Artist Bio of Hugh Conacher
Hugh Conacher is a lighting and multi-media designer, and a photographer, whose practice is based in live performance.
Hugh’s love of photography and extreme climates has taken him from the Arctic to the Antarctic in order to capture the changing beauty of these unique landscapes. His expedition to the Antarctic in November of 2016 was especially poignant, demonstrating the rapid deterioration of the historic environment, soon to be lost forever.
Hugh serves on the boards of several arts organizations and has been the curator for the High Octane Gallery at the Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg since 2002. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide.
Hugh has been a member of the Associated Designers of Canada since 1982 and is a member of l’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec.
In the three weeks I spent in the Antarctic last fall, I captured over 10,000 images of mountains and ice and animals and rust… Although the editing process was ongoing, it wasn’t until I returned home that I fully realized what I had experienced. The luminosity of this mountainous environment is extraordinary – light behaves differently there. Colours are more intense than you can imagine and yet the natural environment appears to be monochromatic.
The juxtaposition of the monochromatic natural environment and the man-made, often abandoned, intrusions into that environment also create very powerful imagery. The Antarctic is dripping in rust and the way that it intrudes on the mountainous landscape is beautiful and terrifying.
Many thanks to the Banff Mountain Film Festival who’s Photography Residency in September 2017 allowed me the opportunity to develop the concept for this show.
Antarctica: Layers of Time, Beautiful Monsters
Artwork Presented at Nott Autocorp on September 26th – December 23rd
Opening Reception: October 18th, 7PM *Artist in attendance
Hours: Mon – Tues: 8am – 8:30pm, Wed – Fri: 8am – 6:30pm, Sat: 9am – 6pm