William Eakin, "Reunion."
By Amy Karlinsky
William Eakin lives and works in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District. Eakin takes everyday life as his subject matter, examining the intersections of art and popular culture. But to call him a realist would be a mistake. His realist-based photography is all about interpretation. His work is underpinned by a profound knowledge of technical process and the cultural assignment of value. His gaze is tenacious and the photographic outcomes, often works produced in series, are filled with wonder. Like the modernist masters before him, his work is characterized by formal rigour, serendipity, and the vagaries of cultural ebb and flow. A recent exhibition featured bottle caps, blown up to an enormous size; another emphasized the photo emblazoned decorations of flowers on cookie tins. All to poignant effect. Eakin is the master of the incongruous, the random and fortuitous.
His work is featured in a group exhibition, Sphere, which opens September 13, 2003, at Presentation House in Vancouver; in Union Stockyards at the University of Calgary's Nickle Arts Museum, opening September 19, 2003; and in a solo exhibition at University of Winnipeg's Gallery 1C03, opening September 25, 2003.