Two CNC fine arts students are enjoying a rare opportunity to work with world-renowned artist, Adad Hannah.
Maureen Alm and Riley Wium are helping Hannah create a living portrait depicting Prince George in 1914, said Julia Whittaker, CNC art history instructor. The photograph, which uses live models and real furnishings, is a scene from the Fort George Hotel and Virginia Hall, which burned to the ground a short time later. The project was unveiled to the public at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George Jan. 16 and runs through March 30.
“Hannah has been developing a project in the North Gallery that revolves around the idea of Fort George’s Virginia Hall, which opened on January 16th, 1914, exactly 100 years to the date of our opening, and which burned down 10 months later,” said George Harris, Two Rivers Gallery curator, in a press release.
Adad Hannah is an artist known for his work that challenges assumptions about the media in which he works. He has worked with museums like the Prado in Madrid as well as smaller communities like 100 Mile House to create exciting artwork. Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980s. He lives and works between Montreal and Vancouver.
“For our students, this is an invaluable opportunity to work with such an established artist as well as curators like George Harris at the gallery and Bob Campbell of Exploration Place,” Whittaker said. “Although the students are doing this of their own accord as an extra project, it will serve them well in the future as part of their resumes.”
Hannah re-stages famous paintings or other artwork, by working with models to create living pictures. As his models hold a pose, he films and photographs the scene. The videos, at first glance, appear to be static images though over time one notices figures wavering and the rise and fall of chests as the models breathe — a living image that blurs the line between video and photography, according to Hannah’s website http://adadhannah.com/