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New art looks old at Kelowna gallery

Johann Wessels "Immaculate Deception" art show in Kelowna features relics and artifacts that may look old, but are actually new.
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KELOWNA – A local art gallery is showing a collection of work by a South African artist living in Penticton who uses artistic symbols in new and sometimes deceptive ways.

Johann Wessels Immaculate Deception features “relics and artifacts” that may look old, but are actually new. The purpose, according to a media release, is to explore how art can trick both the eye and the mind.

“Wessels has taken a closer look at Western art symbols… to draw attention to the value and status people have assigned to these icons and objects,” the release says. “The resulting works range from relics that appear to have been constructed in ancient times from natural materials like wood or rock, to painted depictions of artifacts that are glossy, rich, and ornate.”

From now until July 8, visitors to the Kelowna Art Gallery on Water Street will can see how Wessels uses “his arsenal of artistic tools to fool the viewer and reveal thrilling old tricks.”

Wessels attended the University of the Freestate in South Africa where he graduated with a BA in Fine Art with majors in Printmaking, Drawing and History of Art. He also taught printmaking and history of art at universities across South Africa and worked in the Canadian film and television business as an artist for many years.

For more information about current exhibitions, public programming, or special events, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery website.

The "Immaculate Deception" show at the Kelowna Art Gallery runs until July 8, 2018.
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