Birmingham

Birmingham

Roy Arden

Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace
February 1–March 19, 2006

Curated by Nigel Prince

Roy Arden's midcareer survey features the three major phases of his work to date: the '80s archival photographs documenting the social history of his native British Columbia; the “landscape of the economy” color photographs of the early '90s that explore the mix of old and new in his local surroundings; and his more recent images of the “urban rustic”—such mundane subjects as weeds, gutters, street corners, and wildflowers. Throughout, Arden's photography rejects the exotic and the spectacular as it tracks modernity in the everyday and the global in the local. In this show, some thirty prints are complemented by three videos, two of which are new—one, a gritty archaeology of the search for treasure in the back alley's of Arden's Vancouver, the other a transcedent manipulation of found footage of a sports riot.