October 28 to December 31, 2007
Ian McDonald
Boys and Boxes is an exhibition by Kamloops artist Ian McDonald that features approximately 42 photographic portraits of technicians working at Highland Valley Copper, Canada’s largest open pit copper mine located near Logan Lake, an hour's drive southwest of Kamloops. The workers, all men, are specialists in a variety of trades, and the portraits include those of welders, heavy duty and automotive mechanics, electricians, machinists, tire men, and millwrights. McDonald, who also works at Highland Valley Copper, has photographed each man standing next to his tool box.

The men portrayed in Boys and Boxes are members of the United Steel Workers Union Local 7619. Their tool boxes are individualized with stickers, magnets, posters, and other decorations, and can be understood as physical extensions of the men’s personal identities. As portraits of individuals within a collectivized environment, the images examine the ways in which individuals assert their uniqueness within the group. Photographing with the camera at eye-level, McDonald creates equality between viewer and subject in these sensitive portraits.

Boys and Boxes is also a rare study of the mining industry’s demographics: nearly all the men in the photographs are in or near their fifties, representing a generation that came of age when trade opportunities were few and highly sought. Most of these men have worked at Highland Valley Copper for 20 years or more, and have experienced the miner’s life of closures, strikes, and mergers. McDonald’s images present a sociological perspective on an industry that is often viewed only through the lenses of economics or the environment.

The Kamloops Art Gallery is proud to present McDonald’s first solo exhibition in a public art gallery and to pay tribute to the mine workers in our community. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with an essay by Thompson Rivers University instructor Terryl Atkins.
Ian McDonald
Pat Lutzmann, Welder, 2005
digital chromogenic print
Courtesy of the Artist
Generously sponsored by Off-Centre Magazine, United Steelworkers Local 7619, Highland Valley Copper
View images of the exhibition here.
October 28 to December 31, 2007
undiscovered adj 1: not discovered; "with earth-based telescopes many stars remain undiscovered" 2: not yet discovered; "undiscovered islands"  [syn: unexplored]

Kamloops Art Gallery presents work by six talented and newly “discovered” artists from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. Selected by a team of invited jurors, artists James Black, John Russell, Daniel Tom, Megs Waterous, Craig Willms and Barbara Zimonick represent some of the region’s hidden talent.

Over a two day period in March 2007, an expert panel reviewed 78 submitted portfolios. Jurors George Harris, Curator of Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George, Dona Moore, Director of Kelowna Art Gallery in Kelowna, Deborah Loxam-Kohl, Curator of Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History, and well-known Kamloops artist David Langevin evaluated each submission on the basis of originality—the exploration of new terrain—as well as artistic vision and merit.

The six artists in Undiscovered  work in diverse media and styles. Photographers John Russell and Barbara Zimonick capture the beauty of the regional landscape in very different ways. James Black’s ink drawings of animals, vehicles, and entertainment equipment provide a contemporary First Nations’ perspective. Daniel Tom presents beautiful “tomahawk” sculptures made from carved wood and stone, recycled fur, and other salvaged materials. Megs Waterous’ ceramic vessels are abstracts but, like Tom’s sculptures, refer to the natural world. Craig Willms, an avid lover of baseball, has created the interactive sculptural installation How to Throw a Knuckleball—baseballs included!

The Gallery is delighted to organize an exhibition of works by these talented artists, their first show in a public gallery. Through this exhibition, the Gallery hopes to generate excitement about the visual arts emerging in the region.

A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase in The Gallery Store.
Meg Waterous
Plumage, 2006
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Victor Hamm
Generously sponsored by Off-Centre Magazine, Funk Signs Inc
View images of the exhibition here.
October 28 to December 31, 2007
This exhibition features a selection of artworks from the Gallery’s permanent collection, all of which share a certain lack of recognisability—or at least a very surprising form! Included are recent additions to the collection by British Columbian artists, such as Taiga Chiba's sumi-e paintings of prehistoric life forms, misshapen "chocks" by Jack Jeffrey, and mittens mysteriously stuffed with cigarettes by Liz Magor. Other works in the exhibition have not emerged from storage for a decade or more, including extraordinary wall hangings from the 1970s by Dianne Michel and Ros Eldridge. These works join an improbable cribbage board by Andrew Atagootak, portraits of hanging beef carcasses by Attila Richard Lukacs, evocative photographs of dead matter by Eldon Garnet, and eccentric assemblages by Raymond Dupuis and Alan Wood. Contemporary Curiosities celebrates the ambiguous, the mysterious, the playful, and the downright weird in contemporary Canadian art.
Taiga Chiba
Ancient Life - 3, 2002
sumi ink on Kozo Japanese paper laminated on masa paper on wood panel
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program
Photo: Kamloops Art Gallery
Generously sponsored by Off-Centre Magazine
View images of the exhibition here.
First Fruits
September 30 to November 1, 2007
The Cube
Yvonne Reddick
First Fruits is in essence the first fruits of Yvonne Reddick’s labour. This exhibition of fruit and vegetable still-life oil paintings is her first public exhibition. A studious and meticulous painter, she only recently began her art practice. Although new to painting, she is in many ways very traditional. Inspired by European Old Master painters, such as Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, she slowly builds her oil paintings. Each small scale work is made up of many layers of paint. The resulting works seem to both glow with light and give off a depth and intensity of saturated colour. Reddick’s first series of paintings is a sure sign of promising fruit to come.

Works in The Cube are available for purchase through The Gallery Store.

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