Volume 93, Issue 100

Thursday, April 6, 2000


BFA exhibit an ambient affair

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BFA exhibit an ambient affair

By Sara Martel
Gazette Staff

It's not often that a shopping mall is lauded for its ambiance.

Nestled among the fluorescent lights, plaster and sale signs of the Galleria Mall, however, exists the aesthetic enclave that is Galleries @ the galleria. Combining works from the Forest City Gallery, the London Regional Art Historical Museum and the McIntosh Gallery, the show currently boasts a particularly impressive collection with the bachelor of fine arts graduate exhibition, Sometimes...is Now, on until Saturday.

Lending this exhibit its unique quality is the rich character of the individual displays, all created by fourth-year fine arts students. Each effort perpetuates such a distinct feeling, the mood continually changes as you meander through the gallery.

Entering an expansion room, housing much of the graduate work, the eye is drawn to the paintings of Maria Kwandt. The works, featuring sleek oil images of horses, are beautifully realistic and somehow soothing – especially in contrast to the displays along the other side of the room.

Between Leah Torkin's miniature models littered with adult sized objects, Kristi Toi's journals of wants and sins lying on scarlet pillows and Brooke Ripley's charcoal drawings exploring our woven society, a provocative element is immediately added.

Turning the corner, one stumbles upon three of John Koyounian's oil paintings, entitled "Many a place from which to view." The abstract pieces are each done in a different primary colour, creating a striking yet jovial effect.

With the next few displays the mood changes drastically, largely due to an eerie soundscape created by Georgia Kostakis' "Come With Me." This multimedia presentation features seemingly abstract lines slowly forming images.

The visual component is accompanied by the electronically mixed sounds of a child's voice reciting his ABCs. Although the voice is young and innocent, the effect is haunting and darkly colours the way the other works are perceived – particularly the pieces in the next room.

Here, a series of black and white photographs by CJ Callaghan horizontally line the walls, filling the spectator's line of sight. The works, entitled "The Dollhouse Series," are largely under-exposed images of skulls, pieces of plastic dolls, superimposed images, books and other objects. With Callaghan's already sinister images coupled with Kostakis' music, the effect is incredibly poignant.

You can't go into Sometimes...Is Now expecting to leave with one dominant feeling. You can anticipate a variety of styles and moods, all of which are worth the experience – this ambient exhibit of graduate work should not be missed.

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