VERNON PUBLIC ART GALLERY, Vernon BC – To May 19
by Michael Turner
Launched in 2009 as a national juried exhibition, the Okanagan Print Triennial most recently received 680 submissions from 101 artists. The jury selected works by 28 artists from 15 countries and, as in past years, the winning entrant will be offered a solo show at an Okanagan gallery. In keeping with the print triennial’s efforts to promote the “variety and vitality” of the medium, exhibited works range from the traditional to the experimental, including methods such as screen printing, intaglio, relief printing, lithography and more.
Now a highlight of the Okanagan’s spring arts season, the triennial is as much a story of institutional and community collaboration as it is a celebration of the art of image production. Instigated and shepherded by Kelowna-based artist Briar Craig, the OPT is a joint project of UBC Okanagan (where Craig teaches in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Vernon Public Art Gallery, which hosted the fi rst exhibition and is also hosting this one.
Included in the exhibition are works by Alberto Balletti (Italy), Lene Bennike (Denmark), Derek Besant (Canada), Victoria Bilogan (Australia), Pawel Binczycki (Poland), Snezhina Biserova (Bulgaria), Silvana Blasbalg (Argentina), Mark Bovey (Canada), Bret Brouwer (Netherlands), Monika Brzegowska (Poland), Sean Caufield (Canada), Luke Johnson (Canada), Tomasz Kukawski (Poland), Guy Langevin (Canada), Tomasz Matszak (Poland), Nils-Erik Mattson (Sweden), Yangbin Park (South Korea), Endi Poskovic (USA), Mikhail Pogarsky (Russia), Sevdalina Prodanova (Bulgaria), Jaco Putker (Netherlands), Marzieh Rahmani (Canada), Anna Trojanowski (Poland), Cleo Wilkinson (Australia), Ulrich J. Wol (Germany), Fumio Yamaguchi (Japan), Nanako Yoshikawa (Japan) and Piotr Zaczek (Poland).
Virtual artist talks scheduled throughout exhibition