"Both Lee and Koleszar are emerging artists working within a city that has a dominant tradition of photographic practices, a context that is ripe for some cross-cultural mutation...both practices reveal an embodied relationship with the camera that suggests a process of signification reliant on an investigation of the depiction of pictorial space in contrast to literary models of linguistic signification associated with an earlier generation of conceptual photographers." -- Howard Ursuliak
unlocal is a project involving three Vancouver photographers connected through their engagement with a discreet observation of the material world and for whom photography maintains its status as document to the real. The exhibition will feature new photographic work by Jane Lee and Gabor Koleszar, and a text by established Vancouver photographer Howard Ursuliak. Jane Lee's photographic work, like her performance practice, is drawn from a wry and distant view of the peculiarities found in the everyday. Her photographs trace the remains of social relations, or the detritus of contemporary mobility, in quiet compositions. Koleszar's approach relies upon the camera's potential to make abstract the familiarity of the material world, connecting his practice to European photographers of the 1920's and '30s.
For the publication Koleszar, Lee and Ursuliak investigate, in an interview format, changing notions of agency, value formation and photographic practice in relation to a need, and anticipation for, the real of the photographic image.
Jane Lee's photographs have been exhibited in Supersonic Transport at Charles H. Scott Gallery, as part of the patti collective, and at Streetlevel Gallery in Glasgow. Her performance and installation work with the Ladies' Afternoon Art Society has been presented at Access Artist-run Centre in Vancouver and at Skol in Montreal.
Gabor Koleszar's group exhibitions include X Fotobiennale at the Balassa Balint Museum, Esztergom; The Visible Present at the Ernst Museum, Budapest; and Camera Obscura at the Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemét, Hungary.
Howard Ursuliak's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Monte Clarke Gallery, Toronto, Galeria Fucares, Madrid, Centro de Fotografia, Salamanca, Spain and Quartier Ephemere, Montreal and in group exhibitions at Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa.