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Sand Wan, Magic Domain #4

Sand Wan, Magic Domain #4 (2015), inkjet print [Viridian Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 12-Jun 23]

Sand Wan: Guei Hou

Viridian Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 12-Jun 23, 2016

Sand Wan, Fall #1
Sand Wan, Fall #1 (2015), inkjet print [Viridian Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 12-Jun 23]

Sand Wan, Silent #1

Sand Wan, Silent #1 (2015), inkjet print [Viridian Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 12-Jun 23]

Sand Wan, Visual Perception #4

Sand Wan, Visual Perception #4 (2015), inkjet print [Viridian Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 12-Jun 23]

Born in Hong Kong in 1949, Sand studied design before settling into commercial practice. After moving to Richmond, BC in the 1990s, the self-taught photographer deepened his commitment to the medium. Last year, the Richmond Art Gallery mounted an exhibition of Sand’s photographs of Finn Slough, a seaport community that Sand describes as having “unimaginable and primitive beauty that is both simple and compelling.”

In his first Vancouver exhibition, Sand presents a series of works whose title might be that of a seaport in Xinbei, Taiwan. If the source of the title is uncertain, that is the intention. According to curator Sen Wong: “Looking at Sand Wan’s photographs is a negotiation between what you see versus what you know. Solely looking at the images, one may pick up hints of the actual subject here and there, but with no specific title to refer to, the viewer is free to experience his/her minds' abstractions and compositions.”

Most noticeable in Sand’s black and white photographs is a lack of human presence, but also the artist’s technical ability. Are these photos taken from a satellite? Are they microscopic close-ups of a beach rock? Or are they the result of something cooked up in post-production? One can only keep looking.

Michael Turner







































Sand Wan, Magic Domain #1

Sand Wan, Magic Domain #1 (2015), inkjet print [Viridian Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 12-Jun 23]



 Thu, Jun 9, 2016