June 21, 2014 - August 9, 2014
Bullman and Mitchell’s mural-sized digital images entice the eye and reward exploration. From afar, their monumental and mysterious geometric forms, rich textures and warm hues are etched by linear precision and punctuated with bold colour. But closer investigation unbalances our perceptions of scale, and reveals clues gesturing towards the images’ original purpose as documentation of the 2011 archeological dig at the Medalta Historical District in Medicine Hat. Subtle tonal recalibration and their presentation with a video work in an architecturally-scaled installation cause the images to transcend their makers’ original intent, achieving a minimalist formal beauty and evoking a sense of wonder tinged with melancholy at the enigma of human history.
Thunder Bay native Barbara Mitchell is an award-winning filmmaker and an education technology specialist at Medicine Hat College, with a diploma in Broadcasting Radio and Television from Confederation College. As a producer, writer and videographer for Stream Media, her work has been exhibited across Canada, at the National Museum of Australia, and broadcast worldwide on the Discovery Channel.
Sheridan Bullman’s photographic practice is informed by training in the visual arts, architecture, engineering and industrial design from Medicine Hat College, University of Alberta and Ryerson Polytechnic. He is an architectural, industrial and structural designer whose work includes buildings in Medicine Hat, Halifax, the Muskoka region, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and Seoul, Korea.
The artists gratefully acknowledge The Friends of Medalta Society for granting permission to use the copyrighted images and Talva Jacobson, Archeologist, for inspiring the conversation about the ephemeral.