Gallery Q Archives – 2016 September/October

diptych. two bodies of work. two galleries.

new photographic work by Nigel Maister & vernacular photography from his collection

September 1 to October 30, 2016

Opening Reception: September 2, 2016 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

Artist and photography collector, Nigel Maister, brings diptych—a two-part exhibition—to Gallery Q, Lumiere Photo Gallery, and the passageway linking them. From his extensive collection of vernacular and fine-art photography, Maister has chosen images dating from 1850’s to the 1980’s that explore and challenge views of same-sex affection, idealized notions of the body, of beauty, and of intimacy.

Maister’s original photographic work forms the second part of the exhibition. Building on his love of snapshots, Maister’s series tight. word. lit. uses appropriated snapshots from the ‘80s and ‘90s to create diptychs where juxtaposed images evoke speculative conjunctions and implied narratives. Startling combinations of photographic artifacts placed in dialogue with each other invite the viewer to forge connections and create visual stories that are compelling, mysterious and durable.