Laurel Terlesky & Teresa Ascencao

Laurel Terlesky & Teresa Ascencao

Saturday March 24, 2018  to Saturday April 28, 2018
Arnica Artist Run Centre

Laurel Terlesky

How does our flesh hold a memory of someone? To touch and be touched momentarily ruptures the boundary between our internal and external sense of space.

Hallowed Winds (2015) is a participatory audio installation that offers stories about the memory of touch that ride on breath and wind, evoking the deeply felt nature of relationships. This installation stems from artist Laurel Terlesky’s concern for how interpersonal communication is affected by current social screen-based technologies, and draws upon her recent research efforts to explore the intersubjectivity of touch and tacit knowledge. For Terlesky, digital tools such as iPhones, FaceTime, and Facebook promote communication across distances by bringing people closer in a way, but often with limited connectivity to implicit body awareness.

Terlesky’s creative practice explores body language and interpersonal communication by encouraging participants to interact with objects, sounds, and other people who are also experiencing the artwork. Thus, the audience is an essential part of Hallowed Winds. Through methods that reveal the felt experience of the body, activated by audio narratives, this project promotes a dialogue between participants and the materials.

Teresa Ascencao

The Laundry Series, utilizes clothing and my own body as its primary subjects. The works are personal struggles with clothing that expand my investigations beyond gender and sexuality, into explorations of identity as related to poverty, capitalism and “Otherness.” The Laundry Series is expressed as ritualized acts and sculptural forms through the mediums of photography and video, and first-time performance artworks.

Teresa Ascencao will be performing for Arnica on April 6th.

Location Information: Arnica Artist Run Centre

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City Centre
Arnica Artist Run Centre

7 West Seymour Street,
Kamloops, BC,

nvironment for emerging contemporary artists. Arnica received charitable status in 2008 and is part of a Canada-wide network of artist run centres.

Arnica provides exhibition space for contemporary art that is dynamic, innovative and thoughtful. It also serves as a space for artists to research and develop new work and helps emerging artists in our city, adding to the cultural mix of Kamloops.

Artist Run Centres (ARCs) emerged in the early 1970’s in several Canadian cities.

These venues developed as a response to a lack of appropriate exhibition spaces for artists whose priorities were non-commercial, and were considered too early in their careers to exhibit in institutional or public galleries.

ARCs are not-for-profit societies and are often charitable organizations. They are typically managed by one or more staff and have a Board of Directors comprised mainly of practicing artists. Those ARCs that formed in the 1970’s have access to an operating grant from Canada Council specific to Artist Run Centres. However, this grant is finite, so ARCs that formed in the 1990’s or later survive through application to project grant after project grant.

The underlying premise of Artist-Run Centres is that artists are given creative control of their work rather than being constrained by the demands of the commercial market. Therefore, the work tends to be more experimental and diverse.

Visitors often find the work they encounter in ARCs to be outside the conventional definitions of what art can and should be.