Volume 93, Issue 64

Tuesday, January 25, 2000


Affair a savoury dish for film connoisseurs

Film plays Down To audiences

Bronson dons Full Metal stylings

Choclair a sweet live experience

Artists find (S)elves

Artists find (S)elves

By Jill Sutherley
Gazette Staff

Sometimes art exhibitions unintentionally create intimidating environments where spectators feel limited in their freedom to speculate and interpret what they observe. At the masters of fine arts students' dynamic presentation, (S)elves, showing at The John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, this is definitely not the case.

A combination of first and second-year MFA students have challenged themselves to produce a variation on what has become an annual event in the visual arts department. (S)elves introduces pieces from a variety of artistic disciplines, all of which bring forth unique and transitory ideas to reflect a transitional period in time.

One of the characteristics which sets this presentation apart from others is the way it boldly brings together a vast array of contemporary art forms. Various forms of mixed media effectively combine to create a collective work which screams for attention. However, each work seems to possess a brave sense of individualism and makes the exhibit not only irresistibly entertaining, but equally thought-provoking.

The ArtLab's intimate setting enhances the viewing of the various pieces on display. An especially eye–catching exhibit titled Lounge, created by Lucia Cipriano and Chris Down, belongs to the category of mixed media installation. In its compilation of different pieces of lounge furniture decorated with a vibrant fake fur fabric, this exhibit depicts an obsession with materialism.

Other memorable pieces include Toni Latour's video, titled You Can Do It and Larisa MacSween's Untitled piece, which make interesting statements concerning society's preoccupation with self-motivational tactics and the role of women in contemporary culture respectively.

Despite the fact that the volume of these performances must be kept to a minimum, so as not to interfere with other exhibits, the manner through which these pieces literally speak to spectators provides an effective outlet for creative expression.

Ultimately, (S)elves proves to be an inspired compilation of student work which boasts an array of flavourful young talent. It's definitely a rich example of campus culture well worth checking out before its run is over.

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