Abstract photography at New West's Plaskett Gallery

Art lovers have a chance to check out a new photography exhibition at Plaskett Gallery.

The gallery at Massey Theatre is presenting Receding Realities, by Paul Gravett, for the month of October.

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Gravett, a former professional musician, has taken several career paths in the arts world – including agent for musicians, manager of performing arts centres and programmer of multi-disciplinary performances. He also made a foray into floor loom and tapestry weaving, during which he developed a method of incorporating both styles of weaving into one work.

Recently, Gravett has rediscovered photography.

“After years of observations, I am exploring the intersections of photography and contemporary art, in particular the unseen elements of light and the layering of colour and shape,” Gravett said in a write-up about the show. “I explore techniques of capturing abstract effects in the camera, finding ways to extract ethereal qualities that are not visible at casual observation. In ‘developing’ the image, I tease out elements of light, colour and form to further explore the abstractions.”

Gravett’s recent awards have included an honourable mention in abstract photography from the International Photography Awards, and a bronze medal from The Photograph. Colour Study #6 was awarded the 2020 Gracie Award, Best in Show, from the International Society of Experimental Artists.

Plaskett Gallery (735 Eighth Ave.) has instituted COVID-19 safety protocols, and visits are now by appointment only. The gallery is open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

See www.masseytheatre.com or call 604-517-5900 to book your visit.

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