I got a preview today of a new exhibit by Canary Beck at The Arts and Culture Community at Wanderstill Ode. Her works in this show are based on verses from the 1959 Jacques Brel song “Ne Me Quitte Pas” (“Don’t Leave Me”). The twenty photographs are beautifully delicate and quite moving. They are shown in an intimate space, highlighting the overall sensual theme of the exhibit. In her artist’s statement, Becky notes “[i]n this series of pictures called “Ne Me Quitte Pas”, I have aimed to express what I am only now able to express coherently in words. I’ve even lifted the titles for the pictures from the verses of Jacques Brel’s plaintive poetry set to music, feeling unable to write them myself.These very personal pictures are the result of two months of taking hundreds of similar pictures on my bare white platform – most of which I obliterated soon after I took them. I never planned to share them. As I’ve reviewed these works for showing; however, I see them now like heavy pages in an old diary; a shabby book that reflects a threadbare me, depleted by gravity and, I hope, now hardly recognizable. Things fall apart, but we reflect, re-examine and reconsider the necessary grieving process that we go though, which tends to accompany any significant loss or separation, and perhaps might feel a cathartic lightness in the sharing.” Becky’s works are stunning and I hope we will see more of her photographic work in the future. The exhibit is open from November 20, 2014 to January 10, 2015. Head over and take a look.
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf