The log lady

Penticton Herald - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Okana­gan Week­end staff

Vis­i­tors to the Kelowna In­ter­na­tional Air­port may find them­selves won­der­ing just how a giant pile of logs made its way into the air­port.

Ac­tu­ally, the logs are part of a mas­sive pho­to­graphic in­stal­la­tion en­ti­tled “Okana­gan Log Pile” by Kelowna-based artist Fern Helfand. In ad­di­tion to the large scale, view­ers will no doubt be struck by the three-di­men­sional quality that the artist has achieved by strate­gi­cally mount­ing in­di­vid­ual pho­to­graphic pan­els in lay­ers.

Be­yond the ini­tial vis­ual im­pact, Helfand hopes her new art in­stal­la­tion will draw peo­ple’s at­ten­tion to forestry prac­tices in Bri­tish Columbia. The piece not only rep­re­sents the prov­ince’s forests as a po­ten­tially re­new­able re­source, and the lum­ber in­dus­try as a ma­jor eco­nomic driver, but it also speaks to is­sues such as clear cut­ting and the loss of the for­est.

Re­gard­less of how vis­i­tors in­ter­pret the piece, this 25-foot-long in­stal­la­tion will give pas­sen­gers a rea­son to pause on their way to the departures gate.

Okana­gan Log Pile is on view un­til Fe­bru­ary 2019 at the Kelowna In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Fern Helfand re­ceived an MFA from the Univer­sity of Florida and has since held teach­ing po­si­tions at Univer­sity of West­ern On­tario, Univer­siti Sains Malaysia in Pe­nang and the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia.

Her photo-based work ad­dress­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and the medium of photography it­self has been ex­hib­ited across Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally. She cur­rently re­sides in Kelowna.

For more in­for­ma­tion about cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tions, pub­lic pro­gram­ming or spe­cial events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery on­line at www.kelow­naart­gallery.com.

Spe­cial to Okana­gan Week­end

Okana­gan Log Pile is on dis­play at the Kelowna In­ter­na­tional Air­port un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Spe­cial to Okana­gan Week­end

Kelowna artist Fern Helfand is pic­tured at the Kelowna In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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