Luminocity
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October 12 to October 20, 2018
Downtown Kamloops and Riverside Park
Luminocity returns in the fall of 2018 for its third biennial event. A week-long video art exhibition, Luminocity showcases video projects by artists from across the country in public spaces throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. As an off-site Kamloops Art Gallery initiative, Luminocity embraces new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field and brings recent video projects previously shown primarily in gallery settings to the outdoors.

Inspired by popular public art events such as Nuit Blanche that take over major cities throughout Canada, previous Luminocity events have transformed Kamloops’ urban environment with projections on the facades of buildings and from storefront windows, along with site specific installations at Riverside Park, projects at Arnica Artist Run Centre and performances in the Rotary Bandshell and the Old Courthouse.

This year Luminocity lights up similar sites and introduces new ones with a selection of diverse multi-media work by artists based nationally and from here at home. Highlighting themes emerging in current video practices, many projects feature predominantly female protagonists, explore Asian folklore and examine traditional Indigenous practices and our relationship with them today. Many of the videos probe fantastical stories of other worlds, at times ghostly and dark.

This year’s event will debut the next chapter of Howie Tsui’s Retainers of Anarchy, a 25-metre scroll-like video installation that references life during the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE). In his newest project Parallax Chambers (White Camel Mountain), Tsui employs the same honed production process of drawing, animation and programming by way of an algorithmic animation sequence with stereo sound and applies this to a suite of intimately animated rooms within the Kowloon Walled City (situated geographically and administratively beyond the borders of both Hong Kong and China). This project serves as an avatar for the transitory state inherent to the diasporic experience.

Delving into Japanese folklore and spirit worlds, and integrating a film noir aesthetic, Cindy Mochizuki’s Scissors, the third chapter of her trilogy Rock, Paper, Scissors, 2017, tells the story of K, a 175 year old blind ghost who walks around a furnace in a steel factory, circling a giant who cuts through time.

Works also include new video projects by artists Maureen Gruben, Jeneen Frei Njootli and Jim-me Yoon that were created as part of LandMarks2017, a curated series of contemporary art projects made in and around Canada’s national parks and historic sites in June 2017 that addressed Canada150, our collective histories and shared futures.

Allison Hrabluik’s Splits, 2015, offers a series of quick cuts showcasing fourteen individuals and groups, each demonstrating some kind of skill. Hrabluik’s mesmerizing video collage showcases an idiosyncratic cast of characters performing their strengths, aptitudes and obsessive interests, including rope-jumpers, weightlifters, dog trainers, a hairdresser, an opera singer, a piano player, a prolific hot dog eater and a tap dancing crew.

The Bandshell is once again home to evening performances and events throughout the week while Riverside Park is aglow with multiple video projections. Be sure to pick up a Luminocity guide at the Gallery or visit luminocity.ca to learn more about the multitude of projects, artists and events. Look for KAG art instructors who will be roaming Luminocity sites to offer you insights into the art work.

Copies of a printed Luminocity guide are available around Kamloops, at the Gallery and by clicking here.

Curated by Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
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.
Installation view of Through the Memory Atlas: 40 Years of Collecting showing works from the Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery. Photo: Cory Hope, Kamloops Art Gallery
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.
April 14 to June 30, 2018
Central Gallery
Barbara Astman
Christos Dikeakos
James Nizam
Maxwell Bates
Michael Drebert
Dennis A. Oppenheim
Rebecca Belmore
Lawren Harris
Annie Pootoogook
B.C. Binning
Owen Kydd
Richard Prince
Lee Bontecou
Beatrice Lennie
Pudlo Pudlat
Bertram Brooker
Landon MacKenzie
Kyohei Sakaguchi
Karin Bubaš
Myfanwy MacLeod
Abraham Rattner
Arabella Campbell
Scott McFarland
Reece Terris
Emily Carr
Jason McLean
Ron Tran
Ian Carr-Harris
Alex Morrison
Renée Van Halm
Share Corsault
Ben Nicholson
William Vazan
Much art of the last several centuries has been preoccupied with the creation of space, from the illusionistic space of Renaissance art to the presence of depth that can exist even within pure abstraction. Divided into three sections, this exhibition presents a range of historical and contemporary artworks by more than 30 artists that together communicate some of the countless ways artists have contemplated space – from its optical perceptions, to its emotional impact and finally, to its geographical or topographical limits.

The exhibition begins by evoking the early twentieth century, which saw the replacement of deep illusionistic space in painting with something more fractured and far more suggestive. In Canada, artists such as Emily Carr, B.C. Binning, Maxwell Bates and other West Coast modernists adapted European and British influences to the specificities of British Columbia. Many of their methods of fracturing the picture plane have been re-interpreted by contemporary artists from today’s perspective.

The exhibition takes its title from a book by the same name authored in 1958 by Gaston Bachelard. In The Poetics of Space he writes particularly about the home, where as children we have our first momentous encounters of space. Drawing inspiration from this, the second section of the exhibition introduces elements of intimacy and memory, featuring works about houses and homes that impart their mysteries, histories or, in some cases, the abuses that lie within.

The third and final section of the exhibition features works in which the artists have conceptualized space in non-traditional ways, mapping it according to their own purposes or acknowledging its layered socio-cultural histories. These artists use various methods to map or define space – some through performative actions, others through investigations of social use, and still others through depictions of signs that register spatial borders. In its totality, The Poetics of Space offers myriad ways to consider how we experience, create and contain space, perhaps in order to save ourselves from its infinity.

The Poetics of Space is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator Emerita and Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery. Across the Province is generously supported by the Killy Foundation.
Annie Pootoogook
Listening to the Radio, 2005–06
pencil crayon, ink on paper
41.6 x 51.0 cm
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
Curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator Emerita and Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery.
View images of the exhibition here.
April 7 to June 23, 2018
The Cube
Ashleigh Bartlett
Jessica Groome
CIRCLES & WIGS is a collaborative practice between Jessica Groome and Ashleigh Bartlett creating drawings, paintings and installations. Living in different cities, they have conducted intensive self-directed residencies in each other’s studios since 2015 to produce new work playing off each other’s practices. For this exhibition, the two artists worked from their respective cities for six months before coming together at the Kamloops Art Gallery for a two-week residency to complete the project in The Cube.

The exhibition uses Imi Knoebel’s series of paintings titled 24 Farben für Blinky (24 Colours for Blinky), as a departure point. Knoebel painted the series in 1977 as a tribute to his friend, artist Blinky Palermo, following Blinky's death earlier that year. This was a turning point in Knoebel’s practice because of his embrace of painting and his selection of colours based on his feelings for his friend and the works he left behind. Groome and Bartlett will determine the other’s palette from a distance based on the idea of each other from memory. Using the selected palette, one artist creates circles while the other creates wigs consisting of shredded paintings. They will finish and install the work at the Kamloops Art Gallery in the final week leading up to the exhibition, and will continue with an open studio and an artist talk in the week following the opening. The title comes from an adolescent declaration of friendship that has come to have tongue-in-cheek connotations and a casualness in the abbreviated “BFF” shared through text messaging. CIRCLES & WIGS was concocted from text, Skype and email communication for the artists’ initial collaborative exhibition and continues in this manner since the artists still reside in different cities. They are poking fun at the term, but also embrace it as a link that identifies Groome and Bartlett as being something more than only being collaborators.
CIRCLES & WIGS
Circle and Wig Pairing 1, Toronto, 2015
mixed media
dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the Artists
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
January 19 to March 31, 2018
Central Gallery
Anonymous 19th Century Photographers
D. Nusserwanji
Alexander Gorlizki and Riyaz Uddin Studio
Linneaus Tripe
Zinnia Naqvi
Nandan Ghiya
Vivan Sundaram
Pushpamala N. and Clare Arni
Adolf de Meyer
Pamela Singh
Nandini Valli Muthiah
Raja Deen Dayal
Dayanita Singh
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
John Burke
Ghasiram Haradev Sharma
Panchal Mansaram
Samuel Bourne
Raqs Media Collective
Sunil Gupta
Felice Beato
Re Present: Photography from South Asia is a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in Western Canada to present a diverse range of the rich and varied histories of photographic media from the Indian subcontinent.

Photography was introduced to India almost immediately after it was invented in Europe. Louis Daguerre’s instructions for the new media were published in France in August 1839, and by 1840 professional photography studios were open in major cities like Calcutta and Bombay. Photography was soon adopted by the British colonial government to document the many different populations and communities they sought to control, and as a result the medium is deeply entangled with the colonial project as a tool of surveillance and policing. At the same time, photography was also enthusiastically embraced by Indians themselves as a means of personal expression and modern experimentation. The painted and embellished photographic practices that developed in nineteenth century South Asia are a unique contribution to the global history of the medium.

Re Present includes a historical section of nineteenth century photographs with examples of both colonial and vernacular forms of photography, including work by major artists including Samuel Bourne, Raja Deen Dayal and Linneaus Tripe, as well as work by many unknown or unnamed studio photographers. The second part of the exhibition features the work of several contemporary artists who use historical images or well-known compositions of visual iconography as the basis for their contemporary interventions. By re-presenting and subtly manipulating imagery that at first appears familiar, these artists insert the past into the present moment in a way that challenges long-held assumptions about photography’s capacity for accuracy and truth.

In addition to featuring the work of artists from South Asia, Re Present includes work by artists of South Asian heritage who live in the diaspora, including South Asian-Canadian artists, who use photography to reflect on themes of migration and relocation. The exhibition includes an interactive educational space highlighting the history of South Asian communities in British Columbia and the importance of photographic records in the immigrant experience.

This exhibition has an accompanying publication available here.
Alexander Gorlizki and Riyaz Uddin Studio
Quorum, 2008
opaque watercolour and gold on inkjet digital print
31.5 x 27 cm
On loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, this acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the South Asia Acquisition and Research Fund, 2009.11.2
Image used with permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM
Curated by Adrienne Fast, Interim Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Generously sponsored by PACART, and Nandi's Flavours of India
View images of the exhibition here.
Gary Pearson
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January 13 to March 18, 2018
Touring
Two works by Gary Pearson – Under the Blue Palms, 2005 and When I get to Baton Rouge, 2005 – are on loan to the Kelowna Art Gallery for inclusion in the major solo exhibition Gary Pearson: Short Fictions. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue co-published with Black Dog Publishing, and includes essays on Pearson’s work by Aasron Peck, Michael Turner and curator Liz Wylie, as well as a transcript of an interview with the artist by writer and curator Ihor Holubizky.
Gary Pearson, When I Get to Baton Rouge, 2005, oil and oil enamel on canvas, 198.5 x 167.5 cm, Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Purchased with financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, Photo: Cory Hope, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
January 13 to March 24, 2018
The Cube
Garnet Dirksen
Garnet Dirksen works in photography, opting to shoot with film for its attachment to a
history of documentary photography. He looks at shifts in trade and industry, their effects on local economies and the human element within built environments. Having grown up in Merritt, BC, Dirksen has documented the effects of economic downturn and the closing of resource-based industries and their impact on workers, residents and associated businesses. He seeks out work spaces altered by labourers with their own personalized touch and the emptiness of spaces in the absence of them.

Currently residing in Montreal, QC, Dirksen explores the fur industry in the city after a decline in the 1990s and 2000s. He documents retail spaces, workshops, processing spaces and storage revealing a human element of those involved in the industry today. While it’s true there has been a recent resurgence in the market for fur, increased global competition and cheaper labour abroad have forced many of Montreal’s traditional furriers out of business. Dirksen looks at the changing industry through personal touches of workers within utilitarian spaces. The images show present-day working places and consider how inseparable this industry is from its role in the history of Canada. The images ask the viewer to question the relevance of this industry in contemporary terms and revisit its historical significance.
Garnet Dirksen
Hercules’ Wife, 2017
chromogenic print
dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the Artist
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.
A.Y. Jackson
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November 11, 2017 to February 26, 2018
Touring
Three works by the Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson are on loan from our collection to the Audain Art Museum in Whistler for the exhibition Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape. Curated by Darrin Martens in recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the exhibition explores how Canadian artists have interacted with the monumentality and vastness of mountain vistas over time. With over 100 objects on loan from 20 different public and private collections, Stone and Sky is the largest and most comprehensive art historical project that the Audain Art Museum has thus far undertaken; the exhibition is also accompanied by a book with essays by Martens, Roger Boulet and Lisa Christianson. The KAG was delighted to lend South of Razor Mt, BC, 1914; Mount Paul, Kamloops, BC, 1945; and Five Mile Glacier, Mt. Robson, 1914
for inclusion in the exhibition.
A.Y. Jackson, South of Razor Mt., B.C., 1914, oil on panel, 21.7 x 27 cm, Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, Gift of E.F. Anthony Merchant, © Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Photo: Cory Hope, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.

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