Pascal Grandmaison NOSTALGIE 2, 2015
HD video installation
All membranes are porous
September 24 to December 31
Margaret Dragu • Pascal Grandmaison • Sarah Anne Johnson • Zoe Kreye • Luanne Martineau • Jeremy Shaw
Flesh, organs, eyes to the soul, under my skin, silhouette, inner voice, scars – the human body, its physical form, internal experience, external representation and metaphoric existence in the world is intimately familiar to us all. The body is deeply personal and inescapably public. It has been the central subject of a wide range of study within medical, spiritual, philosophical and sociological disciplines.
Embodiment and phenomenological experience can include but are not exclusive to social bodies, political bodies, differently abled bodies and gendered bodies. These encompass inclusive and exclusive spaces, personal and governmental rights, and technological or scientific experimentation. The body has also been the subject of artistic expression since the first recorded mark, often a record of how bodies were perceived and upheld at particular time periods, reflecting economic status, social morals and gender roles. Artists of the last few decades have been interested in exposing the power dynamics implicit through the representation of the body in a multitude of forms.
This exhibition looks at this topic by way of an open and fluid inquiry. Rather than foregrounding representations of the body tied to identity, the exhibition, like its title indicates, is porous and flexible, experiential and visceral. The work of this group of Canadian artists addresses the body in relation to knowledge, intimacy, loss, death, class, race, community, aging, architecture, nature, abstraction, movement and intervention.
It includes Margaret Dragu’s cumulative archive of performances and relational workshops addressing iterative decay, memory loss and personal legacy with a primary focus on the body as a source of knowledge. Zoe Kreye’s installation represents community-based projects emerging from an invitation to perform the body in relation to sculptural objects and built spaces. Jeremy Shaw offers an experience for one person at a time that takes the viewer into a hypnotic experience of memory and personality. Sarah Anne Johnson’s installation translates her grandmother’s traumatic experience as a hospital patient by way of the artist’s own body and the viewer’s navigation of a clinical space, while Pascal Grandmaison’s ethereal videos provide a mesmerizing doubling of natural and bodily phenomenon. Luanne Martineau's soft sculptures evoke internal and external body parts through ambiguous forms that oscillate between figuration and abstraction.
Each of these artists explores the notion of embodiment through an inimitable approach to our common experience of inhabiting a body. The exhibition is an invitation to viewers to reflect on their own bodily experience and the expansive diversity that this comprises.
Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
For a closer perspective of Margaret Dragu's work, please listen to CBC interview here.
Monica McGarry’s work uses pop culture, kitsch and humour to challenge how people perceive the world around them. Her choice of materials recalls a childhood fascination with glossy and shiny objects. As we mature into adulthood, a fascination with eye-catching materials remains, though perhaps our desire to interact with them lessens. McGarry delves into how this perception changes as we get older and how we can be drawn back into an investigation of our surroundings, beyond appearances. Glitter, often a staple of children’s art projects, is used as the central medium in McGarry’s large scale painting inviting viewers to take in the shimmering surface more closely, while the text and interrogative titles of both the work and the exhibition wrestle with the seduction of this material, highlighting this uneasy relationship between criticality and the experience of wonder as we age.
McGarry's sculptural installation, Fluttering Iridescent Ribbon, references American conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth’s approach to representation in works such as his One and Three Chairs (1965). Kosuth presented three incarnations of a chair including an actual chair, a photograph of a chair and a text panel with a description of a chair. McGarry treats the fluttering iridescent ribbon similarly, provoking the viewer to consider how ideas are interpreted into text, image and object. McGarry’s installation playfully addresses notions of beauty and seduction and the underlying question: What is art? Together, the works in the exhibition reflect on how we assign meaning to objects and how we relate to images in the context of art making and viewing at a time when we are constantly bombarded by visual information.
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Pelin Tan and Anton Vidokle 2084: A Science Fiction Show/Episode 2: The Fall of Artists' Republic (video still), 2014
Courtesy of the artists
October 28 to November 5, 2016
Downtown > After dark
Luminocity returns to Kamloops! In the fall of 2014, this week-long public art project dazzled viewers with legendary weekend dance parties and video projections in public spaces throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. An off-site KAG initiative, Luminocity is a forum for independent media arts regionally, nationally and internationally. It embraces new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field and encourages diverse audience engagement outside the
Gallery’s regular programming. Inspired by popular public art events across the country such as Nuit Blanche, the KAG’s inaugural presentation transformed Kamloops’ urban environment with projections on the facades of buildings and in storefront windows, site specific installations at Riverside Park and performances in the Rotary Bandshell.
This year Luminocity lights up similar sites and introduces new ones with a selection of diverse multi-media work by artists from across the country and from here at home. Works include Mark Soo’s Several Circles, a devolving two-channel video installation set to a soundtrack of Detroit techno music and featuring an 1880s steam-powered paddleboat and a 1980s Ford traveling down the river. Soo's work emphasizes the 100-year relationship between multiple forms of mechanical power via the rise and transformation of American industrialism. Luminocity also features Episode 2 of Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan’s 2084: A Science Fiction Show set in a futuristic bunker that traces the advent of an artist-run state and its subsequent fall due to the relentless pursuit of transforming life into art.
att Macintosh and Keesic Douglas’ social science fiction work Pitching Tents in Terra Nullius offers an allegory made from the signs, symbols and practices of camping to consider the role camping plays as a platform for imagining a simpler time and the myth of an untouched Canadian landscape. Monica McGarry takes over the Kamloops Museum & Archives window to create a media collage drawn from archives that examines Kamloops history through its local agriculture, while Devon Lindsay offers an slow dual projection of the proposed AJAX mine site transforming from pastoral beauty to a darker future.
For the duration of Luminocity, Dion and Ryland Fortie transform the Rotary Bandshell into Auxiliary Glow, a reserve of lights and visuals, bizarre shadows, strange characters, analog video effects and visuals. The Bandshell is once again home to two weekends of live musical performances featuring local and touring bands and DJs. Film screenings and workshops are also hosted throughout the week while the park is aglow with multiple video projections.
Be sure to pick up a Luminocity Guide at the Gallery to learn more about all the sites, artists and events and watch www.luminocity.ca for updates closer to the event.
Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Generously sponsored by Nicola Eye Care
Anyssa Gill: Private Parts
September 24 to December 31
BMO Open Gallery
The winner of our third annual Art Duel, Thompson Rivers University Visual Arts student Anyssa Gill presents Private Parts, a series of ten oil paintings exploring those thoughts, emotions, feelings, attitudes and desires that we prefer to keep private—even from those closest to us.
Employing a kind of stream of consciousness painting philosophy, Gill creates these paintings (or dreamscapes, as she describes them) while listening to music or watching TV. She begins without a plan or a specific colour palette, preferring to allow her subconscious to influence each decision as she goes. Through this process, Gill hopes to bring those most private parts of herself into public view.
Calendar of Events
Wednesday, October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14
3:30 to 5:00 pm
12 to 24, FREE
Previously known as The Graphic Novel Club, this program began as a joint initiative with the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Kamloops Library to create a collaborative public art project. Out of this has developed Logograph, a youth-directed club that meets weekly at the Gallery and Library. Led by our Teen Intern, this program offers space for creative youth to make art and generate ideas for future projects. New members are always welcome.
Family Storytime + Baby & Me
10:30 to 11:45 am
Children three and under with parents or guardians, FREE (older siblings welcome)
The Gallery and the Kamloops Library partner to combine two of your favourite baby to preschooler programs: Family Storytime and Baby & Me. Join us in the KAG studios at 10:30 for songs, stories and puppets with the librarians from the Kamloops Library, followed by 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.
Generously sponsored by 3-D Line Locating Inc.
Arbour Aboriginal Art Collective Youth Workshops
Thursday, October 6
6:00 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, October 12
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Red Collar Brewing Co., 355 LansdowneStreet
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, October 13
5:00 to 6:00 pm
Learn something new while enjoying your after-work drink. This month, join local artist Monica McGarry to learn more about her artistic practice. Monica McGarry’s work uses pop culture, kitsch and humour to challenge how people perceive and engage with images in the world around them. Her choice of material recalls a childhood fascination with glossy and shiny objects and materials. As we mature into adulthood, a fascination with eye-catching material remains, though perhaps our desire to interact with them lessens. The artist delves into how this perception changes as we get older and how we can be drawn back into an investigation of our surroundings, beyond appearances.
A cash bar will be available.
Thursday, October 13
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Join local artist Monica McGarry for a hands-on workshop - Deconstructed Sticker Collages - for the October workshop. Deconstruct and reconstruct stickers into elaborate/humorous/peculiar collages and patterns. No glue sticks needed!
Drink & Draw at Denny's
Tuesday, October 25
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.
Who Are We
Participate in the creation of a collaborative public art work that represents the diversity of our community.
We are looking for photos and stories that reflect your culture and heritage. What is missing, misrepresented or poorly reflected in mainstream media? Share your truth.
This collaborative mosaic of photographs and stories will be presented publicly on the windows of the TNRD Library as part of Luminocity—luminocity.ca—October 28 to November 5, 2016.
To participate, post your photos and stories to Instagram and tag us @kamloopsartgallery with the hashtag #kagyes, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15, 2016.
This project is supported by a BC Community Gaming Grant.
Remembering Jann LM Bailey
The final effort is on.
By the end of 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. She 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
The 5th Annual Luxury Vacation Lottery has been launched – and is off to a running start! One lucky person will win an 8-day European River Cruise for 2, all inclusive and including airfare – up to a $10,000 value OR you can choose to have a $5,000 one time use travel voucher. Only 450 tickets are being sold. Tickets are $100. You can support this Kamloops Art Gallery fundraiser even more if you purchase your ticket at any Kamloops Branch of Scotiabank. For each ticket they sell on our behalf, they will match it with another $100 to the Gallery. Tickets may also be purchased at the Kamloops Art Gallery or by calling 250-377-2400. Tickets are on sale until they sell out or until noon, December 24. The draw date is January 6, 2017.
We also invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm at The Old Courthouse main room 2nd floor for an informative evening to learn about river cruising.
Our trip sponsor, Uniworld, will be presenting along with Travelwise who will be talking about special offers. The admission is free, we simply ask that you RSVP if you will be attending. 250-851-0211. Luxury Vacation Lottery tickets will also be on sale at this event.
Thank you to our sponsors Scotiabank, Uniworld, Travelwise, Westkey, Kamloops This Week, New Wave Advertising, CFJC TV and The River 97.5.
Know your limit, play within it. BC Gaming licence # 87230.
Cannes Festival Returns
Prepare to laugh, cry, ponder, giggle and be amazed by the talent that created these international, award-winning commercials. The Kamloops Art Gallery is proud to once again present the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the World’s Best Commercials of 2015. Join us for a screening of this prestigious compilation on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at The Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $15 for Members or Students or $20 for Adults, plus applicable taxes.
The price of admission includes a post-screening gathering at the Kamloops Art Gallery with refreshments and cash bar where you can chat about your favourite picks with the other attendees. Tickets are available at online through the Kamloops Live! Box Office and by calling 250-374-LIVE.
If you are a member wanting to purchase your ticket please visit the Kamloops Art Gallery or by calling 250-377-2400.
We look forward to seeing you at this special presentation.
The Gallery Store
Walking Works of Art
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