Friday, September 26, 2008

congrats to Mark Soo:

"The Vancouver Art Gallery is intensifying its longstanding commitment to emerging British Columbia artists as it continues to build its collection for a new expanded Gallery. At a September 25th press conference, the Gallery announced the Audain Emerging Artists Acquisition Fund, a $2 million endowment that will allow the Gallery to purchase work by British Columbia’s up-and-coming young artists in perpetuity—the largest fund of its kind in the country. The Gallery also announced the first work selected for purchase: Vancouver artist Mark Soo’s photo-based artwork, That’s That’s Alright Alright Mama Mama, 2008.

“British Columbia’s young artists produce some of the most exciting work in the world,” said Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels. “Acquiring work by emerging artists is a major element of our collections mandate and with this generous gift from the Audain Foundation we will be able to pursue it more aggressively than ever. Mark Soo is among the most talented visual artists living in the region and we are pleased to announce his work as the first to be selected for purchase with the fund...”

I was privileged to work with Mark on the soon to be released
To the Dogs

which will be, despite my involvement, the best dog photo book ever published...