|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
By Christina Vardanis
The master of fine arts exhibit at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre features a collection of works from four first-year master's students representing the culmination of five months of work and countless years of inspiration. The show, titled allispossiblenothingisconfirmed, is an impressive display of diverse themes expressed in equally diverse mediums. From photocopies to slides and TVs to Polaroids, it is a provocative and insightful look into the world, as seen through the eyes of these ambitious young artists.
Christy Thompson contributes two works to the show, cleverly juxtaposing complexity with simplicity, which in turn re-emphasizes the intricacy of the displays. Her choice of mediums creatively accents the perplexity of an otherwise common saying, drawing attention to the puzzles that underlie day-to-day life.
Fourth-year fine arts student Kelly Brady expressed great admiration for the work of Marc Labreche, whom she said "used a monochromatic style, effects of layering, collage and a grand size to create a picture that draws you in and loses you in its intrigue." His two multimedia works employ things such as photocopies and duct tape to create scenes of depth, with images popping out from every shadow.
Shinobu Akimoto's "Secretary Project" depicts the sacred serenity in repetition, as she recorded the daily gatherings at subway stations in Japan, Tokyo and Victoria, as well as daily trips to her locker on her way to work. Her examination into the monotony of life creates a feeling of isolation and connectedness through the participation in the same ritual. She also displays records, written in Japanese, which represent pertinent information but in unreadable Japanese symbols. This is a fascinating representation of the value society has put in documents, that ultimately can not represent one's value.
Slides and video are the mediums Christine Shaw chose to work with. The slide show is an examination of distortion, as she transforms Polaroids to slides and then presents them on a concave brick wall. She sights her goal is to have the viewer overwhelmed by the gestures she presents. Some images are slightly recognizable while others are not, leaving much to the viewer's imagination and interpretation. Her video show consists of multiple TVs all playing in silence and yet together they convey both sound and emotion. She bombards the viewer with images that, as she describes it, "juxtapose expulsions of anger with control," in a fascinating way.
This exhibition is a very impressive display of talent that can be enjoyed by any and every student. Alison Middaugh, a fourth-year fine arts student says, "being an artist, it is exhibitions like these that push you to expand in your own work." The provocative allispossiblenothingisconfirmed is on display until Feb. 26, with gallery hours from 11-4 p.m. weekdays.