Chris Gergley, "Queen City." Photo courtesy Monte Clark Gallery.
CHRIS GERGLEY, That's My Wonderful Town
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
September 20, 2003 to January 20 2004.
Vancouver photographer Chris Gergley was born in Regina, Queen City of the prairies. Gergley records the everyday in a fantastic way. This image, taken from an April 2000 solo exhibition called Queen City at Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver, illustrates the quasi-documentary style he used to find common themes throughout Regina.
Regina is celebrating its centenary year, and the city's MacKenzie Art Gallery is commemorating that event, in addition to its own 50th anniversary, with a group exhibition titled That's My Wonderful Town, September 20, 2003 to January 20, 2004. The exhibition looks at Regina through the eyes of 17 artists, including Gergley.
"On the surface this appears to be a banal photograph of a familiar place, one that doesn't exist anymore," says Gergley. "To me, it speaks of our connection to the monarchy, and the passing of another phase in Western Canadian history. The photo helped title an entire body of work."