August 2017
Bridge Exhibition

We are delighted to present a joint Artist Talk with Vancouver-based artists Scott Billings and Josh Hite. They have collaborated on several projects together, including the work in the Bridge exhibition ; Stairwell. They will speak on both their individual and collaborative practice.

Their work Stairwell was shot inside a hidden stairwell located within the Burrard Bridge. The work documents a forgotten space, boarded up shortly after it opened in 1932. Shot on a vertical track running the height of the stairwell, the work now unravels its 62-foot helical architecture onto the horizontal plane of the gallery wall. The dollying camera moves back and forth across the length of the gallery, the projector pulls the image along with it. Drifting between surveillance and cinema, the camera inscribes a repetitive and revelatory process of examination and exploration; capturing fleeting moments of narrative left on the walls; revealing traces of those who left their marks after its permanent closure.

Scott Billings is a visual artist, industrial designer, and engineer based in Vancouver. His sculptures and video installations have been described as existing somewhere between cinema and automata. Centering on issues of animality, mobility, and spectatorship, Billings’ work examines the mimetic relationship between the physical apparatus and the virtual motion it delivers. In what ways does the apparatus itself reveal both the mechanisms of causality and its own dormant animal quality? Billings addresses this question under the pursuit of the technological conundrum and a preoccupation with precise geometry and logic. Billings holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from Emily Carr University, and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He teaches at UBC and Emily Carr as a sessional instructor. Scott Billings is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects

Josh Hite works with photography, video, animation, and sound, typically via typological processes, creating reorganized archives of behaviours, spaces and scenes disconnected by either geography or time. He strives to imagine content as a primary generator of possible forms while simultaneously investigating art historical or cultural references as structural assistants. Works query relationships between an experience and its location, power dynamics at play, and the ways in which sequencing and transitions can seamlessly propel viewers through time.