Angell Gallery: Dan Hudson: Measures of Time

Dan Hudson - Moon, 2013
Publish date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5-25, 2017

ANGELL GALLERY is very excited to present DAN HUDSON: MEASURES OF TIME, recent videos and lenticular photographs by this important Alberta-based artist. Running from May 5 through May 27, 2017, the show is part of the CONTACT Photography Festival.

Dan Hudson is at the forefront of photography’s continually expanding borders. As a former adventure and outdoor sports photographer, Hudson has a deeply felt connection to the environment, and the fruits of his art practice provide a thoughtful meditation on nature’s clock and humankind’s existence within the cosmic cycle.

The medium of lenticular photography beautifully suits Hudson’s purpose. “Lenticular photographs document a world that is moving through space and drifting through time,” says the artist, who creates these works by layering precisely framed photographs of the same subject taken at different times of day and seasons. Hudson’s lenticular photographs actively engage the viewer, whose own movement animates them.

The "Moon" lenticular print (shown here) is 20 layers made from 19 images with a new moon on each end. The original concept was to create a series of works based on the astrological measures of time. Photographing images of the moon with a telephoto lens over the course of two years, Hudson's goal was to compile images of the moon waxing and waning throughout the cycle.  Instead of digitally manipulating one photograph, Hudson reflects, "I wanted the beautiful cross light that reveals the craters along the edge of the moon to be visible on each phase. I wanted the human factor of standing outside and documenting the process to be incorporated to the finished work. I wanted to portray the reality of time."

In the video diptych, The Illusion of the Sun Going Down, footage of the sun setting in Venice is juxtaposed with a video of NASA close-ups of the sun at the exact same time, a pairing that dramatically illustrates the magnitude of a daily event we often take for granted. The aim of this and other works in Measures of Time, is, as Hudson says, “to tie the ground below our feet to the cosmos above our heads.”

Dan Hudson is a mid-career artist working in photography, video, painting and sculpture. He has a BFA from York University, and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the University of California. Recent shows include a major installation at the Nickle Galleries in Calgary, solo exhibitions at the Whyte Museum in Banff, Esplanade Gallery in Medicine Hat, and group shows in Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and North America. Hudson has received numerous awards, including the Edmonton International Film Festival Grand Jury Award, and is represented in private and public collections.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Reservations: Not required
Organized by: Angell Gallery
Location: 1444 Dupont St., Unit 15 (Entrance off Campbell Ave.), Toronto, ON  M6P 4H3