Randy Bullerwell (Prepared for the Fall, 2010 Sable Island exhibition at Harris and Company Art Gallery)
Randy Bullerwell was born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He is still a relative newcomer to the field of photography, taking his first formal workshop with the ever inspiring Margot Metcalfe in 2004. Randy has completed his Certificate of Photography (2008) at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS
Now living in Tantallon, NS, Randy has had experience with opening and facilitating many exhibitions with Harris and Company Art Gallery in order to spread the word about the therapeutic nature of art in general and photography specifically. He has also shown artwork in Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg and Trilogy Gallery, Mahone Bay. Having plans to continue to facilitate photography workshops himself, Randy has an ongoing commitment to learning as a photographer. At present, while working on a solo exhibition, The Aruban Landscape, he has also been asked to facilitate workshops in a local gallery in Aruba.
To date, Randy’s most cherished photographic experience, with the wonderful support of Coastal Winds Realty Limited, has been the organization of two Sable Island trips with fellow photographers. This was then followed up with a six week group exhibition attracting Sable Island enthusiasts from across the province.
Artist Statement (For upcoming exhibition at Lunenburg Art Gallery April 24 - May 20, 2012)
When driving down a country road I often see buildings in various states of disrepair. So too do I see architecture that, while still in use today, indicate advanced signs of distress, aging, or utter muted cries as ‘progress’ advances. Each of these monuments has its own story, narrative of life experiences, concealed by one of neglect, desertion or the fear of abandonment.
Was the farmhouse in the field simply left to rot away as the latest generation of family head away for work? How obvious is it that a diminishing population base is affecting community gathering spots in various ways? And, are today’s latest in technological advancements dictating the necessity for more modern and efficient facilities?
Abandonment has its own reality – Selfish or otherwise.
I could pass judgment or make assumptions about these structures or I could do my part to better understand and appreciate their personal stories. Could it be possible that my increased knowledge of architectural abandonment may lead to the protection or restoration of such constructions – Thus, preserving a part of our rural history?