Thursday, January 19, 2017

Carl Beam (1943-2005)



UBC Okanagan has two dozen Carl Beam artworks in its Public Art Collection. Although their titles vary, each "item" is represented (online) by the same white text against the same grey background.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FINA Gallery, UBCO



The FINA Gallery at UBCO's FCCS Building exhibits student work and work from the university collection. What I like best about the gallery is that the exhibitions change quickly.

The current show is a printmaking show. The picture above is entitled Monster of the Earth (2007) and the artist is Caitlin.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Visiting Speaker



Yesterday ECUAD Associate Professor Patrik Andersson gave a talk at the UNC on a Rodney Graham exhibition he is curating at Canada House this spring. Entitled Rodney Graham Impressionist, the exhibition will focus on Rodney's interest in printed matter, both in form and in content.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pictures at an Exhibition



I left Woodhaven early yesterday to visit Katherine Pickering's recently opened exhibition (see detail below) en route to Ranchero Jungen. I did not know that the Vernon Public Art Gallery has four discrete exhibition spaces.


The sandwich board in front of the VPAG was made by Carmen, a young artist and VPAG gallery attendant who recently returned to the Okanagan after completing a BFA at OCAD. Not sure which of Katherine's sculpture paintings Carmen recreated on her sandwich board, but her Nicole Young drawing is clearly based on this one:


Also included at the VPAG is a group exhibition entitled Water: the Sacred Relationship by the Kama? Creative Aboriginal Arts Collective, which includes works by UBCO FCCS MFA classmates Mariel Belanger (see below) and Cori Derickson.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Waiting Room



I have maybe six answers to the question that begins Do you remember where you were when...? To the one that ends ...during the 2016 U.S. Election? the answer is the Kal-Tire waiting room on Kelowna's Leckie Road.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Haruko's Sprinkles



Last summer, after curing Evan of a nasty rash on his leg, Haruka contributed a couple dishes to our group dinner, one of which was a version of goma-ae that I had over rice and remains the best thing I have ever tasted.

After dinner I asked Haruko for the recipe and she said, Oh, I'll just send you some one day.

A few weeks ago Haruko contacted me by email and asked for my mailing address. She said she had something to send me.

Yesterday a package arrived, perfectly packed, with just enough tape to keep it from opening. Inside were four glass jars. Organic pickled sunchokes, organic green tomato pickles, curried green tomato pickles and of course her goma-ae, which she calls Haruko's Sprinkles, with its ingredients -- not its measurements -- on the label.