Presentation House Gallery
The Polygon Gallery
333 Chesterfield Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9

Private Investigations: Merry Alpern, Allyson Clay, Jennifer Bolande

Private Investigations is about living in the camera’s gaze and about transparencies: windows, lenses, invisible barriers, illusions of privacy, illusions of information. Allyson Clay’s video camera explores our fascination with windows, and emphasizes the thin veil between public and private. Merry Alpern takes her hidden camera shopping, secretly recording her own fascination with this urban activity, transgressing perhaps, but no more or less than the ubiquitous store surveillance cameras. Jennifer Bolande explores the city at night and the charged “live” space of down time and dark shadows. Private obsessions – public space.

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts


Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm: artist’s talk by Allyson Clay

  • Merry Alpern, Shopping, 1998, c-print of video still