Allison Smith + Joseph Crawford
May 10 - July 26th
Allison is a contemporary visual artist, filmmaker and writer whose work is inspired by the wilderness, landscape and communities of Haida Gwaii and Southern Alberta - both of which she has called home. Her current series, Above/Below, was inspired by the west coast of Haida Gwaii. It explores the opposing movement, colours and changing geometry of water. It captures the cerebral experience of the transition between air to water mediums, and the subsequent change in sound, pressure and movement. Her current work utilizes a variety of mediums including ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and spray paint. This series has been exhibited at Queen B’s Coffee House and The Smithers Art Gallery.
Joseph is a Métis Canadian photographer and filmmaker based in Calgary, Alberta. Joseph’s work is deeply inspired by the energy and immersive aspect of underwater photography. He aims to share his love for natural spaces by connecting viewers into these soul-feeding experiences. Joseph’s photography has been published in Northword Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, Coast Mountain Culture, Enroute Magazine and Tadswii’ Kaats’ii Hla. Joseph was trained at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.
Allison and Joseph are the Co-Founders of the media production company, Braid Films, that specializes in outdoor and immersive films in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. They have worked with clients including Parks Canada, The Council of the Haida Nation, Destination BC and Green Coast Kayaking. Their recent film, Eyes of Society was selected for the International Banff Mountain Film Festival, the DC Short Film Festival and aired on Air Canada’s In-Flight Entertainment. The film was exhibited across Canada in collaboration with a group of Canadian artists, as part of an Eyes of Society exhibit. This included an exhibition at the Robert Bateman centre in 2018.
Above/Below can be viewed from May 10 - June 26 at O2 Planning + Design.