Stacks and Piles: Recent Work by Wanda Lock

November 1, 2008 to January 4, 2009

The Curatorial and Public Programming departments at the Kelowna Art Gallery have collaborated to invite Okanagan Valley-based artist Wanda Lock, to install recent work in the Reynolds Gallery, and add to this installation through a short residency in the Scotiabank Studio. The artist will be exhibiting paintings on canvas and paper that incorporate elements of text (which the artist thinks of as voices) along with her hallmark strong colour and fanciful imagery. As well, Lock will install a concurrent series of works on paper that began as scans from old readers, featuring the familiar characters of Dick, Jane and Sally, with their pets and parents. These have been happily reworked by the artist in a rather transgressive and deconstructive manner.

Although these bodies of work are separate enterprises by the artist, they connect at certain levels and in specific ways, and often the themes revolve around the same issues, for example, communication: does anyone really ever understand something someone else says?

Wanda Lock currently lives in Lake Country (Okanagan Centre) and grew up in nearby Oyama. She holds a four-year diploma in studio art from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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