James Boychuk-Hunter is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Edmonton Alberta. He has a BFA from the University of Alberta and an MFA from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is on the Board of Directors at The Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, (SNAP) and is a member of the artistic staff at The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. His practice is based in photography, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. He has exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia.
My recent work is rooted in the contemplation of slow moving elements in the landscape. My practice is based around interacting with a set of found and constructed objects or settings as a means to more closely consider some of the nuanced or subtle aspects of daily experience and sense perception. Through this process I find that seemingly still and inactive areas of our world become vibrant and dynamic. If we stretch this observation out we begin to see a cyclical and continually changing set of elements that are relentlessly responding to the ebbs and flows that characterize many of the natural processes of the world.
My practice involves indexical approaches to documentation such as photography, rubbings and impressions that record the state of a setting or object at a particular moment. Interacting with documentation allows us to acknowledge the limitations of out perception; we experience only moments and therefore our ability to perceive the ways in which the world in changing is restricted. In response we are reliant on evidence extracted from earth or from glaciers or other sources and records that humans have been diligently taking in a variety of formats throughout history. My interests lie in a contemplation of our relationship to a timeline that exists on a scale that is incompatible with our ability to perceive it casually.