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Viewing Room

Chris Cran - After the Flood

(In collaboration with the TrepanierBaer Gallery)

 February 3 – March 2, 2024

Opening Reception Saturday, February 10th

from 2 to 5 pm.

Artist in Attendance.



“In 2005, our house on the Elbow, in Mission, flooded. The basement was filled with water up to the rafters, the house rendered unlivable. In the next few days many friends came over to help us with the disaster. Someone took a box of drenched photographs and dried them, returning them later.

Years later (probably 2012 or 2013), I dug through the box of dried photos and found a small envelope with nine Polaroids, probably all taken in the late seventies and early eighties.

When I first saw the recovered original Polaroids, I was struck by both the damage and the beauty.  Faces I knew, peering out through the wrinkled skin of the damaged polaroids, some barely able to be seen, many smiling. It occurred to me several years later, that a set of all nine of the recovered Polaroids would work as an edition, having them side by side for comparison. I had the set hi-res scanned and digitally printed by a professional.”.

They first showed at an exhibition at Trepanier Baer Gallery and a set (edition #2) was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada.

Canadian artist, Chris Cran has been described in The New York Times as a painter who ";… has built a career on tampering with people’s perceptions,";  Widely exhibited across Canada and internationally recognized, Cran has become known for turning nothing into something, with the slightest push. Cran’s paintings, included in numerous Canadian collections, have to do with visual tricks, images that appear one way but have been made another way.*

In addition to his professional activities as a painter and teacher (ACAD), Cran has been actively involved with Calgary’s internationally recognized One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre. Cran's work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Canadian Art Magazine, and The Globe and Mail among many others.  Cran’s work may be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glenbow Museum , the Nickle Arts Museum, and the Art Gallery of Alberta. Chris Cran is represented by TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary, Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto, and Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles.

*Text Credit: The Banff Centre, 2005

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