M+B is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Jessica Eaton, the artist's second at the gallery. The exhibition will run from September 24 through November 12, 2016, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 24 from 6 to 8 pm.
Created with a large-format analog camera, Jessica Eaton's latest works further investigate the fundamental properties of photography. The exhibition features three new bodies of work that challenge the photographic medium as a surrogate for human vision. The Transitions series builds on the artist's acclaimed Cubes For Albers and LeWitt (cfaal) series, utilizing additive color techniques and layering of multiple exposures to produce increasingly complex, geometric compositions in rich, saturated hues. Also on view will be a selection of Pictures for Women, celebrated examples of artwork by female artists as interpreted through Eaton's experimental camera techniques. In part influenced by her earlier works such as cfaal 18 (mb RGB) where Eaton used motion blur to move the film, these new pictures are photographed on kinetic sets to create dynamic, looped forms bathed in luminous color. Images from the Revolutions series also use these kinetic set-ups, but where the Pictures for Women have real world references, the Revolutions are set against black backgrounds, with colors that emerge from Eaton's own grayscale patterns through her trademark color separation techniques.
Jessica Eaton (b. 1977, Regina, Saskatchewan) received her BFA from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Solo exhibitions include Wild Permutations at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland; Flash: Jessica Eaton at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside; and Ad Infinitum, The Photographers' Gallery, London. Eaton has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Under Construction - New Positions in American Photography, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Process and Abstraction at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Transformer Station; Color Acting: Abstraction Since 1950 at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida; Québec Triennial at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Photography is Magic, Daegu Photography Biennale; and Phantasmagoria at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver. Eaton was nominated this year for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. In 2015, Eaton was selected by the Capture Photography Festival to create a major public art commission for the city of Vancouver. Notable press includes The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, ARTnews (cover) and The Guardian. Her work can be found in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, among others. Jessica Eaton lives and works in Montréal.