Jerry Pethick Semaphore Goya, 1991
Woven wood shirt, cable, milk crates, mirrored glass with gold marble vein, blown glass shapes, coal, aluminum ring, saw blades, chromogenic prints, glass, light fixtures, coloured glass discs
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Rojeanne and Jim Allworth
Installation view, Kamloops Art Gallery
Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie
July 2 to September 10, 2016
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.
A retrospective of work from the 1960s to 2000s, Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie 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.
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.
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. This publication is available in The Gallery Store. 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.
Generously sponsored by Rojeanne and Jim Allworth and Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
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
Arbour Aboriginal Art Collective Youth Workshops
Thursday, August 4
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, August 10
6:00 to 8:00 pm
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, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
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.
August 11, 25
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, August 12, 26
September 9, 30
6:00 to 8:00 pm
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.
Thursday, August 18
6:00 to 9:00 pm
19+, $5 Members / $10 Public
Join us in the KAG studios on select Thursdays for three hours of pizza, beer and art criticism. Bring in your half-baked ideas, in-process exhibition proposals and newly completed art works to get honest and critical feedback from your peers. If your work is too big to transport, digital images are okay, too.
Fee includes one beer and a slice of pizza. Those who bring a work to be critiqued will receive a second beer and a high five.
Harsh Crit has space for 15 participants. To register in advance, go online or call 250-377-2400.
Generously sponsored by Red Collar Brewing Co.
Baby & Me Art Exploration
Thursday, August 25
11:00 to 11:45 am
Children three and under with their parents or guardians (older siblings welcome), FREE
Join us in the KAG studios for baby-friendly art making at 11:00. All of our art materials are safe for small children who want to put everything in their mouths. Art can be messy! Dress your child in something you won’t mind getting dirty. No registration required.
Saturday, August 27
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
All ages, FREE
Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our talented summer art camp participants. Representing the work of over 200 young artists, this exhibition on our BMO Open Gallery is truly special. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Family Art Saturday
Saturday, August 27
1:00 to 3:00 pm
All ages, FREE
Drop in to Family Art Saturdays, a free family event that includes tours and activities in our galleries as well as innovative art workshops in our studios. Explore Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie and participate in found object sculpture workshops.
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, August 30
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, August 2 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
The Opposite of Ugly
Ugly Bunny jewellery is designed and made in Kelowna, BC, by Sarah Jane Sichello. Each nature-inspired piece is laser etched and cut into different materials including walnut, maple, cherry, painted wood, leather, and brass sourced from local cabinetry and leather shops in Kelowna. The jewellery is carefully finished and sealed with a water resistant finish.
Stop in for a look at all the Store's fun and funky products.
Jann LM Bailey sharing opening remarks at the 2015 summer reception for CUSTOM MADE and More Than Visible
Growing the Jann LM Bailey Legacy Fund
Launched in July, the campaign to generate support for the Jann LM Bailey Legacy fund is half-way towards achieving our goal.
By October 2016, we would like to raise $28,000 in support of arts programs for children and youth at the Gallery. We look forward to your support.
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 to the Jann LM Bailey Legacy Fund will 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.
Luxury Vacation Lottery Tickets on Sale Soon
Stay tuned for details about our upcoming Luxury Vacation Lottery. Tickets go on sale this September. You could be this year's lucky winner.
Thank you to our sponsors Travelwise and Uniworld.
Mayor's Awards for the Arts
Mayor Peter Milobar with Mayor's Award for the Arts in Craft & Design 2016 winner Vaughn Warren
The 2017 Mayor's Awards for the Arts committee is continuing to receive nominations for the annual Arts awards. The Mayor's Awards for the Arts 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.