New club's 'World Palette' art show unites artwork, philanthropy and politics

AIR and artists arrive at the Arts Project

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

THE ONE THING YOU SHOULD NEVER ASK AT A VICTORIA'S SECRET STORE: DOES THIS COME IN CHILDREN'S SIZES? "World Palette" starts tonight at The Arts Project. The art show is raising money Amnesty International.

Western’s newly formed Association of International Relations club has combined politics, charity and art for its upcoming exhibition “World Palette.”

“We called it ‘World Palette’ because there are paintings from all around the world,” says AIR President Keith Chau. “We used the exhibition as our own palette to build a perspective of different cultures and different parts of the world.”

The proceeds from the politically based art show go to Amnesty International. Chau hopes it becomes an annual event.

“Instead of a clubbing event and a fashion show, we want a new way of expressing ideas, a new way of allowing students and the London community to express themselves politically,” Chau says.

While the group started organizing “World Palette” in September, Chau says AIR has struggled with promotion.

“Because we are a new club this year and doing something this big, you need [to build up a] reputation and a brand, basically [while] putting things together,” Chau says.

The show’s planning was done by only a few AIR members. The event’s main co-ordinator is Marcelo Crespin, AIR’s director of social events.

“There are a lot of details regarding artists and their requirements and how to get the paintings here,” Chau says.

The organizers have obtained several works from professional artists.

“Some of [the artists] have had their work displayed in other parts of the world already,” Chau explains.

“World Palette” features several art media, including sculpture and photography.

The event features works by London native Effren Codina. Chau says Codina jumped at the opportunity to use his art politically.

“[Codina] liked the idea of personal, political expression through art,” Chau says. “He was actually very excited about it.”

The pièce de résistance is a sculpture representing women’s issues. The sculpture is of a woman decorated with words and mixed media.

“She’s wearing a corset with pictures of women’s body parts on it,” Chau says. “It’s actually sewn in leather. There are words to describe women, like mother, sister and also vulgar words like bitch and whore.”

The event offers several perks besides its art, Chau adds.

“Guests get complementary hors d’oeuvres and they will also get a line bypass to [The Barking Frog] to the after party to celebrate.”

“World Palette” opens at 7 p.m. tonight at The Arts Project, located at 203 Dundas St. Tickets are available in the University Community Centre. The 19-plus event costs $10 for AIR members and $12 for non-members.

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