Student artists turn seating area into pop-up art exhibit – Aldergrove Star
Students at Trinity Western University transformed the common area into a pop-up art exhibition space.
The emerging artists gallery inside Jacobson Hall, a TWU residence dormitory, is a vision that took two years.
Alysha Creighton, who teaches art and design at TWU, explains how – just before the pandemic began – the art department discussed with the college’s student life division ways to reimagine the pandemic he student lounge space at Jacobson Hall, a residential building on the Langley campus.
Originally, the plan was to invite the art department to help “liven up the space and make it more alive and welcoming”.
Creighton had a bigger vision.
“We saw this as a really exciting opportunity to create a gallery of emerging artists where students at TWU, especially those in their first, second and third years, could gain valuable exhibition experience and share their work. with the campus, ”she said.
At the end of last month, the very first student exhibition opened in the new Jacobson Hall Emerging Artist Gallery.
Entitled Identities: A Collection of Portraits, the exhibition features the work of ART 211 of Dr Erica Grimm: Students in Drawing Life.
The works will be on display until January 16.
Describing the project, Creighton said, “The students were challenged to create a headdress that revealed something about their identity, and then draw attention to themselves wearing the headdresses. Drawings and headdresses are included in the exhibition.
The students’ creations reflect topics such as mental health, emotions, the human body, the environment, faith, and research.
The drawings aim for precise anatomy, which, noted Dr Grimm, can be a challenge, “especially given the prevalence of photoshopped faces that distort our perception of what constitutes precise anatomy.”
“These works demonstrate the clarity needed to see through stereotypes about faces and heads,” Grimm said of the show.
“Accurate anatomy combined with expressive markings has the potential to express what is hard to find words for,” she observed. “Stereotypes are dispelled as identity is excavated, superimposed and constructed, for the artist as well as for the viewer. “
The students applied what they learned about precise anatomy and the expressive use of form in their works “to reveal individual souls”.
To learn more about the school’s arts, music and culture department, or more specifically the new exhibition space, people can visit TWU’s website at twu.ca/samc
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