Jerry Pethick Volklingen Scarab, 1995
Aluminum, stainless steel, plywood, 79 photographs, 56 Fresnel lenses, glass, fluorescent light fixture, silver diffraction foil, silicone, acrylic paint
244 x 213.5 x 134.5 cm
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
Photo: SITE Photography
Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie
July 2 to September 10, 2016
Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie was organized in 2015 by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art. The exhibition in Kamloops comprises a smaller selection of works organized by the Kamloops Art Gallery with cooperation from the Vancouver Art Gallery. A retrospective of work from the 1960s to 2000s, the exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Canadian artist Jerry Pethick's prolific career that emerged from his lifelong investigation into the relationship between technology, consciousness and shifting paradigms of perception. The exhibition includes a number of the "photo arrays" for which Pethick became widely known. Though Pethick's work has been exhibited across Canada, Europe, the United States and Japan, this is the first in-depth museum survey of this important artist's career.
Over the course of a career that spanned five decades, Jerry Pethick (1935–2003) produced a complex and multifaceted body of work that is difficult to classify. Pethick's practice focused on questions of perception, an important area of activity in the visual arts over the past four decades. However, his amalgamations of photography, optical devices, sculpture and drawing, and the structures he assembled to create new conceptions of material space, are a unique achievement. Although it has been 13 years since his passing, his experimental approach to form and materials—along with his rigorous investigations into art history, the history of science and the nature of visual perception—remain both remarkably current and relevant to contemporary art practices today. His visionary work has been an inspiration for new generations of artists.
Pethick challenged culturally determined ways of perceiving space and the related separation of observer and object that has occupied a central position in Western thought since the 18th century. He saw disciplinary boundaries and linear conceptions of history as regimented structures of communication that limit perception and produce a pervasive false consciousness. His practice could be described as an ongoing attempt to push aside these limitations by exploring parallels in the methods of representation developed concurrently in the arts and sciences over the past two centuries, as well as the perceptual systems that have been left in their wake.
While Pethick’s methods, materials and motifs find parallels in the larger realm of contemporary art, his pursuit of a sculptural idiom grounded in virtual space and transparency through idiosyncratic combinations of photographs, optical devices, found objects and a profound engagement with the science of perception was a largely singular journey. The unusual path Pethick took is embodied in his choice to live and work on Hornby Island in British Columbia, a remote and pastoral site frequented by artists and curators from Vancouver and abroad that is both connected to and distanced from the art world’s circuits of communication.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 160-page catalogue that marks the first major publication dedicated to the career of this artist with essays by Grant Arnold, Monika Szewczyk, John Drury, Geoffrey Farmer, Jerry Pethick and Siobhan McCracken Nixon, co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing.
Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie is generously sponsored by Rojeanne and Jim Allworth, and Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
Ryland Fortie Surface Garden (Light Step detail), 2016
Plaster, acrylic nails, cone studs, tin cans, fishnet, steel rod, synthetic hair clips and hardware
Photo: courtesy of the artist
Ryland Fortie: Chatroom Paranoia
July 2 to September 3, 2016
The 2016 Curator’s Choice exhibition features a new project by Ryland Fortie. Fortie’s practice is based in research and explores materials and video through multi-media installation. The exhibition title, Chatroom Paranoia, references virtual social spaces found on the Internet as a real time forum for exchanging ideas on particular topics. Through video, sculpture and synthetic objects like plastic fruit, artificial plants and plaster body parts, the artist examines how the lines between virtual and physical space, and therefore social interaction, are increasingly blurred.
Objects and images are displaced and presented in unusual contexts, altering how meaning and form change in different surroundings. Fortie explores Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of reality as a social construct; Bourdieu contends that to exist is to exist socially in relation to others. Chatroom Paranoia is a multi-media installation that addresses various realities in relation to engagement with others. In this new work, Fortie questions how meaning and identity are constructed within all social spaces, whether in person or virtual, and invites the viewer to question authenticity.
Generously sponsored by Cypress Insurance and OA Fine Arts & Jewellery Insurance
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Kamloops Back to the Future
July 2 to August 20, 2016
BMO Open Gallery
Organized by Image Masters, 20 local photographers got together for one day and took a step back in history. Their goal was to recreate and match the modern version of scenes originally captured over 100 years ago. With the help of the Kamloops Museum & Archives, these photographers set out on a journey that would take them back to the future to show how our city has grown since the late 1800s.
The 25 companion images featured in this exhibition were shot in the summer of 2014 to match the Kamloops Archive pictures which were taken between 1889 and 1914.
The photograph featured here shows Victoria Street and 2nd Avenue. The original was taken in 1906.
Calendar of Events
Art in the Park
Friday, July 1
9:00 to 5:00 pm
All ages, FREE
An annual event in Kamloops for over 40 years, Art in the Park has become a showcase of Kamloops’ cultural producers and presenters. Artists and organizations complement Canada Day celebrations during this all-day event in Riverside Park. Organized by the Kamloops Arts Council, an estimated 30,000 people attend and participate in the festivities. Look for the KAG booth to find out about our programs and to participate in fun art activities.
Curator's Tour with Grant Arnold
Saturday, July 2
All ages, FREE
Join Vancouver Art Gallery Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Grant Arnold, for a tour of Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie. Arnold will provide background on the artist and discuss key ideas and works in the exhibition.
Saturday, July 2
6:30 to 8:00 pm
All ages, FREE
Join us to celebrate the opening of Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie in the Central Gallery, Ryland Fortie: Chatroom Paranoia in The Cube and Kamloops Back to the Future on the BMO Open Gallery. Meet the artists and curators, mix with other art supporters, get creative at the Kids Table and enjoy live music and appetizers. Everyone welcome. Memberships are 25% off.
Still Life Drawing in the Library
Wednesday, July 6
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Join local artist and educator Elizabeth Pattie to develop your drawing and observation skills in the relaxed atmosphere of the Kamloops Library. No previous experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Registration is required. Register by calling the Library at 250-372-5145.
Arbour Aboriginal Art Collective Youth Workshops
Thursday, July 7
6:30 to 9:00 pm
Arbour Collective provides opportunities for youth and adults to create art, learn new creative methods and exhibit or perform in the Kamloops area. By supporting work that confronts and challenges stereotypes, hidden histories and stolen voices, the Arbour Collective seeks to inspire and empower through creativity. Collective members will be working in the studios on select Thursdays. Youth and adults of all nationalities are invited to drop in to participate. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided.
Drink & Draw at Red Collar
Wednesday, July 13
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Red Collar Brewing Co., 355 Lansdowne Street
All ages, FREE
Join us at Red Collar Brewing Co. to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best local beer. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.
Art History Happy Hour
Thursday, July 14
5:00 to 6:00 pm
Learn something new while enjoying your after-work drink. Every month will offer a new topic on diverse aspects of art history presented by local artists, educators and researchers. A cash bar will be available.
Thursday, July 14, 28
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Drop in to DIY Thursdays to learn new skills from talented local artists. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided (and some snacks).
Chromesthesia / Melophoria
Friday, July 15, 29
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Barnacle Records, 290 3rd Avenue
All ages, FREE
On select Fridays, the KAG joins Barnacle Records to offer a night of hands-on art and music making. KAG art instructors will bring P.A.T., our Portable Art Trailer, and Barnacle Records will provide turntables and mixers for amateur and pro DJs to experiment. Meld your senses and try your hand at DJing, printmaking and drawing. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided. DJs, please bring your own music.
Saturday, July 23, 30
1:00 to 4:00 pm
16+, $22 members / $25 public (class)
Learn the basics of acrylic painting with local artist and educator Elizabeth Pattie. Covering everything from colour theory to landscape painting, this workshop offers something for everyone. Registration required. Register online or call 250-377-2400.
Drink & Draw at Zack's Coffee
Monday, July 25
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Zack's Coffee, 377 Victoria Street
All ages, FREE
Join us at Zack's Coffee on the last Monday of the month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops' best coffee and tea. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.
Drink & Draw at Denny's
Tuesday, July 26
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Denny's, 570 Columbia Street
All ages, FREE
Join us on the last Tuesday of the month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and feast on Denny’s delicious treats. Kids eat free! No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided.
Summer Art Camp
Monday to Friday, July 4 to August 19
Join us for a fun-filled, creative summer inspired by the exhibition Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie. Led by our talented art instructors, campers will explore outer space and invent rocket ships; assemble found object sculptures and make their own plarn (yarn made from plastic bags); deconstruct art history and discover colour theory. Each day includes an interactive tour and activity in our exhibition spaces, developing the ability of young artists to articulate their ideas about what they’re looking at.
As with all of our studio programs, KAG art camps prioritize the creative process over the outcome. We encourage young artists to experiment, test new techniques and develop their skills through self-expression. One morning a week, campers will go on a field trip to the Kamloops Library (with whom we share a building) to participate in their Summer Reading Club and read stories that explore themes relevant to the exhibition.
At the end of the summer, we celebrate the accomplishments of the talented young artists who participated in our summer art camp with an exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery. We hope you will join us at the reception on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 am.
We visit current exhibitions daily.
Our instructors are practicing artists with Visual Arts education.
Students will have a work displayed on the BMO Open Gallery.
Guest artists visit our camps.
We teach technical fine art skills.
Camp is tons of fun!
Extended care available 8:30 to 9:00 am and 3:00 to 3:30 pm at a nominal cost.
We look forward to seeing you at the Gallery this summer!
The Gallery Store
Let the Fun Begin
Inspired by Jerry Pethick’s unconventional use of materials, the Gallery Store now carries Suspend by Melissa & Doug. A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands, this suspended balance game is sure to impress. With each piece added the balance shifts, increasing the difficulty.
This quirky, sculptural game is for 1 - 4 players (ages 8+).
By October 2016, we would like to raise $28,000 in support of arts programs for children and youth at the Gallery.
In memory of our Executive Director Jann LM Bailey, we hope to raise these funds to acknowledge the first anniversary of her passing and in recognition of her 28 years with the Gallery. Jann was a passionate advocate for arts education, beginning her career as an Arts Instructor at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Jann strongly believed that encouraging appreciation for the arts at a young age fosters cultural values that last a lifetime. This fundraiser is a tribute to her extensive contribution to the arts sector locally and nationally.
All donations over $20 will receive a tax deductible charitable receipt. Donations can be made online at www.kag.bc.ca/supportus/donations or by visting or calling the Gallery at 250-377-2400. Donations in memory of Jann will go toward establishing the Jann LM Bailey Legacy Fund to be held in trust with the BC Interior Community Foundation; another community organization which mattered greatly to Jann.
From all of us at the Gallery, thank you in advance for your support.
We Want to Hear from You
We have had terrific response to our Community Survey which remains live until July 8.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond, if you haven't already.
The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and by participating, you will help us to better understand the interests of our community and inform our planning around future initiatives.
Participation is open to anyone at least 16 years of age.
The 2017 Mayor's Awards for the Arts committee is now accepting nominations for the annual Arts awards that recognizes and celebrates artists and supporters in Kamloops and the Thompson Nicola Regional District.
Please visit the Mayor's Gala for the Arts website for nomination details. The deadline for submission is September 30. We look forward to your nominations in the categories of Artist of the Year - Performing Arts, Emerging Artist and Business in Support of the Arts.