Exhibition Info

Feb 1 - Mar 9, 2019
10123 121 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9

Wed-Fri | 12pm – 6pm
Sat | 12pm – 5pm

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From a dark garden comes a dark seeing—a dark growth of things underneath our everyday attention.

Roots, dug up from the garden after a winter’s thaw.
Images of light which linger in the eye, after the eye is closed.

Combining both paper and glass, wall and table display, this exhibition at the SNAP Gallery brings together two recent series of printworks by David Scott Armstrong which come out of a practice of looking. Looking is what we do when we are drawn to what is— our desire to be with.

Working with direct cameraless photography, digital and photo-based printmaking processes these works begin simply enough in a darkroom and are generated through degrees of intentional and uncontrolled exposures. The unforeseeable results are part of the delight. They proceed further through a series of discreet translations to become printed. Light becomes ink.

If photography is about air—suspended light and shadow—then printmaking is about the pliant ground, compressed underneath our feet. The ground is the sky’s closed eye. Thicker than atmosphere, but as deep.

A poet once wrote: “we dig in the ground because we want to see”

These are images dug up from the ground. A desire to see.






David Scott Armstrong is an artist interested in the entwining of things, natural phenomena, and the act of looking. He grew up in the prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, and currently lives in Toronto. His prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally in Canada, the US, Estonia, Russia, Japan, and Brazil. In 2008 he co-edited and wrote for a special issue of the journal Visible Language, “After the Grave: Language and Materiality in Contemporary Art”.

David is an Associate Professor at York University teaching in the Department of Visual Arts.

David acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.


Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 7-9 pm.
with an Artist’s Talk at 6 pm at SNAP Printshop

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