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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that the artist reclaimed are often left clinging to the exterior of buildings long after the technology has been outdated.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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January 30, 2020
Jayce Salloum
The 2009 Kamloops Art Gallery touring exhibition Jayce Salloum: History of the Present {Selected Work from 1988 – 2009} was the first comprehensive survey of Lebanese Canadian artist Jayce Salloum’s artistic practice. This year the Gallery finalized the acquisition of a significant body of work from this exhibition.

untitled: location/dis-location(s) is the second series in the artist’s ongoing untitled photographs series, all of which engage in the representation of public and private space, the tableaux of commercial enterprises acting as ideological stage fronts, domestic settings, and the spaces of intimacy found in between both. This series takes as its primary subject the city of Vancouver, but includes images from other cities and locations, including New York, Paris, Los Angeles and rural Afghanistan, which the artist visited in 2008. Comprised of photographs taken from 1996 to 2009, untitled: location/dis-location(s) visualizes “natural,” urban, semi-urban, and sub-urban environments as constructed views. Salloum’s collection of images represent his subjective response to “place” and suggest a dislocation from these sites, which are places in constant flux, progressing, mutating, persisting, resisting or collapsing under the pressures of regulated and unregulated development, crisis and contestation.

In 2014 Jayce Salloum was the recipient of a Governor General’s award in the visual arts in acknowledgement of his contributions to the arts in Canada. His work has included curatorial projects and community workshops; he has been consistently committed to supporting the work of emerging artists and those from marginalized communities. Salloum’s unique approach to the archive, documentary, storytelling and community engagement through art contributes to imminent dialogues about what constitutes contemporary art.
untitled photographs: location/dis-location(s), 1996 – ongoing (detail) 94 (inkjet) photographs Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, gift of the Artist
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