Human; Nature, the Willowdale Award for Painting Exhibition by Serena Kobayashi-LeBel
Jan 6 – Jan 16 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101873" align="alignleft" width="400"]“The Grass is Greener” 24”x24” Oil paint and Acrylic Gouache on panel 2018-19 “The Grass is Greener” 24”x24” Oil paint and Acrylic Gouache on panel 2018-19[/caption]

Human; Nature is an exhibition of oil paintings by fifth year Visual Art Studio student Serena Kobayashi-LeBel.

The body of work focuses on exploring the popular debate of nature vs. nurture. By painting hybrids of people with flora or fauna, the artist questions what instincts are ingrained in us on a biological level. What characteristics do we possess because at the core of our existence we are animals, and what is social conditioning? Using natural imagery of plants and animals, Kobayashi-LeBel uses their living patterns as well as cultural associations to illustrate certain ideas. Creating beautiful, but jarring images she encourages her audience to question their own actions and beliefs. How much of your personality is ‘just who you are’, or is it possible to change potentially negative behavioral patterns? Think about it; is who you are who you want to be?




Esther Kim presents Solve Et Coagula
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm

Solve Et Coagula

Artist: Esther Kim (5th Year)

Medium: Sculpture (steel, bronze, limestone, ceramic)

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Dates: January 6-16, 2020

Reception: Friday, January 10th @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brief description of the exhibition:
“The Latin expression “solve et coagula” is derived from “solve,” meaning to break down and
separate, while “coagula” describes the process of bringing elements back together (coagulating) into a new, higher form.” Solve Et Coagula is an exhibition that encapsulates the process of transformation from material to matter both individually in each sculpture and unified by the exhibition as a whole. Each individual work represents fragments of the body while collectively constructing a whole greater than its sum. Verging on the ephemeral notions of the physical human figure, the sculptural mediums create a lasting impact, solidifying its permanence in the world while exploring the ambiguity and complexities of the human body.

Artist’s Statement:
The mechanical process of repetition is a fundamental component in my sculptural art practice as it combines the concepts of the working body with the working machine. The process of
dialogue between the body and mind allows me to challenge bodily limitations and to explore deeper within myself. Size and scale creates emphasis on autonomy, emulating the living vessel. Exploring the human body is like understanding a machine, each functioning part integrates as a whole. However, the human body is full of spontaneity, it can be obstructed through its limitations and surpassed by the mind. The mind exceeds beyond what’s physical, infinite through thought and imagination. The body is finite, limited by what’s tangible within reality. Through my work, I aim to create an open interpretation that instigates awareness of the viewers subjective selves and allows people to freely create associations for themselves through their own bodily experiences.

Artist’s bio:
Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). Through exploring the concepts of the body, she utilizes her practices which involve metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke an ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, the work is presented to the viewer to challenge commonly held assumptions about the world and to open possibilities for interpretations which instigate both cognitive and bodily awareness to the viewer’s subjective


Severed Tongue
19.5” x 13” x 13”

Here am I
4” x 3” x 6”
Bronze, mirror

Media Music Concert – MMC:IX
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Media Music Concert (MMC:IX) is a showcase of film, television and video game music arranged and performed by York music students.

This year’s arrangements include music from Zelda, Pocahontas, Star Wars, Studio Ghibli and more.

The Music Media Concert is in its ninth consecutive year and is organized by the Music Students Association at York University and the School of the Arts, Media Performance & Design.

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors.

Box Office: Purchase tickets online or phone 416-736-5888

Maps & Directions

Painting Area Group Exhibition
Jan 20 – Jan 30 all-day


[caption id="attachment_99893" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Artwork from 'Painting and Print Media' Exhibition at the Gales Gallery Photo of the 2017 Painting Group Show Photo by Helen Olcott[/caption]

Group show featuring paintings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Digital Fabrication Area Exhibition
Feb 3 – Feb 13 all-day

A group show featuring digital fabrication by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

[caption id="attachment_101722" align="aligncenter" width="800"]3D Printing in Progress. Element of a sculpture by Andrew Sidsworth 3D Printing in Progress. Element of a sculpture by Andrew Sidsworth[/caption]


Sculpture and Drawing Area Exhibition
Feb 24 – Mar 5 all-day


[caption id="attachment_101547" align="alignleft" width="480"]photo of the 2019 Sculpture and Drawing Area exhibition photo of the 2019 Sculpture and Drawing Area exhibition[/caption]

A group show featuring sculpture and drawings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission