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. The artist will be in town for the opening reception, Friday, May 5, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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 lenticular series, Berlin in Four Seasons, captures a park’s monuments in changing light and weather conditions, akin to a contemporary take on the 16th century master Pieter Brueghel’s iconic paintings of The Months. In the lenticular triptych, Galaxy, City, Earth, a panorama of the Manhattan skyline is bookended by images of a galaxy and the earth seen from space, visibly connecting the urban environment to the universal time/space continuum in which it exists.
Hudson’s videos also reflect on time’s cycles. While broadly inspired by durational film classics such as Andy Warhol’s Empire or Michael Snow’s Wavelength, Hudson’s works are wider in scope and more personal in tone. Cemetery Path, a video the artist describes as “somewhere between still photography and film,” is pervaded by a gentle melancholy reminiscent of the paintings of German Romantic, David Caspar Friedrich.
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.