About Dianne Bos


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Dianne Bos: Artist Statement

My work challenges the view of photography as a way to "capture an instant in time." By using pinhole cameras and long exposure times I record, not an instant, but rather the passage of time at a site. Viewers have said that my work evokes the memory-image that remains for them long after they have viewed a familiar location. I think this recognizes the importance I have always assigned to time, memory, and capturing the essence of the place, in my images of architectural icons and classic travelers destinations.

Much of my work centers around contemplative spaces and offers a meditation on time's movement within a still image. Time and light, movement and stillness, memory and the observer: these elements link all of the diverse images I create.

In response to my work curator Ihor Holubizky once wrote: 'The prolonged exposure time - three, five or ten minutes - is a transformative process that is inseparable from the alchemical process and phenomenon. The photographic moment can, by extension, be equated to the time it takes to hear a song, recount an event, read a letter, or remember how you got there, and back.'

Dianne Bos: Brief Biography

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Dianne Bos received her B.F.A. from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, and currently divides her time between the foothills of the Rockies and the Pyrenees.

Her photographs have been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1981. Recent important national exhibitions of Dianne’s work include: ‘Light Echo’, an innovative installation at the McMaster Museum of Art, in collaboration with Astronomer Doug Welch, which linked celestial and earthly history; It's You!: Unexpected Photographs from Papua New Guinea, at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Art Gallery, PEI., and Reading Room at the Cambridge Galleries an exhibition exploring the book as a camera. Her work was also included in international exhibitions in Italy, France, Spain and Japan in 2011 and 2012.  Recent public art commissions include a large light box installation at Toronto’s VU condominiums entitled ‘Palimpsest’ and the banner design for the city of Calgary’s bridges in 2011.

Many of Bos's recent exhibitions feature handmade cameras, walk-in light installations, and sound pieces. These tools and devices formulate and extend her investigations of journeying, time, and the science of light.

Dianne Bos is represented by: Edward Day Gallery, Toronto; Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver; Newzones, Calgary; Beaux-arts des Amériques, Montreal.