Artist’s Statement

Bond Blackwell (1971, Vancouver, B.C., Canada) has been obsessed with photography since his early teens.
In his abstracts, by questioning the concept of movement, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make personal associations.
He investigates the dynamics of perception, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what our world means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
His photos often don’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and the possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
His landscape works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By exploring the concept of landscape in a particular way, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a playfulness that echoes our own vulnerabilities and can be a metaphor for the ever-seeking individual who experiences a continuous loss.
Bond Blackwell currently lives and works in Port Alberni, B.C., Canada.