Hands-on art at “Monumental Ideas” exhibit

TRU professor featured in international exhibit on now at the Kamloops Art Gallery

Courtney Dickson, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

TRU's own Darlene Kalynka's work on display at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Photo courtesy Don Lawrence

TRU’s own Darlene Kalynka’s work on display at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Photo courtesy Don Lawrence

While many consider the death of print media a certainty, others are putting a new spin on how print is presented. Long-time visual arts professor Darlene Kalynka is one of the artists showcasing her creativity in Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II, a display currently running at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Thanks to this exhibit, Kalynka’s work has been seen by many all over the world.

“The great exposure of it is amazing,” she said.

Museum curator Craig Wilms is happy to have an international exhibit such as this at the gallery. In fact, the Kamloops Art Gallery is the only Canadian venue to host this particular collection.

Monumental Ideas is comprised of a variety of hand-made artist’s books, architecturally and visually unconventional in a variety of ways.

Pieces come from Europe, Asia and North America, according to Wilms.

How did such a worldly exhibit end up in little old Kamloops?

This exhibit will only be on display until Nov. 2, so make some time to take a look. Photo courtesy Kamloops Art Gallery

This exhibit will only be on display until Nov. 2, so make some time to take a look. Photo courtesy Kamloops Art Gallery

Kalynka shared a table with curator Hui-Chu Ying during a conference. Ying asked her if she could be part of and host the exhibit at TRU. She agreed, and it was showcased in the TRU art gallery for two weeks. She was then invited to submit to the second (current) exhibit.

Kalynka said she is working on submissions for Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books III.

This type of art is Kalynka’s specialty – she’s been print-making for nearly 30 years. She’s also created other artists’ books. One of her favourites was a larger piece, displaying an image of her late grandparents and their family farm.

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books is open until Nov. 2. The cost of admission to the gallery is $3 for students with a valid student ID, except Thursdays, when admission is free. Don’t think that your experience will be limited to viewing – as long as you put on the white gloves provided, you can handle and explore the art on display.