Chad Pratch is staging a show with 18 artists

Eighteen artists join forces to stage dynamic art show

Technically speaking, Jeffrey Wong no longer graces the halls of UBC Okanagan.

  • Nov. 10, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Technically speaking, Jeffrey Wong no longer graces the halls of UBC Okanagan—or even really the annals of artistic masterpiece that flow from his cohort of classmates and friends.

This hasn’t stopped his colleagues from keeping him in the limelight, though, as the group that brought Chad Pratch (Kelowna Art Gallery: Dysfunctional Chairs), Cory Dixon (Discus(t): conversations on the male body) and Darren Sim (Celebration of International Blasphemy Day) stage an art show in the Mission this month.

“I was thinking of a title for the show and I just thought, well, Jeffrey’s almost like a legend at the university,” said Pratch.

“We do impersonations of him because he’s such an interesting character.

“It’s called The Jeffrey Wong Show because that’s what we used to say him: You’re like a show.”

One look at Wong’s intriguing print, originally shown at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, and one can see where there’s merit to staging a show in his name, character or not.

The artist may even make an appearance at the event via Skype from Shenzhen, China where he is currently living.

Yet the real focus of the show will be on the 17 other artists who will turn an empty house on Bonjou Road into a unique public show.

Pratch said he came up with the idea after his parents decided to move.

Seeing the empty space, he thought it might be worth throwing the doors open to let friends and fellow art enthusiasts get a taste of what’s happening in the local arts scene where new and emerging artists don’t always have the funds to see their work explored.

Thus far, Gerard Cadger has started work on an installation in the basement, tethering rags into a room-sized web and paintings from several other artists have begun to collect along the walls.

Pratch will have a painting focused on his dyslexia in the show, and Lance Lindblom will have some humorous paintings poking fun at the obsession with meaning in art.

“He thinks its really humorous when people spend a lot of time with art trying to understand the inner meaning of the work, especially with paintings because they’re just stagnant images and really you could elaborate on anything,” explained Pratch. The work included thus far shows a guy smoking and another one drinking.

The show will include work from Jeffrey Wong, Gerard Cadger, Darren Sim, Kyle Zsombor, Ute Camphausen, Lance Lindblom, Stephen Scott, Gabriela Montaner, Jason Negreiff, Benjamin Goward, Catherine Spencer, Kassy Davis, Rena Warren, Alex Krolak, Cherie Hanson, Nadine Bradshaw and River Lewis.

Billed as an all ages show, it runs Nov. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., and is free to the public. The show will be held at 644 Bonjou Rd.

 

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Reel Reviews: The Wakanda Way

We say, “Black Panther is too shallow to be deep, too disposable to be important.”

Suzuki: We can’t close our eyes to climate change

David Suzuki says there is much work to do on climate change

Kelowna skater golden at B.C. Games

Emily Sales of Kelowna skates to a gold medal at the B.C. Games in Kamloops

Heat women advance to Canada West semis

A convincing win in two straight this weekend has Kelowna’s UBCO Heat volleyball team moving on

YMCA members raise over $29,000 for the community

YMCA members participated in an 80’s themed event to help make Y programs accessible

The 2018 B.C. Games wrap up in Kamloops

The B.C. Winter Games comes to a close after a weekend of fun and excitment

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Mortgage column: What is bridge financing

Kelowna mortgage experts talk about bridge financing

Letter: Cartoon formeted racism

Kelowna letter-writer didn’t find any humour in Capital News cartoon

Letter: Good job, Charlie Hodge

Kelowna letter-writer enjoyed Charlie Hodge’s column

Book Talk: Praise for the novella

It’s too long for a short story and too short for a novel, but the novella is gaining in popularity

B.C. boosts support for former youth in government care

More support coming for rent, child care and health care while they go back to school

Luna Fest issues callout for artist submissions

Festival’s art installations transform downtown Revelstoke in the fall

Concert-goers unfazed by Hedley sexual misconduct allegations

Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked fans from the ‘bottom of our hearts’ at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre

Most Read