David Crompton | Strait Goods                                                               April 8 - May 14, 2016

Gam Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photography by David Crompton in conjunction with Capture Photography Festival.

Strait Goods is a collection of images made while crossing the Strait of Georgia by ferry from the mainland to Vancouver Island on Canada’s West Coast. If the photographs are portraits, they are oblique portraits. Viewed from above, the subjects do not reveal themselves through their eyes but, instead, through their physical forms, gestures, clothing, and the personal belongings that surround them. In the images passengers sun, smoke, and sleep through the seasons while the set remains essentially the same: an industrial grey ship deck, an ashtray, a garbage bin, and a line of lifejacket trunks turned furniture. The minimal geometric stage provides the perfect common denominator for these strangers to reveal their character and acts a catalyst for imagining the stories each of them might occupy outside the frame. Strait Goods began in 2011 and is an ongoing series.


David Crompton is a visual artist and visual designer based in Vancouver. Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, in 1999, his work has been screened and exhibited internationally at galleries, in festivals, and on media channels including SXSW, Austin, Texas; Transmediale, Berlin; the European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; and CBC Radio 3. Crompton’s work is included in the collection of the Marshall McLuhan Salon at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and his projects have been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. In 2013, he published his first collection of photographs, Where I’m From. A second publication, Common, was released in late 2014 followed by a solo exhibition of the work in early 2015.

Exhibition dates: April 8 - May 14, 2016
Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, 1-5 pm