Carrying on the fascination with tourist sites and paraphernalia, this work was presented at the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan (Penticton, BC, Canada) during the city’s annual Peach Festival. It took the shape of a person-sized peach-monument, mirroring the popular (and much larger) landmark that inhabits Penticton’s lakefront year-round. The sculpture was created out of fibre-glass, and had a light-tight interior that visitors could walk into. The interior featured a false ceiling with holes randomly drilled in it and a light fixture behind, creating a simple, do-it-yourself illusion of a starry night sky.
It was another attempt (see also Your Private Sky) to manipulate the forms and language of tourist sites to reflect a more personal experience. I wondered if it might be possible to provide a space for a private, even meditative experience. Underlying it, of course, is a nagging sense of representational failure: the peach is not a peach, nor is the sky a sky. Sad, that.
Here’s a text by curator Alice Ming Wai Jim:
(download Vanessa Kwan Your Private Sky Penticton curatorial essay by Alice Jim – pdf)