Wallpaper in an old house in a Canadian prairie city provided the images for Gabriela Garcia-Luna’s latest photo art, on exhibit at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery. (Above: On the way to Newfoundland)
The peeling paper in a house about to be renovated in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan suggested landscapes to Garcia-Luna, who photographed the walls, then layered the images digitally. The works in her New Territories & Old Walls exhibit appear to be abstract paintings. (Above: High Trek 2/2; Below: Southern Mail)
“I found the walls very visually interesting. It was the last chance for those marks of time to be seen before the house was remodelled. What were these walls telling me about the passage of time in this spot?” -Garcia-Luna, interview, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.
-High Trek 1/2
The reality of the peeled, scraped walls and dissected paper is more starkly revealed in some of the works. Garcia-Luna, a well-known Mexican artist living in Canada, used Giclée prints on cotton paper.
The Alberta College of Art and Design and the Mexican Consulate in Calgary partnered to present the exhibit at the college gallery. Garcia-Luna was born and trained in Mexico, and has been living in Canada since 2008.
Gabriela Garcia-Luna’s website, here.