July 14 to September 15, 2018
Central Gallery
In celebration of the Kamloops Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary, Through the Memory Atlas: 40 Years of Collecting, gathers together the most comprehensive selection of works from its permanent collection in one exhibition to date. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a large and diverse group of works, in various media, out from storage and into public view. The exhibition title and curatorial framework pay homage to the German art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg, who founded a private library for Cultural Studies that organized and classified the legacy of Western culture in an experimental, non-logical and non-conventional manner. His project has worked to inspire and inform many contemporary artists today. Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas constituted cosmographic and art historical images arranged non-chronologically to reveal the ways in which subjective and objective forces shape our understanding of Western culture. His juxtaposition of “information constellations” attempted to make sense of the overwhelming process of historical change, creating what he called “thought space” (Denkraum), rather than a definitive archive.

The strength of an art gallery’s permanent collection is its ability to capture and tell the story of the institution; in this case, forty years of exhibitions, forty years of relationships with artists, collectors and other galleries, and foremost, a consistent connection to the ever-changing dialogues in contemporary art. The Kamloops Art Gallery’s collection reflects a maturing institution, at first steeped in the local and representing its regional art communities, and over the years, coming to house works by significant historical artists such as members of the Group of Seven and renowned contemporary Canadian artists who have made an impact on visual art in Canada over the past many decades. Curatorial contributions tell the story of the Gallery’s evolution.

This exhibition reflects the viewpoint of the fulltime and interim curators who have shaped the Gallery’s exhibition history over the past forty years and thereby, its permanent collection. Representing approximately ten percent of the over 3,000 works in the collection, this non-chronological constellation of works endeavors to show the diversity of holdings that are now cared for in perpetuity by the Gallery.

Thematic selections include work by artists from the region, significant highlights from the mobile storage racks and the Gallery’s extensive works on paper, representing a “thought space” of collected artwork that traverses personal and institutional memory.
Jin-me Yoon
Unbidden: Precipice, 2004
C-print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper, 1/3
69.6 x 100.3 cm
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery. Gift of the Artist
Curated by Roger Boulet, Jen Budney, Susan Edelstein, Adrienne Fast, Andrew Hunter, Charo Neville, Jordan Strom and Tania Willard
Generously sponsored by Funk Signs Inc., the Audain Foundation, Rojeanne and James Allworth, and Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
View images of the exhibition here.
July 7 to September 8, 2018
The Cube
Dion Fortie
As part of Dion Fortie’s artistic process, he finds materials through daily walks along riverbanks, industrial outskirts and sites of refuse. At these sites, cast-off materials are detached from their intended purpose and found alongside unrelated objects. Fortie repurposes these finds, transforming them symbolically and formally in sculptural arrangements. The works take the form of assemblages, assisted ready-mades and installations that reference art history and design. They are often constructed to human scale, suggesting anthropomorphic forms that act as stand-ins for the human body.

For his new body of work, Every Night a World Created, Fortie developed a multi media installation of found objects and discarded materials to be installed in The Cube along with accompanying works sited on the artist’s walking route. Both the gallery and off-site works take into consideration the surrounding landscape and fringe quality of natural and industrial areas within the city. The sculptures fuse multifarious materials, both natural and manufactured, to form wall hangings and free-standing sculptures that reference the original purpose of the objects while giving them new meaning within the gallery space. The offsite sculptures stand alone when encountered by chance at their sites, but offer another dimension when viewed in relation to the work in The Cube.
Dion Fortie
map#2, South Thompson, 2018
vinyl collage
Image courtesy of the Artist
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.

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