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Mitch Mitchell, Midnight’s Well of Giants

Mitch Mitchell, Midnight’s Well of Giants (2009), photogravure, photo lithography, chine collé [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 31-Jun 17] Photo: Yuri Akuney, Digital Imaging Plus

Okanagan Print Triennial 2012

Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna BC – Mar 31-Jun 17, 2012

Liz Ingram, Invasion III

Liz Ingram, Invasion III (2011), digital and drypoint[Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 31-Jun 17] Photo: Yuri Akuney, Digital Imaging Plus

Ericka Walker, Initiative

Ericka Walker, Initiative (2010), multi-colour lithograph [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 31-Jun 17] Photo: Yuri Akuney, Digital Imaging Plus

The Okanagan Print Triennial (OPT) was launched in Vernon, BC in 2009. The exhibit is an open, juried show dedicated to showcasing creative forays into printmaking in Canada and beyond. The group show, a collaboration of the Kelowna Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the Vernon Public Art Gallery, will alternate locations between Vernon and Kelowna every three years. The winner of each previous triennial is offered a solo show at the other gallery during the following triennial.

For the 2012 exhibit, a call for submissions went out to artists across North, Central and South America. The work of 20 printmakers, including Derek Michael Besant, Mark Bovey, Liz Ingram, Mitch Mitchell and Erica Walker, was selected by organizers Lubos Culen, Briar Craig and Liz Wylie. Artist Mitch Mitchell, whose work employs notions of scale, verisimilitude and iconography, was chosen as the printmaker to win a solo show in Kelowna in 2015.

During the current OPT in Kelowna, Regina artist Robert Truszkowski, winner of the OPT in 2009, will simultaneously exhibit a solo show entitled Penance in Vernon. Truszkowski’s most recent work is heavily invested in analytical thinking and involves the extensive use of computer imaging software combined with traditional photography. Aluminum etching, Imagon intaglio, ultra-violet waterbased silkscreening as well as inkjet printing are integral to his work. The Vernon exhibit has four thematic categories: The Technological Reference, The Text, The Math, and The Receipt. Many of his images depict multi-sided, hyper-coloured polyhedrons, bus tickets, playing cards, sheet music, halftone screens and beat-up book dust-jackets.

Mia Johnson







Saskia Jetten, Passing 1

Saskia Jetten, Passing 1 (2011), stone lithography and woodcut on silk and cotton, fibre fill [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 31-Jun 17]


 Thu, Apr 5, 2012