Dog Days – The Polygon Gallery

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  • The Polygon Gallery presents Dog Days, an exhibition that focuses on the relationship between canines and humans through photography, and video works.

    Dog Days is a survey of the camera’s interactions with our canine companions. Today, dogs figure prominently in visual culture through Instagram feeds, viral videos, and memes, amid other media, yet our photographic obsession with dogs is as old as the camera itself. Dog Days features contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs from several local archives and collections, considering how dogs have shaped, and are shaped by, human society. Together, these pictures reveal how dogs have remained an enduring metaphor and a potent symbol in human history, an integral part of everyday life, and a favourite subject of the camera.

    Dogs on leashes are welcome in the exhibition.

    Admission always by donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

    Open Tues-Sun, 10am – 5pm

    EVENTS

    Dog Portraits by Shari Hatt 
    In conjunction with the photographic exhibition Dog Days, The Polygon Gallery will be hosting a temporary dog portrait studio event in collaboration with artist Shari Hatt. This award winning Canadian artist who has created photographic portraits of many canines, including dogs owned by the Duke and Duchess of York and British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, will be available for portrait sessions by appointment. A series of Hatt’s dog portraits, many of which are in major museum collections, will also be in the exhibition. Shari will be available to do a portrait of your dog on Sundays Aug 11 and 18, between 11.00am – 4.00pm. To book an appointment please call the gallery or email info@thepolygon.ca. Reservations and a deposit are required.

    Please visit sharihatt.ca to view her portrait work and bio.

    Dog Tintype Portrait Studio 
    Vancouver artist Geoffrey Wallang will be constructing a temporary tintype dog portrait studio at The Polygon Gallery. He will be available to do a portrait of your dog on Sundays, July 21 and 28 between 10.30am – 4.00pm. To book an appointment please call the gallery or email info@thepolygon.ca. Reservations and a deposit are required.

    EXHIBITION TOURS

    Tours of Dog Days will be hosted every Saturday at 2PM. To join the tour, meet at the ground floor lobby at 1:55PM. These tours are recommended for general visitors as an introduction to the exhibition.

    Image: William Henry Jackson, A Stiff Point, c.1902. Library of Congress LC-USZC4-7168

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