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Lisa Matthias, Discarded Map

Harold Edgerton, Bullet Through King (1964), chromogenic print [Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC, Sep 10-Nov 6] Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery © 2015 MIT, Courtesy of MIT Museum

Out Of Sight

Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo BC – Sep 10-Nov 6, 2016

Harold Edgerton, Milk Drop Coronet

Harold Edgerton, Milk Drop Coronet (1936), gelatin silver print [Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC, Sep 10-Nov 6] © 2014 Harold Edgerton / Courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

After a run of inventive, regionally specific exhibitions, NAG curator Jesse Birch has taken a well-deserved breather and booked into the gallery a touring show. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Out of Sight features recent acquisitions by pioneers Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903-1990) – photographers whose combined lifetimes span that of their medium.

As with 21st century photo-based artists like Tori Foster, whose recent composites “depict movement through a sliver of space” (see her current exhibition at the Esplanade in Medicine Hat), so too were Muybridge and Edgerton interested in time, movement and our perception of it. Consider, for example, Muybridge’s photo sequence The Horse In Motion (1878) – how at one point the horse’s hooves leave the ground, and how for some it appeared that the horse was flying.

\A more recent example, one that dazzled audiences during Out of Sight’s 2014 VAG debut, was the ultra-high-speed, stroboscopic and stop-motion photography of Edgerton. In Bullet Through Card (1964), a bullet passes through a King of Diamonds – only sideways! But the real showstopper was Milk Drop Coronet (1936), where an unruly splash begets a lofty crown.

Michael Turner

 Sat, Sep 10, 2016