Another fun event out in Downtown Vancouver was the Opening Reception for photographer Antonia Jane Allan. Her show, Abandoned X: American, took place at MakeShift Spaces, a pop-up space dedicated to helping small businesses, artists, and speakers to achieve exposure.
It's been quite a while since I've attended an art show (my last gallery visit was at the VAG whom was hosting the dinner conference I was shooting...) and I am pretty sure that checking out more art is on my TO DO list for 2018. Antonia's scenes were rich in colour and textures. Abandoned places never lose their creepy interest. Seeing past lives decay and their spaces be left vulnerable to mother nature reminds us of our own temporary stay here. When we are gone, what is left behind of us? I've started reading becasue 2018 is also the year that I am trying to exchange scrolling for digesting actual physical books. One line I read the other night from The Essex Serpent is quite a fitting description for this Abandoned collection:
"All that is solid melts into air ... whole empires are brought down by nothing but ivy and time."
So very true.
More gallery shows and more books. 2018.