[caption id="attachment_101873" align="alignleft" width="400"] “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?
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.
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.
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
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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
Please join us Friday, January 17th, for an Artist Talk with Taqralik Partridge and Nils Ailo Utsi from 1:00-3:00pm in the Sensorium Research Loft (4th Floor CFA, Room M333). RSVP to email@example.com
Taqralik Partridge is a writer, spoken word poet and curator originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, QC now living in Kautokeino, Norway.
Nils Ailo Utsi is an artist and animator from the Sámi community of Guovdageaidnu. He studied at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal. He has an animation bachelor of arts from the Norwegian University College of Volda. He has worked on “My moulton and me” (Academy Award) by Toril Kove and “Higgelty Piggelty Pop” by Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski.
This event is supported by the Department of Visual Art & Art History at York University, Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage and SSHRC.
Artists: Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, Rebecca Garcia Echeverria, Allison Helen Garrity, and Esther Min-Ji Kim
Medium: Sculpture (Bronze)
Location: Eleanor Winters Art Gallery (129 Winters College)
Dates: January 20th – February 1st, 2020
Reception: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
CASTED is a sculpture exhibition fully dedicated to works produced in bronze. The four artists, Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, Rebecca Garcia Echeverria, Allison Helen Garrity, and Esther Min-Ji Kim curated a collection of their separate works to create this group exhibition.
The four women artists have showcased in CASTED an exhibition in bronze; a historically male associated material. As four female artists, they navigate the conventions of this medium in order to wield it to their individual artistic practices and challenge the associations of materiality in relation to creation and process.
In an exploration of this materiality, themes are crossed, met, and distanced with one another. Between the works of the four artists, a conversation is opened on the significance of bronze and its impact upon object and permanence. In choosing to cast in bronze, the artists subject themselves to be represented in their work, calling into question immortalization and monumentality of self.
In representations of the body, of memory, of empowerment, and of self the artists invite viewers to cast opinions and inferences of their own upon the works.
Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford is a sculpture artist currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in Visual Arts (Studio) at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her work focuses upon the themes of femininity, gender dichotomy, and on connections between the past and present as is expressed through the processes of bronze casting, metal fabrication, installation, textile and mixed media arts.
Rebecca Garcia Echeverria is in her final year of the BFA Honours Degree at York University. She is a First-Generation Canadian-Salvadoran exploring the reconstruction of her memories, identity, and self through means of process based art forms that include metal fabrication, bronze-casting, and film photography. She recently won a place in the 2019 Graduate showcase at Gallery 1313 along with the AGYU Best in Show Award for her work “Self-Portrait (Camera) which is currently on display in CASTED.
Allison Helen Garrity often considers herself to be a part of the art that she creates. The process of constructing her thoughts into the physical universe fuses together the tangible and intangible parts of her. She is a 21-year-old Canadian artist, currently in her 4th and final year in the Visual Arts program at York University. She is a prop maker, sculptor, artist and a seeker of exploration. Her work is focused around a variety of materials and processes of the Foundry, Metal working and patterning. As she explores her desire for playfulness, she invite ideas unbound by the adult self, Dissociating assumptions on gender, life and time.
Esther Min-Ji Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). She explores concepts of the body through sculptural forms, utilizing her practices of metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, her work challenges the viewer’s commonly held assumptions about the world. She opens possibilities for interpretation, instigating cognitive and bodily awareness of the viewer’s subjective self.
[caption id="attachment_99893" align="aligncenter" width="650"] 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.
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm
Learning to Grow
Artist: Cassandra Tremblay (3rd Year)
Medium: Printmaking (monoprints, intaglio, screen)
Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)
Dates: January 20-30, 2020
Closing Reception: Wednesday, January 29th @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm
My work in this series explores the motif of individual growth and the mental challenges, doubt, and confusion that comes with it. Often, the idea of success is romanticized, and we believe that people are simply talented, or just plain lucky. In reality, success is years of hard work, dedication, discipline, and practice. When people see this series, I want them to be reminded that everyone goes through the struggles of learning and chasing their idea of success, but most importantly, that it takes a long time, and this time is just as important as when you finally are an expert. The medium of monoprinting comes into play when thinking about our ever changing perspective. It also highlights the elements of randomness, surprise, and serendipity that we encounter in our lives through the process of physically printing the piece. Each unique print not only represents the growth of learning, but my own artistic journey and the discovery of my passion.
Cassandra Tremblay has been creating art since she could remember. Currently she is in her third year of study at York University and has taken an interest in printmaking, especially monoprinting as it combines painting and drawing with a larger, and more involved, process. Striving for perfection is something she has always struggled with, so this show is a way of working through that while also reminding others that there is beauty in struggling.
Medium: Watercolour Monoprint
Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.
Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows:
Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm
Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm
Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm
Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm
Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm
Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm
Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)
The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Finding Bobbi, a feature documentary by Ava Karvonen and Scot Morison on actor Bobbi Charton’s courageous journey through gender dysphoria and her return to the stage after a 23-year hiatus.
Please join us for this free screening.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!
“Wavelengths” serves as a celebration of the achievements of our graduating painters of tomorrow. It is a coming together of a diverse array of artistic styles and sensibilities. Most of all, it is a clear illustration that though we may take our creative impulses in different directions, we are always on the same wavelength; that of innovation, expression, and community.
“Wavelengths” is running from January 22nd-30th in the Gales Gallery.
Location: 105 Accolade West Building, York University
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm
Wavelengths: Featured Artists
AmirKoushkani is an ethnomusicologist, composer, performer, and instructor of traditional Persian stringed instruments Tar and Setar. Dr. Koushkani’s training in Persian music began in Iran, where he was introduced to traditional Persian themes, under the tutelage of Master Dariush Pirniakan.
Amir Koushkani holds a Master’s Degree in Western Musical Composition and he also received a PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University, with a dissertation on the history and theory of the Iranian musical transcription. With specializing in on a different aspect of Persian music, over the last three decades he composed widely for theatre, orchestra, and various musical ensembles. He has recently published a two-volume study on the “Persian Avaz” in collaboration with Master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Professor Rob Simms at York University.
Admission is free.
Dispersion Relation #5: Doug Van Nort with guest Michael Palumbo
In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.
All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)
The fifth event welcomes special guest Michael Palumbo.
All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.