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This Kelowna art exhibit will mess with your head, in a good way

Get lost in the woods at the Discourse exhibit.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Alison Beaumont
June 19, 2019 - 10:11 AM

KELOWNA - Last year Alison Beaumont was travelling along the Sunshine Coast in a ferry. She was struck by the natural beauty stretching out in every direction, but something kept nagging at her: The constant mechanical groans and aches of the ferry. The hum of the boat contrasted with the silent splendor of the coastline. The visuals and the sounds were polar opposites.

"It was so serene, but the sounds of the ferry were so different," she said.

In that moment, floating along the coastline, Beaumont was struck by the harsh contrast of nature and man-made creations. She realized how sounds can impact our reception of artistic and natural visuals. It's a contrast she wanted to bring out in her own art.

Beaumont created the Discourse exhibit, which debuts on June 21 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in the members gallery. Beaumont will be on hand at 6 p.m. for the opening reception.

Discourse is built around seven art pieces, which combine still images and video. In the exhibit, Beaumont, who moved to the Okanagan in 2008, wanted to explore how different sounds can impact the viewer's perception of a work of art.

The most ambitious piece is a video projected on a wall. The clip moves through a forest, immersing the viewer in nature. Beaumont puts the power of perception in the viewer's hands by letting them pick from a collection of sound clips, each designed to alter the experience of watching the forest video.

Beaumont is excited to put her exhibit together at the Alternator gallery, which she credits as a space for true artistic experimentation in the Okanagan.

"Public art systems are the areas that help elevate contemporary approaches to art," she said.

Discourse runs in the Alternator from June 21 to July 6.

A ferry ride inspired Alison Beaumont's latest exhibit.
A ferry ride inspired Alison Beaumont's latest exhibit.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Alison Beaumont

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