Honey Suckle, 2008
Couresty of the artist
To many Canadians the title of this exhibition will bring to mind David Suzuki’s longstanding science and nature television series of a similar name. However, in the context of this art exhibition the title is meant to summon up the words and images created by Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius in his epic poem De rerum natura. Its purpose was to explain Epicurean philosophy to Roman audiences in the 1st century BC.
In keeping with Lucretius' clinamen principle, the exhibition On the Nature of Things is organized with a multi-directional and non-linear curatorial approach that highlights individual artistic practices through a close reading of specific works. Rather than choose one specific theme or medium to pursue, the exhibition introduces a number of subjects (or avenues) to explore. The artists in this exhibition share an interest in returning to strikingly Modernist forms and structures. Sampling from a wide range of sources as diverse as advertising, found photographs, driftwood and modernist art, these artists employ surrealist wit to repurpose clichéd forms from our everyday urban environment and popular culture into extra-ordinary aesthetic tropes that challenge a stable understanding of both art and our modernity.
The artists include Kim Kennedy Austin, Andrew Dadson, Sarah Dobai, Rodney Graham, Alexander Gutke, Sofia Hulten, Jack Jeffrey, Evan Lee, Kristi Malakoff, Shannon Oksanen, Kathy Slade, Gordon Smith, T&T (Tony Romano and Tyler Brett), Jacques de la Villeglé, and Neil Wedman.
Guest curated by Patrik Andersson
Sponsored by B-100 and Jane Irwin & Ross Hill
The Bones, 2011
video still from The Bones
The Cube is transformed into a projection room for Tara Gardner’s The Bones. Gardner explores her family history through a digitally recorded performance of herself playing a Celtic instrument called the bones. The instrument was one of the few creative endeavours passed on to the artist by her father who valued hard work and utilitarian skills over creativity and artistry. The movement required to play this instrument and the framing of the work draw the viewer in while the practice of playing the music serves as a reminder of the artist’s father and a way of dealing with grief after his passing in 2009. Gardner blends traditional with contemporary music playing along to country songs on the artist’s MP3 player.
Curated by Craig Willms, KAG Assistant Curator
In Collaboration with Centre for innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC), Community-University Research Alliance (CURA), Interior Indian Friendship Society, Kamloops Indian Band, Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre, Secwepemc Cultural Education Society and Thompson Rivers University, the KAG’s Gallery Under Glass and main exhibition galleries will be two of the host locations for Jaime Black’s REDress Project, featured throughout the community of Kamloops. The project is a visual art installation with strong ties to the community and broader public. The REDress Project is based on an aesthetic response to the more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.
My Cabin, 2010
watercolour on paper
The KAG features a selection of art made by Summer Art Camp participants, ages 4 to 12. Working with a new theme each week, participants experimented with a variety of art materials and techniques creating their own art projects that were informed by viewing and discussing the exhibitions.
The Art Auction Exhibition is a two week preview of original works of art and other items on offer at this year’s art auction. Donated art works by local, regional and national artists are featured along with fabulous products and experiences donated by businesses in British Columbia and beyond. This display celebrates and promotes the work of many artists living and working in the Kamloops region. Again this year, pre-bids will be accepted during the preview exhibition, with the highest pre-bid amounts kicking off the bidding on auction night.
The Kamloops Art Gallery presents the work of four influential North American photographers in two side by side exhibitions. Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen: The Art of the Celebrity Portrait together with Global Nature illustrate the influences and dialogues that take place within the work of each photographer and demonstrate the power of the camera to trace our visual culture.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), 30 December 1941, printed before September 1988
Gelatin silver print
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Gift of the artist, Ottawa, 1989
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Lillian Gish (1899-1993), 27 January 1927
Gelatin silver print
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Edward Steichen Bequest by direction of Joanna T. Steichen, New York, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, 1985
The aim and the art of the portraitist who works with a camera are not merely to produce a likeness but to reveal the mind and the soul behind the human face. When I have had the opportunity of studying those who have left their mark upon our time, I have tried to focus my camera on that quality which has made my subjects stand out from among their contemporaries. I have always been in quest of a secret, for that quality is elusive, indefinable.
— Yousuf Karsh in Portraits of Greatness
This exhibition of 35 prints shows the remarkable skills of Karsh and Steichen, two of the twentieth century’s greatest portrait photographers. They first met in New York City in 1936, when a young Canadian, Yousuf Karsh called upon an emerging American photographer, Edward Steichen, in his New York studio.
The personalities who came to Karsh and Steichen to be photographed had power, wealth and fame. Both photographers had an extraordinary ability to engage their sitters on equal terms and lead them to reveal their inner world to the camera without compromising their own artistic integrity or standards of excellence. Although Karsh clearly learned a great deal about celebrity portraiture from Steichen, he also developed a unique portrait style that makes his work so very recognizable.
Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen: The Art of the Celebrity Portrait, illustrates the connection and distinctiveness of the two of the world’s most fascinating celebrity portraitists.
Curated by Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs, National Gallery of Canada
Sponsored in Kamloops by Radio NL
Shaping the New Forest (detail), 1990
dye coupler print
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Sarah Anne Johnson
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa
© Sarah Anne Johnson
The unique art of Winnipeg’s Sarah Anne Johnson come into being through personal memories and histories. Pieces in the KAG show include work inspired by a 12-day-expedition to the Arctic Circle. Johnson has been a featured artist at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. In 2008, Johnson’s work earned her the Grange Prize for photography. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Fine Arts program and a holds Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale.
Lorraine Gilbert has been a practicing and exhibiting artist since 1979. Her photographic works have been collected by Canada's major galleries and museums, including the National Gallery of Canada. Gilbert has been an invited professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a part-time professor at Concordia in Montreal and is presently an Associate Professor at The University of Ottawa.
Global Nature presents the exciting and thought provoking works of Johnson and Gilbert as they explore the relationship between photography and issues related to the environment, eco-tourism, and the ecology movement.
Johnson, in her Tree Planting series (2003) turns her camera on the youthful aspirations of a group of young tree planters in Manitoba. Through her photographs we see their “planet healthy” activities, as well as their more mundane preoccupations with summer romance, the on-going battle with irritating insects, the physical exhaustion and the boredom of life in the bush. For a lucky few, there are sporadic moments of joy and feelings of synchronicity with their natural surroundings.
Johnson’s installation, The Galapagos Project (2005-06) again shows young people toiling to replant the land while they attempt to rejuvenate the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos and rid it of non-indigenous flora and fauna. The enormity of the task is evident in the images.
The land and our relationship to it, is an ongoing theme in the work of Lorraine Gilbert. She is especially known for Shaping the New Forest (1987-2004) in which she documents the lives of tree planters in British Columbia and the effects of the forest industry on the environment. Gilbert’s Icelandic Walks photographs (2002-03) extend her inquiries into the cultural significance of land. The work combines tourist experiences, documentary approaches and mythological expressions. In addition, the images draw attention to the role of digital technologies in constructing an understanding of the world.
Global Nature, so relevant to the BC Interior and our forest industry, is curated by Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Sponsored in Kamloops by Radio NL and Simmons, Black and Emsland Insurance Services
The Men’s Residence, Tranquille, May 2007
Collection of Kamlooops Art Gallery
Purchased with financial support of the Province of BC
The exhibition of photographs by Kamloops artist Victor Hamm can be scrutinized from many different perspectives—technically, spiritually, politically and aesthetically. They are images of architectural or natural elements which can function on a more personal level as metaphors for subjective experience. Like the cracking and crumbling surface of the work in the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection, The Men’s Residence, Tranquille, these exquisite and overtly detailed images imply a certain fragility and vulnerability. To those of us living in the Thompson/Nicola region of British Columbia the images are deeply authentic.
Inspired by the work of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), an American photographer and environmentalist renowned for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park, Victor Hamm strives to attain the pure essence of the land and the sublime moments that have little or no human activity. The works in this exhibition are no exception. Hamm concentrates on the fundamental nature of what is in front of him, strongly defined subject matter, weather patterns and ambient light. Light plays a significant role in his work and Hamm’s interest in the natural landscape and how light continually redefines it, is paramount. He is motivated not only by his sense of aesthetics but also a love of the natural environment and his desire to see it protected.
Hamm has been interested in photography from a very early age, experimenting throughout the history of photographic technology from his first Brownie camera, to the diverse, technological characteristics of 21st century digital imaging.
The works in this exhibition are created using a Nikon D2X digital camera and printed using the Giclee process. The Giclee process was invented in the early 1990s to produce high-resolution digital scans using special large format printers. Most Giclees are printed onto various substrates—canvas, photo-based and fine art papers—using archival quality inks which provide extraordinary colour accuracy and longevity.
Curated by Jann LM Bailey, KAG Executive Director and Chief Curator
Slide-In Camper, 2011
mixed media installation
Curator’s Choice is the seventh annual exhibition of work by students graduating from Thompson Rivers University. Selected by Kamloops Art Gallery Assistant Curator Craig Willms, Curator’s Choice highlights some of the talent from TRU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts graduating class.
Eric Fagervik’s installation is the second version of an actual camper recreated for The Cube at the Kamloops Art Gallery. The work draws attention to sensory experiences and physical awareness of the body’s position in space. Sitting down, opening an overhead compartment and simply entering the space triggers different actions within the camper. Changes in sound, light and motion are evident, so take some time to observe the surroundings. Entering The Cube from the far entrance reveals the exterior of the camper and a behind the scenes look at the mechanisms that control the inner working of the structure.
Sponsored by Simmons, Black and Emsland Insurance Services
Kamloops Art Gallery is pleased to exhibit work from our Community Group Program held in May and June with the Vista Community Services Seniors. Working with our Educator, Kelly Perry, the students met six Thursday mornings and worked with various and unusual materials and mediums.
Vista Community Services is a community-based day service that operates out of the Desert Gardens Community Centre. This program is offered to seniors with developmental disabilities and is funded through Community Living BC. The seniors at Vista have engaged in a variety of recreational and leisurely activities, both within the Centre and in the community. The seniors at Vista have the opportunity to experience meaningful community activities throughout the year, and they embrace new ideas with enthusiasm.
Kamloops Art Gallery is pleased to exhibit work from our School Workshops Program held in May from the Stuart Wood Elementary grade 4/5 class of Sharon Parker. Working with our Educator, Kelly Perry, the students discovered our exhibitions The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective, Ted Smith and A.Y. Jackson: Familiar Territory and Karla Griffin: Almost Everything. Through both tours and themed workshops the Stuart Wood Elementary class experimented with a variety of materials and subject matter.
The works on exhibition are a selection of pieces from Perehudoff and Griffin inspired workshops. The hard-edge abstract paintings explored both colour mixing and the use of acrylic paint and chalk pastel, as well as the choice of colour as subject matter. The graphite and pencil crayon drawings, were a discovery of shape, shading, line and intensity of colour, as well as drawing from still life.
Color Improvisation, 1967
acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery. Purchased 1969
For six decades, since his first solo exhibition in 1950, William Perehudoff has been regarded as a leading Canadian artist and one of the most influential abstract painters in Western Canada.
In 2004 Kamloops Art Gallery acquired eight major Perehudoff works as a donation from the artist. They span some of his most productive years from 1964 to 1997.
Curated by Karen Wilkin, a New York based independent curator and critic, The Optimism of Colour is the first comprehensive survey of Perehudoff’s entire career. The exhibition traces the evolution of his work from the early figurative and landscape works, which reflect his desire to enlarge upon the special character of his surroundings and his interest in Impressionist colour theory, to the radiant abstract paintings that established his international reputation.
The retrospective chronicles Perehudoff’s career from his studies in the 1940s and early 1950s, with Amédée Ozenfant and French/Mexican muralist Louis Henry Jean Charlot in New York and Colorado, to his work in the late 1990s. It is a timely examination of one of the most dynamic periods in Canadian art and traces the evolution of visual culture from before the Second World War to the dominance of Modernist painting, design and architecture in Canada.
Organized and circulated by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada. This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.
Sponsored in Kamloops by Radio NL.
Beacon Hill, 2008
acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Artist
Mount Paul, Kamloops, B.C., 1945
oil on Board
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery
Visions of our dynamic land are scored deep in the heart and mind of every Canadian. Artists from coast to coast to coast have captured many of those very Canadian images in their work.
Urban planners, anthropologist, sociologists and cultural geographers alike continue to investigate the curious reasons why certain places hold a special meaning. As Canadians, we have a strong sense of place that shapes our identity and our unique characteristics as a people.
This is further enhanced by the artists who have portrayed our land.
Familiar Territory speaks to both our fierce sense of independence as a nation and the geographical characteristics that make Canada unique and brings together two important Canadian artists inspired by Canada’s natural beauty.
Most notably was A.Y. Jackson, a founding member of the Group of Seven, who embraced the spirit of the true north and sought to develop a bold and independent painting style that continues to represent Canada as a nation to its people. Jackson traveled the country extensively and ventured into the British Columbia interior on many occasions capturing the changing seasons and rugged landscape in his work.
Kamloops Art Gallery has acquired over the years a number of important A.Y. Jackson paintings including an iconic work of Mount Paul, a major geographic feature of the Kamloops horizon.
Local artist Ted Smith is well known for his Kamloops landscapes. Like his teacher and mentor, Jack Shadbolt, Smith is a master of colour and knows how paint can convey the most subtle feelings and how abstract elements, influenced by the natural environment, can change the fundamental nature of a work. Much like the Impressionist Claude Monet, Smith has returned to the same area to paint it again and again, capturing the delicate variations of light on the land, the changing seasons and the mood. He is also known to work the same themes over many decades using new techniques.
Smith’s approach to the familiar territory of landscape painting and his rich investigation of the aesthetics of line, shape, form, space, texture, light and colour, which create visual order within his work, has earned him a reputation as an outstanding painter.
Like the work of A.Y. Jackson, Smith’s work is informed by historic, cultural, and social aspects of place. The feelings and thoughts summoned up by these rich and colourful landscapes is dependant on personal experience, which in this case, is the discovery of the vast and beautiful British Columbia Interior.
Curated by Jann LM Bailey, KAG Executive Director and Chief Curator.
Sponsored by Radio NL.
1988 GMC Sierra SL 4.3L Pick-up Truck, 2009
pencil crayon on paper
Almost Everything is an exhibition of Griffin’s large scale drawings examining the relationship between individuals and the consumer objects they surround themselves with. The drawings function similar to advertisements, isolating the objects and presenting them as goods of want, desire and consumption. Most of the items are common household objects. Others are luxury items connected to status or the desire to satisfy a particular need. The exhibition is an opportunity for viewers to contemplate how they value, respond to and build relationships with the things around them. Whether conscious of it or not, all of these items build on individual and social identity.
Curated by Craig Willms, KAG Assistant Curator.
The Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture exhibition features thought provoking and intriguing drawings by members of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA). Following the success of BCSLA's 2009 By Hand exhibition, which showcased hand-drawn works by BCSLA members, Drawing on the Land expanded to include renderings by both hand and computer.
Showcasing a range of scales, from small gardens and large civic sites to entire mountain regions, this exhibit exemplifies the breadth and aptitude of the profession and its ability to communicate ideas for exciting landscape architectural spaces. Many drawings represent initial concepts that have ultimately been built. They highlight the continuing role of hand drawing and digital drawing, or a combination of both methods, as important tools in developing and refining design ideas and a vital means of exploring and communicating vibrant design concepts to clients and to the broader community.
Featured projects include: YVR Canada Line Living Wall (Richmond), Woodwards Lighting Concept Plan (Vancouver), Stuart Park (Kelowna), Nicholas North (Whistler), Southeast False Creek Plaza, (Vancouver), Marina Park (Sidney), and more from across BC and Canada. International projects: include Vimy Ridge (France), Boat Haven (USA), a travel journal (The Netherlands), and Chong Qing Railway Access Park (China).
The BCSLA wishes to acknowledge the following for creation and compilation of this exhibit:
Tara Culham, BCSLA Executive Administrator
Jessica Tan, BCSLA Administrative Assistant
The Kamloops Art Gallery is proud to present Options and Opportunities, an exhibition of works by students, aged 18 to 70, from the Gallery’s Community Group Workshop program. The exhibition features work produced using a variety of art techniques and styles learned though the program. The Options and Opportunities program got its start in the early 1990s and since then has offered people with disabilities an opportunity to share their energy and talents with others in the community.
The Mountain, the Night and the 49, 1988
oil and beeswax over acrylic on canvas
Collection of Phillip Gevik, Gallery Gevik
Photo: Don Hall
In 2004 just before Bob Boyer’s death, Kamloops Art Gallery added one of his most significant works to its permanent collection. The Gallery is honoured that Boyer’s Just Another Indian Cowgirl in Iraq has been selected to be part of the celebrated national touring exhibition Bob Boyer: His Life’s Work.
A leading Aboriginal artist from Saskatchewan, Boyer was also an art historian, a curator, and an educator. His untimely passing was mourned around the world.
In the Boyer retrospective guest curator Lee-Ann Martin focuses on Boyer’s powerful blanket and fresco paintings. The exhibition pays tribute not only to his personal impact on the Aboriginal community but also to his contribution to the elevation of Aboriginal art that brought it a wider audience and greater understanding.
The exhibition tracks his career from 1968 to 2004 and includes 60 paintings in diverse media. Boyer’s work consists of highly representational portraits and landscapes painted in the late 1960s through to large-scale vibrant coloured abstracts of the 1970s that were influenced by the artistic traditions of Northern Plains Aboriginal people.
From 1983 to 1995 Boyer was best known for his highly acclaimed, politically-charged blanket paintings that combined elements of Northern Plains design with personal symbolism and contemporary references. During the last decade of his life he experimented with a variety of media, including fresco, and produced work that celebrated Indigenous experience, cosmology and spirituality throughout the world.
The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication and a Virtual Museum of Canada online exhibition at http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/BobBoyer/.
The exhibition Bob Boyer: His Life’s Work is organized by the Mackenzie Art Gallery in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The project is proudly presented by Casino Regina and has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.
Mike Andrew McLean
Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield
Jasper National Park
3 P.M. August 14th 2009
(PC# 153&154) 195&225º
C41 colour photograph
The large format photographs presented in McLean’s Range reflect on the Rocky Mountain National parks and their role in shaping the identity of Western Canadians. The Rockies provide a myriad of industrial opportunity, employment and recreation for tens of thousands of Canadians. Every year, it draws more and more admiring tourists from around the world. Canada’s National park system is vital to the protection and conservation of the region. McLean’s work follows in the tradition of historical mountain photography, capturing the natural beauty of these spectacular ranges and documenting human alterations to the terrain. The exhibition looks at our mountain National Parks in an attempt to better understand their complexities and provide a contemporary perspective on the changing roles and usage of these mountain landscapes.
acrylics on watercolour paper
The Kamloops Art Gallery is pleased to host @Kool Online School, an exhibition of works by fourteen students, aged 6 to 11, from the Gallery’s Community Group Workshop program. Working with instructor Kelly Perry, students used artistic expression to explore French culture. The children's input on what they would like to learn in this workshop was invaluable. The projects in this exhibition were created using multi-media such as paint, a variety of paper, moulding and printmaking.
Kim Clarke Photography
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