Stephen Livick (1993-02)

Stephen Livick
Practice: Photography
Date of Lecture: 1993-02

Livick_Stephen_w01Untitled, 1989 © Stephen Livick

Stephen Livick is known for his photographic explorations of the rituals of the Indian sub-continent and for his characteristic use of the gum bichromate process. He has authored a manual (Gum Printing) that details his adaptation of the 19th century method which makes use of colour-separated negatives.

Livick’s 1992 exhibition Calcutta was shown at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa and chronicled the religious festivals that shape the spiritual life of the city.

Livick’s The Kali Murals depicts the Hindu goddess Kali as created in effigy by the local potters of Calcutta. Inspired to depict these figures in the monumental form of murals, the resulting images showcase the multi-dimensional nature of the goddess who simultaneously represents time, death and flux. Kali: Creator, Preserver, Destroyer documents the contemporary celebrations of Kali. It also details the history of the goddess and examines her significance as an icon.

Stephen Livick’s Awakening with the Earth: Images of Mother Earth held at the Justina M. Barnicke Art Gallery in Toronto (2000) features murals that incorporate some 1,000 landscape details taken across Canada. Livick arranges the photographs into large-scale mosaics in order to highlight the similarities between the topography and anatomy. Livick’s work is an attempt to capture the archetypal processes of nature and deliberately evokes the ancient goddess cult.

Livick’s work is featured in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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