KAG: AstralSat September 17, 2022 to Sat December 31, 2022
Kamloops Art Gallery (465 Victoria St #101, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9, Canada)
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Curated by Craig Willms
This exhibition shares work by a recent graduate from Thompson Rivers University (TRU), as part of the Gallery’s annual partnership with TRU’s Visual Arts department. Selected by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery, each year this exhibition highlights an emerging artist from TRU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduating class, giving the artist an opportunity to work with a professional curator to create new work for a professional exhibition space outside the context of school. This year the work of Autumn Christopher is presented.
In Astral, Autumn Christopher uses digital media to explore lucid dreams and astral projection. Christopher’s final BFA project initiated an exploration of astral projection, which is understood as an out-of-body experience of subconscious travel. The artwork resulting from these explorations has included paintings, digitally rendered images and animation that capture moments and segments of his lucid dreams. Citing Robert Monroe’s Journeys Out of the Body and using a dream journal, Christopher recreates his subconscious experiences through vivid and surreal animation and digital imagery.
Through this project Christopher incorporates elements from Japanese anime and science fiction, found audio, and point-of-view imagery to immerse the viewer in the experience of his astral projections. His animations tie together multiple dreams and lucid moments with out-of-body recollections to share an embodied exploration of astral projection. In turn, Christopher’s work creates an experience for the viewer to consider the possibilities of travel in other levels of consciousness.
Autumn Christopher (Secwepémc and Nlaka’pamux) was born and currently resides in Kamloops. Christopher received his BFA form TRU in 2022. He is currently working on a mural for the old Fortune Motel in Kamloops on behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
About Kamloops Art Gallery
The Kamloops Art Gallery is a registered charity and not-for-profit society.
Incorporated in 1978, the Kamloops Art Gallery serves residents of and visitors to Kamloops (pop. 82,000) and the surrounding Thompson-Nicola Regional District (pop. 124,000) as well as national and international audiences.
In 1998, the KAG moved to a purpose-built civic building, designed by award-winning architects Peter Cardew and Nigel Baldwin, which also houses the Thompson-Nicola Regional District offices and the Kamloops branch of the TNRD Library System. The 20,853 square foot Gallery includes 4,500 square feet of exhibition space, an admissions/store area, two multipurpose studio/workshop/lecture rooms, a packing and acclimatization area, the collection storage vault with an adjoining workroom and, on a mezzanine above, administration and curatorial offices along with a research library. In 2006, the KAG was designated a Category “A” institution under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.
The Gallery’s annual attendance has ranged between 24,000 and 37,000 over the last five years. It enjoys a national reputation for its touring exhibitions and publications and has developed relationships with national and international artists, curators, critics and scholars. The KAG is also well respected for its exhibitions, events and educational and public programs through activities organized and presented in the community and region involving both contemporary and historical art. Its collection as of December 2012 consists of 2,700 works that primarily reflect the Gallery’s exhibition history. In 2005, the KAG co-commissioned with the University of British Columbia’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Canada’s participation in the 51st Venice Biennale with the work of Rebecca Belmore.
Governed by a Board of Trustees, the KAG maintains an effective organizational structure that includes a Management Team led by the executive director, a Program Team led by the curator and a Development Team led by the manager of operations. Teams meet monthly to report, evaluate, problem solve and plan.
The Kamloops Art Gallery brings art, artists and communities together.
The Kamloops Art Gallery is the principal gallery in the Southern Interior of British Columbia supporting contemporary and historical visual arts and practices on a local, national and international level. The KAG acknowledges art to be an essential part of the human experience in nurturing a healthy society. As a leading cultural institution, the KAG is an integral part of the fabric that draws intellectual, social and economic opportunities to our province and to our region.
The Kamloops Art Gallery fosters enjoyment of and interest in the visual arts by researching, developing and producing exhibitions, publications and programs that engage, challenge and inform its various audiences. The Gallery also oversees the development and preservation of a permanent collection that includes regional, national and international art in all media. It also strives to create rewarding opportunities for visual arts professionals and the public.
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