Double Opening Reception: Fern Helfand & Mat Glenn

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Date(s) - 8 Jan 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art


To ring in the new year, the Alternator is proud to open two shows Friday January 8th, 2016! This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

Fern Helfand, Neon Kohkom, Tannis Nielsen & Samuel Roy-Bois
A young Caucasian boy’s cheeks are streaked with war paint as he proudly dons a feathered Indigenous war bonnet. A little girl’s face is colored black with chocolate Quik powder, and a black-skinned inflatable “Hug-a-Bug” doll dangles from her hand. This image from Helfand’s childhood lies at the axis of the exhibition. Issues of cultural appropriation, stereotyping, racism and privilege aim to challenge the viewer and to prompt them to think about how they too might be implicated no matter how innocent their actions might be.

Mathew Glenn
Inspired by a Japanese philosophy of beauty that values the aesthetics of weathered and flawed materials, Neglect pays homage to the unappreciated. With this investigation of neglected objects, Glenn seeks to challenge the way we look at others, as well as ourselves.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of our creative community.

Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists and helped develop the talents of local artists by providing a network of collaboration and sharing.

We foster energetic, creative, critical discussion on art & culture.

We believe in the greater positive potential of our creative community and value our role as key contributors to the cultural life of Kelowna and beyond.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is run by the Okanagan Artists Alternative Association.
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