Chase,, 2012, Photography by Gesilayefa Azorbo
Blaine Campbell - New Westminster, Canada
Megan Wilson - Cumberland, Canada
108 - Commerce Court, North Forecourt
25 King Street West
(Southeast corner of Bay Street and King Street West)
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Chase is a collaborative video and site-specific installation, centred upon the image of the ornate thousand-pound
Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier that is located within Vancouver‘s Orpheum Theatre. Throughout
Chase, the chandelier‘s lights slowly progress through an endless on-off cycle, a glowing, pulsing
apparition with a multitude of crystal facets catching and refracting light in ever-changing patterns.
Projected at immense scale in a public space during the night, the image acts as a beacon in the distance.
Shifting from concrete to abstract, the chandelier often appears to transform back and forth between
its ornate, gothic monumental form and a cityscape at night as it glows and then extinguishes in the
dark, reverie-laden space of the city. As in much of their work, here Wilson and Campbell have worked
with the material capacity of film to create sensory experiences of time, presence, and duration. The
visual imagery of Chase is transcendent, at once captivating and compelling, tactile and intimate.
Artist Biography: Megan Wilson and Blaine Campbell met through a Vancouver-based artist collective and
began collaborating shortly thereafter. Based in British Columbia, both teach fine art and engage in
an interdisciplinary practice including film, sculpture, painting and photography. Each has exhibited
work in venues within Canada as well as Europe. Blaine Campbell is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver.
With assistance from British Columbia Arts Council
With assistance from the City of Vancouver
Blaine Campbell is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver