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Entering another year, the Undergraduate Student Exhibition succeeds once again in showcasing the creative breadth and sophistication that exists within Concordia University’s Fine Arts Undergraduate community. The exhibited artworks transform the gallery space into an imaginative playground. The works invite participation by generating sound, prompting bodies to twist and turn, and lock viewers into a bold and hypnotizing dance. This year’s paintings, photographs, sculptures and media work seem to defy their materiality altogether, transcending the conventions of their medium effortlessly. Forget everything you once knew about traditional art practice, for the twelve exhibited artists have merged sculpture with video, performance with installation, and photography with the surrounding environment. A truly collaborative project, the Undergraduate Student Exhibition is the result of the hard work of many. Juried by representatives from the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History, the Fine Arts Student Alliance and the VAV Gallery (Concordia’s student-run undergraduate gallery), with a catalogue designed by undergraduate students in the Department of Design and Computation Arts, writing by undergraduate students in the Department of Art History and the guidance of FOFA Gallery Director Jennifer Dorner and staff. Featured artists: Coey Kerr, John Shukin, Fannie Gadouas, Julie Villeneuve, Jacinthe Derasp, Jérémie Cyr, Annika Steimle, Rihab Essayh, Luisina Sosa Rey, Stephen Brace, Terrance Richard, Jonathan Théroux.
Please join us for two short (20 minute) presentations, and discussion in EV 9.436 from 12:30-1:30. (lunches welcome)
Mandi Morgan's 'Boreal' is a handmade paper cutout animation depicting an imagined ecosystem of animal magic within an intricately illustrated landscape. This non-linear allegorical tale exposes the vulnerable tensions between wildlife and human destruction. Her fragile assemblage of the puppets echoes the vulnerable relationship that wildlife has within a compromised ecosystem. Morgan's animated universe is an illustrated microcosm of complex detail and texture.
Richard Cornelisse's 'Lac St-Anne' is an interactive, multi-screen, non-linear audio/video documentary that depicts an experiential portrait of Lac St. Anne located in northern Alberta, Canada. This depiction addresses an emotional account of geography through the viewpoint of a type of dream logic. Through this framework, work explores how cinematic language can operate as a type of phenomenological portraiture, also considering how it is mediated and how it may inform a specific way of looking at this special part of the world.
The 'The One City, Nine Towns' initiative, was meant to save Shanghai from its inevitable overpopulation. This urban expansion plan proposed to showcase the very best of eminent countries around the world by adopting international styles such as German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, English, Scandinavian and Canadian. What was initially intended as a unique alternative to downtown living was unintentionally sabotaged by an aggressive speculative market, eventually bringing these towns closer to non-spaces and movie sets.
Brendan Flanagan’s latest work 'Dense Hands, Thick Clouds' explores the tools of digital design that are now so often used to create the media, objects and architecture that surround us. Through a back and forth process of hand making and computer tweaking Flanagan attempts to concretize the areas where the digital inserts itself into creation.
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