February 4 – March 4, 2023: David Burdeny - “Artifact” at Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

The Consulate would like to recognize the following exhibit, “Artifact” by David Burdeny, which is currently on display in Calgary at the Herringer Kiss Gallery from February 4 through March 4, 2023.

Please see below for details.

David Burdeny - “Artifact”
Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
February 4 – March 4, 2023

"After years of working with conventional perspective as a way to represent space, I was interested in an alternative method that was more sympathetic to the unexpected ways in which people adapted to and reconfigured these environments. Photographed in Tokyo and Kyoto during the fall of 2022, they are presented here as a catalogue of figure ground studies. Individual buildings have been digitally extracted, superfluous details removed and recomposed over a field of colour. They have become reverse architectural drawing in a way, more intimate, and closer in experience.

In the context of my previous work, Artifact, is less about making a conventional image and more about addressing what we are seeing and how we see it. Buildings in Tokyo often stand isolated by scale, purpose, and aesthetics - indifferent to their surroundings but proud of where they are. Gas stations exist next to Temples, while old wooden houses sit between new concrete hotels. To take it all in, once is forced to see selectively, to mitigate what would otherwise be an overwhelming amount of information. However, the camera is less selective and I’ve always found the images I have made here mildly dissatisfying. Visually it was all much too much - I could see through the noise but the camera couldn’t - at least not if I continued to follow my own established conventions. These images are in response to that observation, which I hope can serve as a kind of visual self-inquiry into what a photograph is or should be". - David Burdeny

David Burdeny has his degree in Interior Design and his Masters Degree in Architecture. This background is evident in every Burdeny image, with his strong sense of structure, horizon, balance and space. David retired from Architecture in 2009 to focus entirely on his photography career and has seen much success. Since 2003, he has been in over 80 solo and group shows and has representation in top galleries around the world. His work has been featured in publications such as Canadian Art, Elle Décor, Canadian House & Home, Canadian Architect and PhotoLife, just to name a few. He is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious IPA Professional Photographer of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2015.

For more information:

Herringer Kiss Gallery

Bakery, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8 Barber Shop, Kyoto, Japan, 2022, 10x8

Bike Shop, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8 Corner Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8

Face House, Kyoto, Japan, 2022, 10x8 Foods and Liquor, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8

Hitachi Store, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8 Photo Lab, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8

Material Shop, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8 Bookstore, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 8x10

Photo Studio, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8 Video Record CD, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8

Yakitori Shop, Tokyo, Japan, 2022, 10x8