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Wanda Lock, Untitled

Wanda Lock, Untitled (2008), mixed-media work on paper [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Nov 1-Jan 4]

Wanda Lock: Stacks and Piles

Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna BC – Nov 1, 2008–Jan 4, 2009

Wanda Lock, Hover

Wanda Lock, Hover, 2008 oil on canvas [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Nov 1-Jan 4]

Okanagan Valley-based artist Wanda Lock is exhibiting paintings on canvas and paper using elements of text, strong colours and fanciful imagery. In a concurrent series of work on paper, she has scanned pages from 1950s primary school readers featuring Dick, Jane, Sally, their pets and parents, and reworked them in what is described as "a rather transgressive and deconstructive manner."

Lock employs a variety of such mediums as graphite, oil, pastel and acrylic on paper, board and canvas in her exploration of themes about speech, text and communication. Lock's "whimsical and ambiguous" images incorporate passages of text written in a cursive longhand, and appear almost autobiographical in nature. Her conceptual direction is reminiscent of the early 1960s cartoon-based images of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that have been described as "...visually capturing brief moments and arresting them in time with accompanying text."

Lock graduated in 1992 from Emily Carr College of Art and Design with a studio major in painting. She currently lives in Lake Country (Okanagan Centre). Beginning in November, Lock will be working in residence at the Scotiabank studio. During this time the Kelowna Art Gallery is hosting a Family Sundays program with Lock entitled Drawing with Words, as well as an acrylic painting class for adults.


Mia Johnson

 Sat, Nov 8, 2008