How is power made visible? How is it conveyed by artists current and historical? When do we see power embodied, enacted, and exchanged? Sally Buck and Kent Lins explore these questions in their artist talks and exhibition Power Structures.
In “Women in the Way,” Sally Buck talks about her lifelong interest in creating images of community leaders, activists, and politicians, and why she developed an exhibition featuring women ages 50 to 86. She photographed women who resist, teach, witness, and create change in fields of land and water rights, art, immigration, housing, storytelling, and sustainability. Buck then introduced photo collage, hand drawing, and printmaking techniques. She describes how her process reveals aspects of the subject’s persona and employs art historical methods to suggest narrative and stature in a public portrait. The approach draws attention to how one interprets gendered images, representations of power, and contexts of meaning.
Lins delivers the talk “Energy Constructs,” exploring his ongoing pursuit of bringing dynamism to his photographs, and how this began 40 years ago. For his current exhibition, he shot from unique vantage points, capturing images of early stage construction sites, hydro towers, and substations. Details of these structures – electrical conduit, metal bars, wooden planks – become components for Lins to create completely new artworks. Images are stripped of their associations so that the viewer can form new meanings. Lins discusses the ways he combines these components with his systems of editing, thereby manipulating the once real to create an appearance of dynamic energy and ongoing presence.
Buck and Lins are grateful to work and learn on theunceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Wine and craft beer available for purchase.