Diana Thorneycroft (right) with fellow artist Susan P. Gibson in Winnipeg in September. (Photo: Diana Thorneycroft)

Take trip through Black Forest at Vernon Art Gallery

Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft brings ominous exhibition to town in time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, an art exhibit that explores the dark mythology of the Black Forest is coming to the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

An exhibition by Canadian artist Diana Thorneycroft called Black Forest (village) will be on display from Oct. 10-Dec. 19. The exhibition brings together a selection of works from her recent projects, Herd and Black Forest (dark waters) and consists of large- and medium-scale photographs depicting dark and mysterious fairy tale narratives as well as a large platform containing architectural constructions.

Thorneycroft’s exhibit is a space created for “fictional dialogues between the themes of power, violence and ritual, while asking the viewers to consider the human condition and our desires,” in the words of gallery curator Lubos Culen.

“In many aspects, Thorneycroft’s exhibition accentuates fairy tale and folklore stories where the forest is seen as a source of threat, filled with danger where frightful, grim and ghostly things may transpire.”

Thorenycroft’s stage is populated by figures and other props produced between 2015 and 2018, with fictitious characters taking on bizarre appearances in reference to the grotesque and uncanny — two Gothic themes commonly attached to Black Forest lore.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Thorneycroft. Photographs and dioramas are primarily at play here: dioramas made of altered toy dolls and other materials are photographed using long-exposure shots.

The dolls are arranged as a group of village characters and wield threatening objects such as axes, bolt cutters, whips and nooses.

“The exhibition as a whole addresses the themes of power struggles, implied violence, and the dark ritualistic aspects that permeate the staged tableaux,” explains Culen.

Thorneycroft has received numerous awards during her career, including the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, senior arts grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts. She’ll be doing an installation at the gallery on Oct. 8 and 9.

READ MORE: Victoria choir gives flawless Okanagan concert

READ MORE: Kelowna couple showcases work at Vernon art gallery


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon youth ready to make some NOYSE

Showcase of excellence features talents of young local performance

Vernon Vixens leave Merritt hockey tournament undefeated

Team sweeps all four games while out-scoring opponents 21-3

Vernon museum praises local group for spearheading RCMP Appreciation Day

Feb. 1 has been officially proclaimed Royal Canadian Mounted Police Appreciation Day

North Okanagan Knights pull out overtime victory over Sicamous

Knights goalie Sean Kanervisto gets first win after being named a top KIJHL rookie

Tickets available for Vernon’s seventh-annual Okanagan Military Tattoo

The city’s largest indoor event will take place July 25-26, 2020

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

Rockslide obstructing traffic on rural Shuswap road

Large boulders rolled onto Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road in the South Shuswap.

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Snow angels: B.C. volunteers shovel for those who can’t

‘They’ve helped me make it through the rest of the winter’

Most Read