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May 14, 2020
Twyla Exner
The Gallery has acquired two works from Twyla Exner’s exhibition Cling, presented in The Cube January 17 to March 14, 2020. The works are comprised of satellite dishes infested with sculptural barnacles. They speak to prescient issues of the day: the relationship between invasive species and discarded technology. Some species of barnacles become invasive pests that cling to natural and human-made structures and remain in place long after their lifespan. Similarly the television satellite dishes that the artist reclaimed are often left clinging to the exterior of buildings long after the technology has been outdated. WiFi signals and technology invade our everyday lives, claiming to connect us while simultaneously disconnecting us from nature and the real world.

The Cube exhibition housed the majority of the barnacle satellites while the two acquired works were installed as invasive works intervening in the public space of the Atrium between the Gallery and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library.

This acquisition supports the practice of a British Columbian artist with a unique connection to Kamloops. Currently based in Prince George, BC, Exner taught in the Visual Arts Department at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. She currently works as the Director of Public Programs at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George.

Twyla Exner
Cling, 2017-2020
satellite, cast urethane
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery
Photo: Cory Hope
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