The Alternator’s 2017 Not-so-Silent Auction is back with artworks available for bid from some of the Okanagan’s top artists, including Kelsie BalehowskyConnor Charlesworth, Briar Craig, Emily Geen, Lucas Glenn, Fern Helfand, Heather Leier, Wanda Lock, Patrick Lundeen, Mary Smith McCulloch, Andreas Rutkauskas, Gary Pearson, Crystal Przybille and Sage Sidley.

Call the gallery at 250-868-2298 to place your bid for works in the Not-so-Silent Auction by Saturday November 25th by 5:00 pm and be entered to win Patrick Lundeen’s Heya Sweetie (2012).

Heya Sweetie (2012), Acrylic on Mad Magazine. 14.5″ x 11.5″ framed

 

All proceeds from the Not-so-Silent Auction directly support innovative programming at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.


KELSIE BALEHOWSKY & LUCAS GLENN CO.
Everything Changes  (2014) Digital Print
22″ x 32″

Kelsie Balehowsky is a Canadian visual artist living and working in unceded Okanagan First Nation territory. She is a graduate of the BFA program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and is currently the Education Coordinator at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Kelsie’s work primarily explores ideas of the uncanny through a lens-based studio practice and digital assembly.

Lucas Glenn is an artist based in Kelowna, BC, and a recent graduate of UBC Okanagan’s BFA program. Glenn uses found photos, footage, and text to explore masculine identity and power in online and mainstream media. He attributes his process to Bauhaus design as much as absurdist digital collage.

Everything Changes is from the series Collective Isolation, a collaborative body of work created by Kelsie Balehowsky and Lucan Glenn Co. The series was first exhibited at the Alternator in 2015 and incorporates Balehowsky’s photography and Glenn’s typography, exploring the emotional, rhetorical, and personal connections that music can have with an audience. Just under ten images, varying in intensity and subject matter, refer to their own interpretive processes and at the same time express conundrums of personal truth and authorship.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $150
BUY IT NOW PRICE $115



CONNOR CHARLESWORTH
Nightwalker No.1 (2016)
14″ x 11″

Connor Charlesworth is a Canadian contemporary visual artist currently based in Victoria, BC. From the Okanagan Valley, he completed his BFA at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC (2015) and is currently a MFA candidate at the University of Victoria. He has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and exhibited in student exhibitions abroad in Bulgaria and Egypt. His work primarily looks into the painted image as it relates to ideas surrounding place and atemporality.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $475
BUY IT NOW PRICE $350

CURRENT BID: $100



BRIAR CRAIG
Two Cats in the Yard (2011)  Ultra-violet screen print
17″ x 12.5″ framed

Briar Craig received a BFA in printmaking from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada in 1984 and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada in 1987.

Starting in 2009, he initiated and co-organized the Okanagan Print Triennial in conjunction with the Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Kelowna Art Gallery.  From OPT 2015 onward the exhibition has been fully international.  His work has been exhibited around the world in over twenty-five solo and over two-hundred and fifty group exhibitions.  Works are held in the permanent collections of the International Print Triennial Association in Krakow, Poland; the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana; the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; the Japan Print Association, Yokohama, Japan; Guanlan International Print biennial, Guanlan, China; Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malasia; etc.

His prints have been awarded a number of prizes:  the Stand Out Prize at Stand Out Prints 2016 at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking (Minneapolis, MN); Merit Award Winner, America’s 2014 all media exhibition (Minot, ND); the Juror’s Selected prize at the 2013 North American Print Biennial (Boston MA); Honorable Mention at the Pacific Rim International print Exhibition 2013 (Christchurch, New Zealand); 2nd Prize at Imprima 2012 (Sobral, Brazil); 2nd Prize Winner (one of his students achieve first prize) at the Open Studio Canadian Printmaking Awards (Toronto, Canada) and Special Prize Winner at the 1st International Print and Painting Biennial 2008 (Istanbul, Turkey).

FAIR MARKET VALUE $450
BUY IT NOW PRICE $340

CURRENT BID: $100


Emily Geen


EMILY GEEN
Volkspark (2017) Inkjet print of scanned 35mm colour negatives
17.5″ x 24″ 

This print was produced from a recent series of 35mm colour photographs shot on a toy plastic camera during an artist residency in Berlin this spring. This camera has very limited exposure controls, allowing for multiple exposures and unpredictable results. These characteristics, in tandem with its plastic lens, create soft, bright images, which often obscure the subject matter. The camera functioned as a form of experiential “note-taking” during my residency as I worked on video projects focused on urban experience and Berlin’s architectural history. 

Emily Geen works between photography, sculpture, installation, and video and is currently based in Victoria, BC. Originally from Lake Country, BC, Emily completed her BFA at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (2012), followed by her MFA at the University of Victoria (2015). Her work has recently been exhibited at Gallery 44 (Toronto), Gallery 295 (Vancouver) and in the inaugural Lind Prize Exhibition (Presentation House Gallery – Vancouver). She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre (2016) and at MOMENTUM Worldwide in Berlin (2017). Emily also teaches photography sessionally at the University of Victoria.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $250



LUCAS GLENN CO.
Self-Composed (2013) Collage
62″ x 12″ framed

Lucas Glenn is an artist based in Kelowna, BC, and a recent graduate of UBC Okanagan’s BFA program. Glenn uses found photos, footage, and text to explore masculine identity and power in online and mainstream media. He attributes his process to Bauhaus design as much as absurdist digital collage.

 Installations have been shown at the Alternator, the Lake Country Art Gallery, the Vernon Art Gallery, ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art. Glenn has held past artist-in-residencies with the Alternator’s Studio 111, and Island Mountain Arts’ Toni Onley Artist Project.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $725
BUY IT NOW PRICE $550



FERN HELFAND
Partial Eclipse of the Sun (2017) Digital print
21″ x 27.5″ framed

Fern Helfand is a photo-based artist, teacher and researcher whose work most often reflects and comments on the environments and cultures in which she has lived, worked and traveled.  She received an Honours BA in Studio Art from York University and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Florida. Fern has held fulltime positions teaching Photography at Western University in London, Ontario, the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang Malaysia and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Studies at UBCO in Kelowna.

Fern has exhibited her work across Canada and internationally in such places as the Photography Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, The National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba, Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, Ontario, Museum London, London Ontario and at the Annual Festival of Photography in Kaunas, Lithuania.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $1075
BUY IT NOW PRICE $800

CURRENT BID: $150


HEATHER LEIER
23″ x 15.5″
Heather Leier is an artist and Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She completed her BFA in 2012 from the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2016. She has exhibited widely in BC, Alberta, and internationally; including printmaking exhibitions in China, Japan, Taiwan, Poland, Bulgaria and the USA. Her artistic research focuses on social constructions of life stages, contemporary implementations of print media, installation, and social art making practices. She spends the majority of her time sponging lithography stones and trouble-shooting print-predicaments while overlooking The Bay of Islands at the Grenfell campus printmaking studio. 
BUY IT NOW PRICE $ 225

WANDA LOCK
Landscapes from the Lab: You with Me (2017) Acrylic on canvas
40″ x 27.5″ framed

‘When I was a child every once in a while I would come across a dead animal, usually a bird , sometimes a mouse or other small rodent.  After looking, observing and contemplating the quietness and beauty of the deceased creature, a few quick impromptu words would be said and I would bury the critter. A week or so later I would return to the burial sight and dig up the now decomposed body. I search the earth with anticipation, curiosity and uneasiness, much like my art making process in the studio. The world that one discovers when digging through the earth goes beyond the initial beauty of the dead creature, it reveals a world that talks about decay and nature and the cycle of life…and provides a a far more deeper understanding of the subject and it’s surroundings. This is what art can do, or, in my opinion, what art should do’.

Wanda Lock was born in Oliver, British Columbia in 1969. In 1989 she enrolled into the Fine Arts Diploma program at Okanagan College before transferring to Emily Carr College of Art & Design where she graduated in 1992 with a studio major in painting. Lock returned to the Okanagan in 1992, and since then she has had numerous exhibitions throughout the Okanagan and beyond.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $680
BUY IT NOW PRICE $500

CURRENT BID: $200


PATRICK LUNDEEN
Mad Mask Painting “Moe Howard” (2012) Acrylic on Mad Magazine
14.5″ x 11.5″ framed

‘These paintings are part of a series of paintings that I did on the inside back covers of vintage Mad Magazines. These “Fold-in” pages were invented in 1964 by Mad Magazine artist Al Jaffee, who continues to write and illustrate them today.‘

Patrick Lundeen is an artist, musician and educator from Lethbridge, Alberta. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Glasgow School of Art, and received his MFA from Concordia University. Selected solo exhibitions include: Mike Weiss Gallery (NYC), Threewalls (Chicago), Confederation Centre (Charlottetown), Wetterling Gallery (Stockholm), Katherine Mulherin (Toronto), Push and Galerie Joyce Yahouda (Montreal), Stride Gallery (Calgary), AKA (Saskatoon), L’Oeil de Poisson (Quebec) and the Grenfell Campus Art Gallery (Cornerbrook).

FAIR MARKET VALUE $850
BUY IT NOW PRICE $635

CURRENT BID: $120


MARY SMITH MCCULLOCH
Glenmore Pear Trees (2016) Etching
12.5″ x 13.5 framed

Mary Smith McCulloch, Professor Emeritus, UBC Okanagan, was born in Ardrishaig, Argyll, Scotland. She was educated at Glasgow School of Art and immigrated to Canada in 1967. From 1973 until her retirement in May 2000, Mary was a professor of Fine Arts at Okanagan University College. Mary has exhibited extensively in Canada and Scotland and has participated in numerous printmaking biennial and triennial exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands, India, Slovenia, Poland and Germany. Mary has her work in various public collections in Canada and Great Britain.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $260
BUY IT NOW PRICE $195

CURRENT BID: $125


ANDREAS RUTKAUKAS
Garden River First Nation (2015) Digital print
22″ x 26″

Andreas Rutkauskas’ work focuses on landscapes that have been affected by technology. This may refer to physical alteration of a landscape, or the psychological effects of such changes. Relying principally on photography, he incorporates other media such as video into his research in order to provide the viewer with a more holistic perspective.

He has contributed to national and international exhibitions including Between Friends, Canadian Photography Institute at the National Gallery of Canada (2017), The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada (2016); Field Work, OSLO 8 Contemporary Photography in Basel, Switzerland (2015); and Encounters at the Edge of the Forest, Gallery 400, Chicago, USA (2014).

Garden River First Nation is a photograph from the artist’s 2015 series Borderline. Rutkauskas’ pictures stand in contrast to our collective imagination surrounding the term “border,” which conjures up imagery of more heavily militarized zones of separation such as Israel’s Green Line, the Indo-Pakistani Line of Control, or the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea. Conversations surrounding Canada’s land border characteristically involve the United States, however this boundary rubs up against or bisects a number of traditional, unceded, and sovereign First Nations territories. Walpole Island, Akwesasne, and Garden River are three communities in the East that have historically managed cooperation between traditional and elected governments on both sides of the international border.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $1000
BUY IT NOW PRICE $750

CURRENT BID: $250


GARY PEARSON
My Place: The Origins of the Romantic Sensibility (2017)
20″ x 15″

Gary Pearson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. He received his M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and his B.F.A. from the University of Victoria. Pearson is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting and video. He has been exhibiting internationally since 1983. His work in video includes experimental and documentary genres. He is also an author who has written for several art journals including Border Crossings and Sculpture Magazine. He is the recipient of the International Studio Award at P.S.1/MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) New York and the 1991 VIVA award.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $680
BUY IT NOW PRICE $500

CURRENT BID: $125


CRYSTAL PRZYBILLE
Three-legged Girl (2001) Mixed media
15″ x 12″

Crystal Przybille was born in Vernon, BC. She has participated in national and international artist residencies and received several grants and awards for her work, including BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Okanagan Arts Award for Visual Art.

Over the past 8 years she has been working in the realm of public art, creating works including “The Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Commemorative Sculpture” and The City of Victoria’s 150th Commemorative Artwork: “The Hands of Time”. She is currently pursuing her MFA at UBCO, as well as working on a sculpture commission from Westbank First Nation of Chief Sookinchute. Her research for her public works has brought her to applying her art practice to raising awareness about Settler/Indigenous relations in Canada, including through the collaborative initiative: Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth.

FAIR MARKET VALUE $400
BUY IT NOW PRICE $300


SAGE SIDLEY
PB&J (2017) Ink on Paper
12.5 x 16.5 framed

Originally from Rossland B.C., Sidley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from U.B.C. Okanagan with a major in visual arts and a minor in mathematics. Presently, she works with the ideas of place and time in connection with portraiture and site-specific drawings. Her work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows in Kelowna B.C., including, Drawing from Life, at the Kelowna Art Gallery. One of her drawings is part of the permanent public art collection at UBC Okanagan. Most recently, Sidley’s work was at the Reach Gallery in the solo exhibition Gap. 

FAIR MARKET VALUE
$500
BUY IT NOW PRICE $325

CURRENT BID: $100