Immersive installations on view at Kelowna Art Gallery
Installation works by Gisele Amantea, Yael Brotman, Libby Hague, and Laura Vickerson
February 4 to April 16, 2017
A new exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery entitled Fabrications features work by four women artists who are from different regions of Canada, but all of whom work in installation. A common thread among them is the physically demanding and labour-intensive processes each artist undertakes to construct their pieces.
Viewers will no doubt feel immersed in the enveloping quality of these installations, each one of which reflects a completely different sensibility. For example, Laura Vickerson’s installation entitled Air, invites visitors to remove their footwear and lie below a sea of cream-coloured semi-transparent articles of used clothing that have been sewn together and suspended nearly 10 feet above the Gallery’s floor. Libby Hague’s installation entitled Habitat may give viewers the impression of a wall-sized graphic novel. One portion of Hague’s installation appears to offer a glimpse at the messy lives, thoughts, and feelings of the inhabitants of an apartment complex. Gisele Amantea’s work entitled Remember the Ladies uses the medium of flocking, which results in a rich velvety surface for her enormous text piece that wraps around three 14-feet-high walls. Yael Brotman’s installation entitled Mountains dance like rams includes intriguing geometrically-shaped sculptures, some of which stand on tall spindly-looking tables that were custom made, while others are clustered together to form a mountain in one corner.
These four senior artists have created distinctive spaces for visitors to explore and discover.
A fully illustrated, 48-page catalogue, which includes an essay by curator, Liz Wylie, and a text by guest essayist, independent curator and writer Diana Sherlock, from Calgary, has been produced to coincide with the exhibition.
Fabrications is on view until April 16, 2017.
The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in downtown Kelowna. For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or call 250-762-2226.