What the Visual Arts kids want to show

Monday’s vernissage opened the weeklong exhibition in the 5C hallway

gallery opening by brian lapuz

The 5C hallway is an interesting location for a vernissage on Monday.

It was that of the graduating students in Visual Arts. The theme is safe.

Little Pieces of Truth is meant to represent their experiences at Dawson in the last two years, which is coming down on Monday afternoon, after which the students will be criticising their personal work.

Evidently, it’s an eclectic exhibition.
Many students opted to send a message.

Amanda Hui’s work is simple in red and blue acrylic on canvas, and a message which read “Keep calm. Aung San Suu Kyi is free.” She said that the fall of Myanmar’s ruling junta would be coming, which she expressed with falling stars from their flag.

Works varied from simple acrylic on canvas to mixed-media works, such as Farida Khan’s Blinded. Her work was meant to highlight what she said was the “truth behind the fashion industry.” The base is acrylic on canvas, but the metal wires, nails and knives outlined the models dress.

Katrina D’Artois’s work was quaint. Titled Beautiful Blossom, she used unbleached cotton as a background in front of which a branch was settled. Threads and beads would be the blossoming plant.

Divan Orange inspired, Annie Petrisevac’s 4234 Boulevard Saint-Laurent represented a cultural landmark of the Plateau. “It feels like a family over there,” said Petriseva. “That place represents collectivity.”

For this work, she had spoken to the musicians and friends and asked them what Divan Orange was for them. “I turned the audio piece into something visual,” she said. Clips of the recorded conversations were compiled and guests could listen to them by means of the CD player under her work. Predominantly orange, her piece is two separate canvases. One is a man who appears to be dancing; the other is a woman falling to crowd-surf.

Coming back to fashion, Shannon Hazel Moore’s work was a pair of three-dimensional representations.

One, a woman inspired by lyrics from her favourite band, Green Day, which she had made for a former class project titled Distorted. The woman is in undergarments. She is crying and her waist is grotesquely small in proportion to her body.

The other is an anorexic male. “I thought it balanced it out,” said Moore. “More and more males are anorexic nowadays.” The male has “I love Helvetica” tattooed on his forearm and his pose conveys and air of superiority. “He’s a hipster and she’s a fashion victim,” she said.

These are but a small portion of what is being showcased.

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