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Artist Statement

The Sleeping Green, No Man’s Land 100 Years Later.

While trying to find a good vantage point from which to photograph, I accidentally slid down the edge of a crater. Upon catching my breath, I stared into the sky framed by trees gently swaying around the edge of the field crater and felt engulfed by paralyzing sadness. The enormity of the deaths and injuries that occurred in this exact location overwhelmed me.  Had someone fallen in this exact spot? What did they see in their last moments?  Dianne Bos

Beginning in 2014 with the centenary of the start of WW1, Dianne Bos began taking photographs in ‘no‐man’s land’ between the trenches on the former Western Front. From 2015-2016, she travelled through the battle sites in France and Belgium where Canadian soldiers fought. She used a variety of vintage and pinhole cameras to photograph the land a century after the Great War.

These are all unique images created using a process different from the one art audiences have come to know over Dianne’s last 18 years with the Kostuik Gallery. While making the prints in the darkroom, Bos layered these photographs with found objects related to the events, such as poppies, bullets, or stones. The result is a series of complex visual images, each one unique and irreproducible (even when using the same negative). By scattering objects over the paper during printing, as well as dodging and burning, the artist produces layers of imagery, which conveys the emotional depth of these historic battle sites. Photographs from this series were first exhibited in a 2015 traveling exhibition curated by Director/Curator Josephine Mills for the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta Canada and then exhibited at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France in 2017.

 

Artist Biography

Over the past 25 years Dianne Bos has continually explored motifs such as galaxies and constellations, European interiors with light portals (such as windows or doors) and figures presented as light apparitions. Pinhole projections and the camera obscura - Italian for dark room - changed Western thinking of the Earth’s relationship to the sun, and in turn, assisted in transforming the face of art during the Renaissance period. These tools and devices formulate and extend her fascination with journeying, time, and light-forms. Bos is well known for her museum exhibitions that feature handmade cameras, walk-in light box installations, and sound pieces. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Dianne Bos has been called Canada’s “queen” of pinhole photography. Multi-talented, her art practice and interests extend into a variety of creative fields, from being a lead singer and keyboardist for several musical bands. Her photography has been used on several vinyl, cassette, CD and video releases in Canada, USA and Europe, and she has written and photographed for contemporary garden and design magazines. Bos has consistently exhibited photography and installation works in solo and group shows in public and private galleries and museums across Canada and internationally for over 30 years. Along with Canadian Museum and corporate collections, elected collections of Dianne Bos works include Official Residence, Canadian Ambassador, Paris, France, the Canadian Embassy, Brussels, Belgium, and Department of Global Affairs, for NATO Offices, Brussels, Belgium.

Pricing

Clouds Over the Somme, 2017 1/1
colour photograph
image size 28 x 28 inches
framed size 31 x 31 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$4,000.00 (framed)

Leaves, Polygon Wood Cemetery, Flanders 2016 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 15 x 14.5 inches
framed size 18 x 18 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,550.00 (framed)
Hill 62 with Falling Leaves , Flanders, 2015 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 19 x 16 inches
framed size 22 x 18.5 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,550.00 (framed)
Red Skies over Flanders Fields 3, 2017 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 19 x 19 inches
framed size 21.5 x 22 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,900.00 (framed)
Red Skies over Flanders Fields 4, 2017 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 19 x 19 inches
framed size 21.5 x 22 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,900.00 (framed)
Red Skies, Trees, Flanders Fields 1, 2017 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 19 x 19 inches
framed size 21.5 x 22 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,900.00 (framed)
Flanders Forest, Falling Leaves, Belgium, 2015  1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 15 x 14.5 inches
framed in black wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,550.00 (framed)
Falling Stones Over WW1 Cemetery, 2016 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 15 x 15 inches
framed size 17.75 x 17.25 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$2,550.00 (framed)
Flanders Poppies with Stones, 2016 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 29.5 x 29.5 inches
framed size 32 x 32 x 1.25 inches
framed in black wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$4,000.00 (framed)
Skies Over the Somme, 2017 1/1
colour photograph
image size 29 x 29 inches
framed size 31.5 x 31.5 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood  sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$4,000.00 (framed)
Vimy Ridge with Field, Rocks, and Sheep, 2015 1/1
colour photograph
image size 29.5 x 29.5 inches
framed size 32.5 x 32.5 x 1.25 inches
framed in white wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$4,000.00 (framed)
Beaumont Hamel Trench and Bearings, Somme, France, 2016 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 15 x 15 inches
$2,250.00 (unframed)

Flanders Fields and Bearings, Belgium, 2016 1/1
colour pinhole photograph
image size 15 x 15 inches
$2,250.00 (unframed)


Daisies in WW1 Trench 1, 2014 1/1

c-print from colour pinhole photograph negative
image size 29 x 29 inches
framed size 32 x 32 x 1.25 inches
framed in black wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$4,000.00 (framed)
Daisies in WW1 Trench 2, 2014 1/1
c-print from colour pinhole photograph negative
image size 29 x 29 inches
framed size 32 x 32 x 1.25 inches
framed in black wood sealed with renaissance wax (no glass)
$4,000.00 (framed)


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