As-tu vu la dernière mangue? (Have you seen last mango?)

Feb 29, 2024

As-tu vu la dernière mangue? (Have you seen last mango?)
Kelowna residents have until Friday, March 15 to witness “The Last Mango in Paris,” a PoPUp digital photography & Art exhibition inside Zangbell & Gill, 990 Laurel Avenue. The musings of Kelowna photographer Darryl Andrews are both theatrical and mysterious in nature, with some voice of social consciousness added in. Many of his photographs feature mannequins, although that might take a second look.

“Mannequins are so similar to us in build and even with human like faces, Darryl notes, that in a photograph, humans and mannequins are frozen alike, so distinguishing between them, with all the filters people are using, has become slim. I like my photographs to be mini-stories, so imagine that mannequin becoming alive and leaving their posture. I can reach far back into my inspiration and recall the 1987 film, ‘Mannequin’ starring Kim Cattrall, who was a spirit of a woman from Ancient Egypt inhabiting a department store mannequin, only seen by her dresser. I was a big fan (and naturally still am) of Kim Cattrall.”

Darryl, a Kelowna Resident has been taking photographs since his father introduced him to the magic box at a young age. He attended and received a diploma in digital photography from the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna. Darryl’s work was last exhibited in the juried, Captured Images Exhibition, the largest & longest photography exhibition in the Okanagan, held annually in the Peachland Art Gallery.

Zangbell and Gill recently celebrated 10 years in Kelowna's North End neighbourhood with their unique shop of mid-century furniture and vintage treasures, have long championed local artists and were happy to spotlight Darryl for his first solo public showing. “We’ve been host to many local artists here at the store. The Pandemic halted things for a while, but we’re excited for 2024,” says co-owner Brian Gill.

So, “Last Mango in Paris,” is it supposed to mean anything?
“I think everyone would have a different idea about that,” says Darryl. What we could all agree on, is that it’s a bonkers statement. Art is many things, a chameleon of sorts, so if that’s our starting point of connection, then let’s have some fun!” We all have a casket of emotions and imagination; I’m sharing mine, I hope the viewer brings theirs.

An end of exhibition soirée with the artist in attendance is planned for the 15th, from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

One needs to catch this exhibition to surprise themselves and vibe with what is in the Now!

Zangbell and Gill are open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm

Company Contact Information:

Contact Name: Darryl
Contact Email: [email protected]

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