The Ephemeral Outside


Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 26, 2009, 7:30 to 10:00 pm

Wednesdays to Saturdays, November 27 to December 5

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

InterUrban Gallery, One East Hastings, Vancouver

The Ephemeral Outside is an exhibition of photographs by Sharon Burns. The work focuses on the Downtown Eastside’s disappearing street aesthetic while paying tribute to the often unnamed artist and to the power of outsider art.

“With the exception of several years spent exploring other parts of the planet, I have lived my life in Vancouver where I was born.

Travel inspired my early interest in photography and video and led me to work in Vancouver’s film and television industry. Photography and video are now the basis of my art practice.

As a long time resident of the Downtown Eastside, I have witnessed the neighbourhood change rapidly over the last decade and I have dedicated myself to documenting our community as it transforms.

I am a collective member of Gallery Gachet and have participated in Gachet group shows since 2006, as well as many other local creative and critical arts initiatives including Fearless Media, Fearless TV, the Heart of the City Festival, the Poverty Olympics and the LifeSkills Film and Video Group.

I have also exhibited at Exposure Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Interurban Gallery, the JEM Gallery and the Iron Works Gallery.” – Sharon Burns

Sponsored by the Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants Program, a pilot project of the Vancouver Foundation and the Carnegie Community Centre funded by Vancouver Foundation donors.

The program awards Downtown Eastside artists up to $1000 toward developing their craft and is designed to help showcase the talent of artists in all practices and move their careers forward.