I was introduced to Graham Wiebe during his first day of university – at the time he was the second Graham I met in my life. He is also the most successful, pleasant and infectiously positive Graham I know to-date. (Sorry other Grahams.)
Twenty-one-year-old Wiebe is a recent BFA graduate from the University of Manitoba, and Flux Gallery’s next exhibiting artist.
His exhibition, “You Can’t Call People Without Wings Angels,” is a collection of recent photographs from the BFA graduate show and new pieces that are tremendous in scale.
The exhibition runs from May 13-20, opening night May 13 from 7-10 p.m. at Flux Gallery, 2-290 McDermot Avenue.
His works are described as “coming of age” narratives.
The photographs are an invitation to Wiebe’s “young punk” lifestyle.
“With the time I’m in right now, I’m trying to create some sort of sensitivity in a lot of the work, and beauty, and grotesque,” says Wiebe.
His exhibiting photographs vary in scale, meant to create intimacy or a visceral reaction.
Although the young artist is showing us a moment in his personal time and experience, the depth of feelings and tenderness captured in each photograph show Wiebe’s talent as a developed artist.
This is Wiebe’s first solo exhibition as a BFA graduate. He has also shown at Starving Artists Gallery/ Degrees Gallery at the University of Manitoba.
For the past few months, Wiebe’s photos have been featured online at Juxtapoz Magazine and Then There Was Us Magazine. He also has an upcoming show at La Maison Des Artistes Visuels Francophones in St. Boniface later this year.
For those who will enter into aceartinc’s current exhibition, Karen Asher’s photo series The Full Catastrophe will be a welcomed segue into Wiebe’s work.
“If people come into my exhibition thinking it’s [Asher’s photos] mine, I’ll be honoured,” says Wiebe. “The mood is very similar and she works in portrait based [so does Wiebe], but it’ll maybe be a little stranger.”
Wiebe was also the recipient for 2014/15 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program, an award reserved for post-secondary fine-art photography artists whose work focus on ‘artwork that provokes a strong response and exhibits conceptual rigour, technical excellence and a dynamic engagement with contemporary photographic practice and theory.’