turned to half tone technology invented by William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the early pioneers of photography, to make a visually intriguing, grand, and paradoxical suite of portraits, still life and hand gesture paintings.

This was a momentous moment for the artist. Suddenly, that wonderful slippage between representation, abstraction and the formulation of meaning that we love about Chris Cran’s work was made evident: and the secret weapon that animated the work was the  viewer. As Nancy Tousley writes in her insightful essay On the Double, Chris Cran at Play in the Expanded Optical Field

“The image attracts but, when the viewer gets too close, it repels by disintegrating into optically pulsing, seemingly abstract arrangement of high contrast black and white. The eye then experiences a kind of double vision: an illusion that can be turned on and off as the viewer changes position in relation to the painting, and the image falls apart and reforms, false apart and reforms, ad infinitum.”  [ Op. Cit., Chris Cran: Sincerely Yours, exhibition catalogue, pp.36-37, National Gallery of Canada, 2017]

The painting on view until Saturday February 17.

Chris Cran: After the Flood

In collaboration with TrépanierBaer, Herringer Kiss Gallery is presenting Chris Cran: After the Flood as part of the Exposure Photography Festival. Cran came across a few Polaroid photographs that had been in his basement when it flooded in 2005. As he noted:

“When I first saw the recovered original Polaroids, I was struck by both the damage and the beauty.  Faces I knew, peering out through the wrinkled skin of the damaged polaroids, some barely able to be seen, many smiling. It occurred to me several years later, that a set of all nine of the recovered Polaroids would work as an edition, having them side by side for comparison. I had the set hi-res scanned and digitally printed by a professional.”

The opening reception is on Saturday, February 10 at Herringer Kiss Gallery located at Suite 101, 1615 -10 Avenue SW.  The event is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with Chris Cran in attendance.

Image Credit:

Chris Cran
Hand Gesture #5, 1992
Oil and acrylic on canvas / 80” x 60”

Han Sungpil: Canadian Fever 

Audiences are fascinated, mesmerized and enchanted with Han Sungpil’s poetic and elegiac suite of photographs on view now at TrépanierBaer. His lens has recorded the state of wildlife areas ravaged by recent forest fires. Taken during the winter months, a quietude resonates in each photograph throughout the series, and he captures the unconquerable restorative force of nature that heals slowly but assuredly. Come see what others have marvelled at TrépanierBaer.

Han Sungpil in Conversation with David Christensen
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Remarks begin at 5:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Film maker, film producer and photographer David Christensen will lead a conversation with Han Sungpil as they walk through the exhibition Canadian Fever on Wednesday, February 21. You won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to hear comments and insights regarding this lyrical suite of photographs.