Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant speaks with Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne about her exhibition

Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant speaks with Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne about her exhibition

Exhibition at Vernon Public Art Gallery offers food for thought

Edmonton-based artist Lyndal Osborne addresses the issues and impact of GMOs on traditional food growers in the Okanagan.

Those interested in food security and the current discourse surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will want to take in a new exhibition opening at the Vernon Public Art Gallery Thursday, Oct. 13.

Coevolution, produced by Edmonton-based artist Lyndal Osborne, consists of two sculptural installations that bring into focus the consequences of unrestrained genetic engineering.

The objective of this exhibition is to address the issues of and their impact on traditional food growers, especially in the Okanagan Valley region, with its extensive fruit and vegetable production, said VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant.

“The themes of these shows deal with the saving of seeds and fruits, the subject of genetic modification of seeds and the increased loss of biodiversity, which directly impacts the vast orchards and agriculture that takes place throughout the entire Okanagan Valley,” added Osborne.

One of the installations, entitled, Curtain of Life, is constructed of natural materials, with gourds collected from Keremeos as the foundation of each piece.

“The concept of contemporary art is to create a dialogue and challenge the way we view our world.  You’ll notice on each gourd, Lyndal has utilized different natural items such as seeds, nuts, etc. to create the finished object,” said Kennedy Grant. “These visuals provide us with the opportunity to contemplate our views on GMOs and perhaps join in on the conversation.”

Osborne will be in attendance at the opening reception for her exhibition, Thursday, Oct. 13  from 6-8 p.m.

Also opening is the juried exhibition Diversity by the Canadian Federation of Artists North Okanagan chapter.

Osborne gives an artist talk about her exhibition, Friday, Oct. 14  at 3 p.m. at the VPAG.

Coevolution can be viewed at the VPAG until Dec. 21.

“If you have an interest in GMOs, please join us for this unique exhibition,” said Kennedy Grant.

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is located underneath the Vernon parkade at 3228 31st Ave. Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.vernonpublicartgallery.com for more information.