UPCOMING EXHIBITION: FLOATINGOSHEEN HARRUTHOONYAN. December 1, 2023- January 28, 2024.
Friday, December 1st, 2023 from 5-9pm
Artist in attendance.
The most prominent thing about Osheen Harruthoonyan's work is the blackness. Reminiscent of Anish Kapoor's Vantablack, the inkiness in Osheen's photographs has a seemingly unlimited depth, like deep space or the complete darkness at the bottom of the ocean. This rich tone simultaneously provides contrast to the ethereal shapes and textures that make up his otherworldly environments, as well as offers a sea for the viewer to sink into- an abyss that helps elicit a physical and psychological reaction akin to being suspended in water. "It's such a different feeling," says the artist of the sensation. "I'm trying to get that across - this floating, other space."
The recurring imagery in Osheen's toned gelatin silver prints - celestial skies, nebulous forms, rolling clouds - are layered with textures to create surreal worlds that feel familiar but different, helping achieve the sense of floating that the artist aims for.
In much of Osheen's work, circular forms offer the impression of planets, white spots ebb and flow to create milky galaxies, and various textures evoke watery waves, ripples, and splashes.
Sometimes the water-like forms appear to be floating upward or bouncing in response to sound waves. This imagery is drawn from Osheen's interest in astronomy, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics, and his fascination with how they're connected to biology. The dance between gravity and time, the space in between that connects them, is depicted through the negative space in his work. "That emptiness is still connected to the rest of the image; there's always something that, from behind, binds it all," he says.
These voids pull the viewer in, raising questions and memories. The language of his work is of other earths and familiar spaces, but it is those deep blacks that centre his images, creating movement and giving them weight. Says Osheen, "It makes people question their space, their environment, or their psychological state.
- Excerpt from "Floating" by Corinna Vangerwen, PhotoED Magazine
EXCITING NEWS FROM THE CARDINAL!
The Cardinal Gallery is very excited to announce a new addition to their artist roster. We are thrilled to announce that we will be representing the works of the wonderfully accomplished and talented fine art photographer Diana Bloomfield. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Diana in person when she exhibited her beautiful works in our ALCHEMY OF NATURE exhibition in 2022. We have long admired her work and we are honoured to represent her at the gallery.
STAY TUNED FOR HER SOLO SHOW AT THE CARDINAL IN 2024.