Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Evan Lee, Portrait of the Artist's Grandmother, 2007, 38 x 48 inches
Evan Lee, Portrait of the Artist's Grandmother, 2007
2008 Featured Exhibition

Evan Lee
Drawn from Memory

April 30–June 8, 2008
Monte Clark Gallery
55 Mill St, Bldg 2

Evan Lee’s recent black and white images were
photographed in a near documentary style. While
some of the works are documentary depictions,
others are more or less created from real events.
Shot over the past few years, Lee has moved away
from the photographic experiments and still life
images that he is typically known for, to subjects
that stem from the everyday world. He captures
elements of daily life – some are accurate
reflections of reality while others are
recreations of scenarios inspired by past ideas
and memories. The subjects shown in these
photographs are all familiar to the artist, which
results in a personalized portrayal of people and
places in Vancouver.

As the images came together as a series, various
themes materialized reflecting Lee’s thoughts,
experiences and influences. One idea most evident
in this body of work is the artist’s concerns with
life and death. Shortly after Lee took a
photograph of his grandmother entitled Portrait of
the Artist’s Grandmother, she passed away. This
theme is further developed in Hedge Entrance
between Old and Abray Sections, Mountainview
Cemetery, which focuses on the skeletal twigs and
branches of a cut hedge that separate a cemetery
from a residential neighborhood.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

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Toronto ON M5V 2J4
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