"Durey developed a trio of chromogenic prints, titled Leaving (2016), from a curled strip of 35mm negatives that he discovered streetside. They feature three perspectives of a windowed house surrounded by a field of green grass and trees. Scarred and pocked by dirt particles, the damaged negatives have produced highly saturated, almost painterly photographs; they share the shimmering palette of Van Gogh’s celestial The Starry Night. Photographs often serve a mnemonic function but this is impossible here. We are left instead with questions: Where is this magical place? Are these the images of a lost family home? Snapshots of a holiday vacation in some Mediterranean clime? Durey deepens the aura of mystery surrounding these images by adding an assortment of evocative materials. The photographs are accompanied by a series of found floral-patterned curtains (stretched on frames like canvas) that Durey has sprayed with gesso, dye, and beeswax to batik-like effect. These photographs and domestic textiles are presented alongside a kitschy toy parrot from a cruise ship’s tropical-themed restaurant, exotic bird feathers collected at Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory, plastic cocktail picks, and other emblematic objects that hint at the threads of nostalgia, longing, and loss that reverberate through this work." — Zoë Chan for Burrard Arts Foundation

Documentation by Blaine Campbell:
Leaving (2016), framed C-prints. H18 x W25.5 each.

Documentation by Dennis Ha:

Installation view of Company (2018), Posies (2018) and Peonies (2018)
Installation view of Leaving (2016)

Installation view of Leaving (2016) and Mead (2018)

Mead (2018), Lamp, grow light bulb, dimmer, wall plate. Dimensions variable.

Company (2018), Drift lumber, parrot feathers, cocktail picks. H9.75 x W8.25

Posies (2018), Beeswax, dye and gesso on found curtain. H48.25 x W34.25

Posies (detail) (2018), Beeswax, dye and gesso on found curtain. H48.25 x W34.25

Peonies (2018), Beeswax, dye and gesso on found curtain. H65.25 x W34.5

Peonies (detail) (2018), Beeswax, dye and gesso on found curtain. H65.25 x W34.5

Louise (2018), Toy parrot, brass, concrete. H42 x W12 x D10

Louise (detail) (2018), Toy parrot, brass, concrete. H42 x W12 x D10 (This image not by Dennis Ha)