Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 17, 1999


Digitizing the medium called art

Deep End of the Ocean ends up shallow

Artlab depicts transparencies of art and life

Cultures Join hands and dance across the Pacific

Carrie 2: teen slasher sequel doesn't cut it

Opting for procrastination

Opting for procrastination

By Tara Dermastja
Gazette Staff

Armed with years of experience and a few supplies, third-year visual arts student Kevin Hampson is taking on one of North America's greatest demons – procrastination.

Set in the hallway of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Hampson's performance today will last from 9 a.m. until noon with the hope passers-by will want to join in. Basically he will be doing nothing, or more accurately, doing whatever he can to put off doing whatever it is he would be doing if he wasn't procrastinating.

According to Hampson, who has been interested in the arts all of his life, "procrastination is contagious." A common notion to which most people can relate. The statement makes sense, as does Hampson's love for the work he has completed. Focusing now on video and installation work (including media and videotape performances), he admits that there is a lot more freedom in the program for upper-year students.

"Foundation [in first year] opens you up to different options but students are told exactly what to do," Hampson says.

His creativity was limited back in high school where there was not a lot of artistic options. Still, he was fortunate to have the help of a teacher who fought for school supplies and the chance to use his ideas in the yearbook. Flipping through slides of previous work, Hampson displays an ardent interest in what he has created. "It is rare for me to represent the body," he says. This is evident through the representation of one out of the six pieces viewed showing an actual human form.

For a small glimpse into Hampson's world of fascination – picture him tying up boots to kick and stomp a detailed clay form of his head. The head, which had been placed on the floor, was flattened, broken into different shapes and given in pieces to the members of the class. "I was giving a piece of me to everyone – eliminating the body," Hampson muses, adding he took his boots off at the end to finish the performance.

Another piece, presented with fellow student Devon Parish, involved the twisting of bed sheets and pillow cases to form chickens tacked to a wall. To Hampson, the idea was to show pain through comfortable items and prove that even sheets can look human. Other works included a carcass stuffed with bread and a group of jars filled with t-shirts and tea which represent the preservation of experiences.

With the goal of completing a masters degree following graduation, Hampson says he is hoping to do what many artists have to turn their backs on. "Ideally, I would like to be a practicing artist," he says with smile. Until that day, people will simply have to watch him procrastinate.

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