Exhibition: June 10 – July 17, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 12, 2-5pm
The gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition of work by William Eakin, featuring his new series entitled, “Fading Dream.”
Eakin was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After completing his studies at the Vancouver School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he worked in the film industry. As an advisor to the Sanavik Co-Op in Baker Lake, North West Territories, he assisted Inuit artists, printmakers and sculptors with the production and marketing of their work.
Photographs in the series “Fading Dream”were first culled by Eakin from his collection of vernacular Polaroids. He scans and enlarges specific examples from the original prints, which enables him to highlight the sense of post-war optimism that he discovered within the various images, an optimism he finds inherent in the Polaroid medium itself. The selected images display varying degrees of decay, which are arrested in this second moment of creation. It is this sense of optimism that we have lost in our present situations and Eakin offers the viewer the opportunity to look back, to remember, to share and to honour.