Reduced Space, an exhibition by Joan Cullen and Dominique Crochet, takes place as part of “Culture Days” at 10 Haviland St in Charlottetown September 29–October 2 and October 6–7 from 11 am–6 pm.
An overgrown garden in front of an abandoned house, a hedge gone wild, menacing the street passage, lawns taken over thyme, dandelions, wild carrot, an urban corner, momentarily spared the developer’s bulldozer, becomes a haven for birch, ash, spruce, maple, lilac, yarrow, and golden rod. These “fields of liberty” are the impetus for the paintings by Joan Cullen.
Landscape permeates documentary photography. Land-use policy transforms the land. The photos pursue these transfomations: preserved spaces: ornithological, coastal reserves, where animal and plant species flourish, sanctuaries protected by natural deities. There are also the industrial wastelands, buildings abandoned for a time, and finally this community garden in an urban environment, several times dislpaced, where gardeners persevere and work their plot of land. The portraits presented here are like portraits of itinerant craftsmen.