Titled after a resonant memory from Brent Comber’s childhood, Nightswimming is encountered at the entrance to the Centre. Three hefty steps are hewn from the middle section of a nineteen-foot Western Red Cedar, while preserving the original girth of the log on either end. Sourced directly from the site, it has been skinned of bark, while preserving the trail and pathways of beetles beneath. Looking closer, we notice the difference between the meandering traces of bug-logic and the more linear saw blade incisions of human habits. These rudimentary cuts reveal the ringed history of the tree itself, placing all these processes of growth and use into sequence.
Brent Comber was born and continues to work in North Vancouver, on the slopes of the Coastal Mountain range. His discovery of old wood and its capacity to tell stories in a rich and expressive language has led to an active practice in crafting functional objects, artworks and installations.