Maegan Hill-Carroll Green Puce

Installation view (Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll)Installation view (Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll)Installation view (Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll)

PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is pleased to announce Green Puce, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Vancouver based artist Maegan Hill-Carroll (BC). The show runs from 06 January – 18 February 2017 and features a written response from Jessica Evans (BC). The opening reception is scheduled for Friday 06 January at 7 PM and an artist talk by Hill-Carroll on Saturday 07 January at 2 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION | 06 January – 18 February 2017
OPENING RECEPTION | Friday 06 January | 7 PM
ARTIST TALK | Saturday 07 January | 2 PM

“… ask what color puce is and most people will immediately think of puke—a yucky green or even a slightly ratty brown. They have no idea of purple brown or brownish purple, and know nothing at all of fleas or flirting or bloody murder.” – Barry Sanders

The exhibition Green Puce features photographic and video works that deconstruct Hill-Carroll’s practice of archiving, image making and storytelling. This new body of work explores a self described “personal and problematic” archive of photographic explorations undertaken by the artist as a young woman. The exhibition’s content looks to the artist’s past experiences – volunteering in Botswana and her subsequent years as a landscape photographer – to further explore and understand her nuanced approach to photography and her constant search for capturing an image.

In her video work Colour-Aid, Hill-Carroll substitutes images from her extensive archive with untouched sequences of Color-aid paper scans. The artist replaces voyeuristic information with chromo-therapeutic accounts of her experience living with, before and after the ghost of each image. Green Puce uses the effect of colour and the affect of language to bring together a fragmented narrative. Hill-Carroll’s exhibition thinks through a subject’s changing relationship to the camera as modus operandi or as a way to incarnate and recuperate the world.

Green girl against a red ground.
A lost zip-lock bag containing mini disc recordings.
A shoebox of film kept under the bed.

Maegan Hill-Carroll is an artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles and a BFA from the University of Manitoba where she grew up in Winnipeg. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in Los Angeles. Her writing has been published in the contemporary art magazine Fillip.