Sand Wan 温一沙

May 12 - June 23

Opening Reception: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, May 12, 2016

Curator: Sen Wong

Viridian Gallery is proud to present 龜吼 (pronounced Guei Hou), the first solo exhibition by Hong Kong born and Vancouver based photographer, Sand Wan, curated by Sen Wong. Through a process of selection, the photographer singles out a frame. The edges of his pictures are suggestions to what he/she may have thought to be most significant in the moment. The edge is a line that serves as a distinction between what is seen and what is not. From shaping an Instagram shot to Snap-Chatting one’s surroundings, the social-media photographer is an example of a photographer that realizes the impact that framing has on an image. Looking at Sand Wan’s photographs is a negotiation between what you see versus what you know. Solely looking at the images, one may pick up hints of the actual subject here and there, but with no specific title to refer to, the viewer is free to experience his/her minds' abstractions and compositions. The viewer’s active participation is what truly allows for a rich interaction between the imagery and the audience.

Image: Visual Perception #7

The title of the exhibition is the only clue that alludes to the actual subject being photographed - in this instance, knowledge of a language and geography will greatly impact one's own experience with what is presented. Despite this, all viewers experience one thing - their mind's stubbornness in seeing what it wants to see and the need to understand what it sees; reminding us once again that the medium of photography is capable of making us question the realities of seeing versus knowing.

Born in 1949 in Hong-Kong, Sand Wan graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic with a foundation of design certificate. Since his move to Richmond in British Columbia in the mid-1990s, Sand has actively been involved with developing his self-taught practice. Viridian Gallery is pleased to present Sand Wan’s first solo-exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Promoting contemporary artworks in the exclusive neighbourhood of Coal Harbour, Viridian Gallery aims to develop an appreciation for local emerging and established artists in the international art world.

Viridian Gallery is located by the sea in Coal Harbour Quay in the heart of Vancouver. The gallery was established in late 2014, and has drawn considerable attention since opening. The gallery has a goal of promoting contemporary artists, and offers a space for social interaction, exchange of ideas, and a space of imagination. Viridian Gallery works with local artists, and approaches each artistic work with earnestness, with the goal of supporting and recognizing the labour of artists. At the forefront of the boundaries of East-West cultural exchange in Vancouver, the gallery closely follows the development of contemporary art. Through these exhibitions and artistic exchange opportunities, the gallery provides support for local artists through research, exhibition, promotion, collection, and other such activities. For further information regarding the exhibition, please visit the website:, or phone 604-568-3377, or e-mail

Promoting contemporary artwork in the exclusive neighbourhood of Coal Harbour, developing markets of local emerging and established artists and bringing attention to established art world figures internationally.

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