Experience nature sideways at the Alternator

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to welcome Troy Nickle’s Process, Place and Perception, a site-specific installation using natural materials. Physical elements from Kelowna’s landscape become part of the gallery architecture, playing with expectations of environment and place.

Troy Nickel at Alternator

As though it were a bird’s eye view of the natural world, a selection of dried plants horizontally emerges from the wall. Another installation component is a mural, made with mud and soil, illustrating Kelowna’s Landscape. Driftwood, both suspended from the ceiling and dynamically gathering on the walls, creates a sense of movement reflective of floating down a river. Central to the exhibition is a sculptural homage to Constantin Brancusi’s Endless Column- with wood stacked columns and columns high. Each work aims to address relationships between culture and nature.

In support of this exhibition, Nickle will extend his artwork into the public with an outdoor installation at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre.

Troy Nickle is an interdisciplinary artist based in Lethbridge, Alberta who creates works that address nature, culture, place, and temporality. Nickle has studied at the University of Lethbridge and at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Troy’s work has been exhibited in Lethbridge, Calgary, Waterton, Toronto and Kamloops.

Visit the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art between July 25 and September 6 to view the exhibition. Please join us for an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, July 25 at 7pm. Events take place at The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and are free to the public.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre located in Kelowna at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave. The Alternator is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the development of the creative community. Since 1989, the Alternator has shown the work of emerging Canadian artists, focused on innovative and non-traditional mediums engaged in social and cultural issues.

The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is located in Kelowna on eight wooded acres along a vital wildland corridor along Bellevue Creek which flows down from Myra Bellevue Provincial Park. Managed by The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the centre’s residencies are intermittently held by graduate students and visiting artists.  During the summer months, the Eco Culture Centre is used for art events, residencies, workshops, intensives and classes. To view Nickle’s presentation, parking can be found on the road outside the grounds. Proceed by walking up the driveway.

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