The Poetics of Space

The Poetics of Space

Saturday April 14, 2018  to Saturday June 30, 2018
Kamloops Art Gallery

Central Gallery

  • Barbara Astman
  • Maxwell Bates
  • Rebecca Belmore
  • B.C. Binning
  • Lee Bontecou
  • Bertram Brooker
  • Karin Bubaš
  • Arabella Campbell
  • Emily Carr
  • Ian Carr-Harris
  • Share Corsault
  • Christos Dikeakos
  • Michael Drebert
  • Lawren Harris
  • Owen Kydd
  • Beatrice Lennie
  • Landon MacKenzie
  • Myfanwy MacLeod
  • Scott McFarland
  • Jason McLean
  • Alex Morrison
  • Ben Nicholson
  • James Nizam
  • Dennis A. Oppenheim
  • Annie Pootoogook
  • Richard Prince
  • Pudlo Pudlat
  • Kyohei Sakaguchi
  • Abraham Rattner
  • Reece Terris
  • Ron Tran
  • Renée Van Halm
  • William Vazan
  • The Poetics of Space he writes particularly about the home, where as children we have our first momentous encounters of space. Drawing inspiration from this, the second section of the exhibition introduces elements of intimacy and memory, featuring works about houses and homes that impart their mysteries, histories or, in some cases, the abuses that lie within.

    The third and final section of the exhibition features works in which the artists have conceptualized space in non-traditional ways, mapping it according to their own purposes or acknowledging its layered socio-cultural histories. These artists use various methods to map or define space – some through performative actions, others through investigations of social use, and still others through depictions of signs that register spatial borders. In its totality, The Poetics of Space offers myriad ways to consider how we experience, create and contain space, perhaps in order to save ourselves from its infinity.

    The Poetics of Space is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator Emerita and Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery. Across the Province is generously supported by the Killy Foundation.

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    City Centre
    Kamloops Art Gallery 1

    101 - 465 Victoria Street,
    Kamloops, BC,
    V2C 2A9

    The Kamloops Art Gallery is a registered charity and not-for-profit society.

    Incorporated in 1978, the Kamloops Art Gallery serves residents of and visitors to Kamloops (pop. 82,000) and the surrounding Thompson-Nicola Regional District (pop. 124,000) as well as national and international audiences.

    In 1998, the KAG moved to a purpose-built civic building, designed by award-winning architects Peter Cardew and Nigel Baldwin, which also houses the Thompson-Nicola Regional District offices and the Kamloops branch of the TNRD Library System. The 20,853 square foot Gallery includes 4,500 square feet of exhibition space, an admissions/store area, two multipurpose studio/workshop/lecture rooms, a packing and acclimatization area, the collection storage vault with an adjoining workroom and, on a mezzanine above, administration and curatorial offices along with a research library. In 2006, the KAG was designated a Category “A” institution under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

    The Gallery’s annual attendance has ranged between 24,000 and 37,000 over the last five years. It enjoys a national reputation for its touring exhibitions and publications and has developed relationships with national and international artists, curators, critics and scholars. The KAG is also well respected for its exhibitions, events and educational and public programs through activities organized and presented in the community and region involving both contemporary and historical art. Its collection as of December 2012 consists of 2,700 works that primarily reflect the Gallery’s exhibition history. In 2005, the KAG co-commissioned with the University of British Columbia’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Canada’s participation in the 51st Venice Biennale with the work of Rebecca Belmore.

    Governed by a Board of Trustees, the KAG maintains an effective organizational structure that includes a Management Team led by the executive director, a Program Team led by the curator and a Development Team led by the manager of operations. Teams meet monthly to report, evaluate, problem solve and plan.


    The Kamloops Art Gallery brings art, artists and communities together.


    The Kamloops Art Gallery is the principal gallery in the Southern Interior of British Columbia supporting contemporary and historical visual arts and practices on a local, national and international level. The KAG acknowledges art to be an essential part of the human experience in nurturing a healthy society. As a leading cultural institution, the KAG is an integral part of the fabric that draws intellectual, social and economic opportunities to our province and to our region.

    The Kamloops Art Gallery fosters enjoyment of and interest in the visual arts by researching, developing and producing exhibitions, publications and programs that engage, challenge and inform its various audiences. The Gallery also oversees the development and preservation of a permanent collection that includes regional, national and international art in all media. It also strives to create rewarding opportunities for visual arts professionals and the public.

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    • Committed to art, artists and audiences
    • Collaborative, respectful and ethical
    • Tolerant, inclusive and diverse
    • Relevant to local and regional communities
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