Every year, SPACE mounts an exhibition in the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery of Dawson College that showcases work from individuals and groups both within and without the college community. Each exhibition is based on a theme selected by SPACE. The theme for the 2013-2014 academic year is Collisions. SPACE themes fuel many forms of dialogue, creativity and contributions to SPACE both within and outside of the exhibition. Those who wish to express themselves in an exhibition context and in relation to this theme submitted work for consideration. Items that have been accepted for exhibition have been published in an exhibition catalogue (click on the "VIEW CATALOGUE" button to the left). Click here to view photos of the Collisions exhibition. Click here to read more about the Collisions theme. For examples from the two previous years, check out The Human Body Exhibition catalogue by clicking here, or the Transforming Futures Exhibition catalogue by clicking here. This show features writing, notes, diagrams, artworks, sculptures,videos, and photos. Opening night is Thursday April 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, and there is also a performance of song and dance vignettes at 6:30 at Conrod's in Dawson College (1 minute walk from the gallery) entitled When Worlds Collide.
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The Last in Line by Zaki Saati (Alumnus, 3D Animation & CGI)
Monks by Jeffrey Esteban (Alumnus, 3D Animation & CGI)
The Messenger by Naomi Savoie & Carmelida Condemi (Alumni, 3D Animation & CGI)
Rembihnútur by Kim Simard (Faculty, Cinema, Video and Communications)
Bullets by Ruth Stewart-Patterson (Student, Cin/Vid/Com)
Sam byChris Forsyth, Ruth Stewart-Patterson (Students, Cin/Vid/Com)
Red by Camille Vaugeois-Young, Christina Spencer, Naomie Chartier-Auger, Ruth Stewart-Patterson (Students, Cin/Vid/Com)
Digging Picking Shedding by Giovana Olmos (Student, Cin/Vid/Com)
Incision by Alexander Lee, Brandon Haber, Jesse Ostroff, Kheanna Walker (Students, Cin/Vid/Com)
Les Hyènes en Muselière by Noémie Fortin-Brunet (Student, Cin/Vid/Com)
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The Day Anger Beat Up Sadness by Mathieu Larone.
When I went to see the exposition your piece stood out to me. The colours obviously were one of the reasons as well as the different expression that your characters displayed. I really like your style and I find that your use of vibrant colours and the subtle detail, not keeping the characters inside the frame add a lot to your pieces. Meaningful as much as expressive, your piece has personality, addressing how the « humans emotions and thoughts aren’t black and white » in a unique way. Personally, the thoughts like use of colour can be at time confusing. However you manage to make your piece balance and powerful.
The Messenger by Naomi Savoie & Carmelida Condemi
I love the dream-like aesthetic to this short film. The entire piece is very serene and beautiful, and it reminds me of something close to my childhood. The textures and imagery seem reminiscent of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, what with the prominent representation of swirls, wooden textures (such as on the man’s nose), large fish, windmills/lighthouses, and fishing boats. The idea of the man swimming in clouds is one I have never seen before, and absolutely love. Congratulations to Naomi Savoie and Carmelida Condemi for creating such an exquisite piece of work.
Overall, I believe this exhibition was a great success. I was amazed by the variety of interpretations for the word “Collisions” throughout the gallery. All artists have expressed some form of colliding force using different subject matters and mediums.
I was mostly intrigued by Luliana Irimia’s illustration “A New World”. I absolutely love the surrealist landscape she has created to represent the struggle between the rapid growths in population versus the limitation in resources which Earth cannot produce fast enough. At first glance, I did not notice the second figure in the background facing away from us. Her body is so well blended into the scenery. Irimia’s technique in creating depth is impressive. I feel like I can reach for the figure’s hand being stretched across the board. The contrasting details in the background and foreground truly create a believable atmospheric perspective. The use of small repetitive vertical lines on the mountains seems a lot further than the ones in the foreground with their thicker lines and drawing them in different angles. I am impressed with the fact that this is ink; I cannot point out any mistakes or corrections she might have made. Bravo!
Rachel Mudrosky “Untitled”
I really enjoyed the collisions exhibition and thought that the pieces were very powerful in expressing the artist’s definition of collision.
Rachel’s untitled piece depicts the difference between what women are expected to look like and what they “really” look like.The obese woman represents the real physical appearance of woman, while the skinny woman is resting on top of her oppressing her. The piece struck me at first sight as a very meaningful and deep work. The result was something beautiful showing off great skill for detail and human proportions. I also really enjoy how it isn`t very colorful as to keep the viewer concentrated on the subject rather than the visual appeal.
“Island” par Anjali Kasturi
La simplicité de cette œuvre est choquante, tout comme la précision des marques de crayons, ce qui rend la partie inferieur hyper réaliste. Le choix du haut contraste lumineux rend aussi l’image très intéressent, car elle fait un parallèle entre l’imaginaire et le réel. On pourrait interpréter le contraste en le comparant a un artiste, comme quoi l’artiste est totalement différent dans le monde réel et dans sa tête. Ainsi, le coté « noir » serait ce qui est impossible de voir à l’œil nu par le monde externe, soit la créativité. D’autre pars, j’aime beaucoup le coté gestuelle de l’œuvre présent dans la tache d’encre. Celle-ci entre en collision avec la précision du corps humain. Il y a donc une présence de collision, autant dans le choix des couleurs, que dans les techniques utilisées. En somme, je trouve que cette œuvre est réussis et qu’elle occupe bien sa place au sein de l’exposition.
There are so many words or ideas that come from the word collisions, and the students did a great job to get that idea across. They all interpreted the theme of Collisions differently. It was inspiring to see that everyone had completely different ideas and everything fit in each other very nicely.
I really enjoyed the Collision exhibit; the artworks were all interesting and thought-provoking. One of the artwork that I really liked was the “An Ethereal Apparition” by Yu Xiang Ren. The drawing was very well rendered due to all the small details that were carefully made. The minimal use of color makes the work even more interesting; the color captivates your attention due to its strong contrast against all the dark. The artist’s statement encapsulated very well the general meaning of the work. The message intended for the audience causes people to reflect about our world and the artwork does a very good job in making the statement clear and understandable.
Mind Blown by Francis Boucher
In the collision exhibition this is the piece that most stood out for me because of the the raw look this piece has. I love the powerful expression drawn on the figure which clearly shows the frustration and madness the character is going through. The figures emotion is also well complemented with the rough lines coming out of the man’s head and the markings make it seem as if the artist was actually angry and put much force and power in making these harsh lines. The use of white charcoal makes parts of the drawing really stand out from it’s darker background. Overall this piece is something that I can really relate to and maybe everyone can actually relate to when they are exposed to complete madness just like the end of the semester just like the artist pointed out.
“Island” by Anjali Kasturi
Overall this exhibit was very interesting and I really enjoyed all the artworks that took part in this exhibit. Although I really liked “Island"by Anjali Kasturi because its one of the pieces that caught my attention the most when I walked in. Whats interesting about this piece, is the use of dry and wet media that make it all the more noticeable. The use of an un-human head on a realistic human body with wet media lines in the background makes this piece really interesting and different. Which also makes it seem complete and really seems to fit in with the word “collisions”.
Luliana Irimia, Self Portrait.
An interesting approach to the self portrait which one does not come obviously. This piece really came forth for me because it also shows great skills when it comes to creating space through the use of perspective and tone. The work also manages to keep meaningfulness though it is well achieved, it doesn’t look like a sterile feat of perspective and practice. The drawing clearly has personality and meaning.
Luliana Irimia’s self portrait wanders from any usual portrait. It is different in ways how we usually identify others through the characteristics that are easily available to our eyes. However she shows us a point of view which not that many people can recognize (unless you’ve seen her feet). It is a great way to get away with a self portrait without identifying yourself.
Isabelle Brunette’s “Complimentary Collision” Is full of contrasts. The duality of the figures is marvellously enhanced by the strikingly black and white colour scheme. The geometry of the background does not distract from the main action, but instead enhances it. The angle that she chose to use is interesting and full of drama. The swirling fish are incredibly detailed and the scales are beautifully rendered perspective and aesthetically wise. The small details of the landscape are intriguing and suggest much to the imagination. Well done!
My favourite piece of the exhibit was Antonina’s ‘‘Sphygmus’‘. The fact that the blue and the red colours are there really show what the message of her piece is. I really enjoyed the fact that she put in a personal struggle as the main idea of her piece. You can really feel the tension and the struggle in her drawing. This is the piece that stood out the most to me, as I am sure many other people can relate to it. Another interesting point to me that really made the drawing interesting, was the fact that it is only white pencil on black paper. This is a rare thing to be seen in an artwork, so it made it that much more interesting.
I really enjoyed Antonina’s piece. Her drawing addresses her struggle with wanting to keep drawing while dealing with her arthritis. Not many people would be brave enough to talk about something so personal to them. The fact that she is so open is a refreshing change. It shows boldness which is something you need in art.
The hands are really drawn to detail you can see the wrinkles and lines that a real hand has. Antonina also makes good use of her white. It gives the piece a strong sense of contrast.
I love the colours that she added to her piece. The red really adds the feeling of tension within her wrist. The blue adds a kind of cooling effect; it conteracts with the read.
Overall this was a piece I really enjoyed.
I really enjoyed this piece. The lines show a smooth texture on the hair and the facial structure. You can clearly see what is close and far. My utmost favourite part is the mountains on the bottom left. You can really see the texture of the rocks and the shade. This piece gives you the urge to draw landscape.
Firstly, I found Iliana Irimia’s work of art “Self-Portrait” quite interesting and rather avant-garde. I found she puts out a great point by demonstrating that self-portraits do not necessarily need to be focused on the face; a classic element that shoes the emotions of the artist; nor does it have to have abstract elements to make it a good self-portrait. I found it the perspective (she included her feet) she took to create this work of art very surprising in a good way. The rather dark colours of this painting added a rather gloomy vibe to this painting. Secondly, I found Antonia Kallaur’s work of art quite interesting and rather abstract. I find the fact that she uses hands to represent her battle with regards to perusing her artistic passion was quite original and very powerful. The dark colours of this art work and that contrast between the blue hand and the red hand was really amazing. On a general note, I found that all of the paintings and works of art of this exhibition were mind boggling!
The exhibition is great! I can’t wait for next years show, I know myself and others are aspiring to be apart of it!
Luliana Irimia- A New World, 2013
When I walked into the exhibition, I was very impressed by the overall quality of the works presented. I find interesting to see how each artist has a different and personal approach to the theme of collision. What I like about Luliana Irimia’s work is that she doesn’t make the “collision"theme too obvious in her work. So, the intrigued viewer has to read about it in order to understand the correlation with the theme. Moreover,I simply love the drawing skills of the artist; delicate, precise and realistically accurate. There is an amazing line quality in this drawing and also an excellent control of shading through crosshatching. Good Job!
I really enjoyed the collision exhibit catalogue but the art of Bruno Lauzon-Tanzi caught my eyes and I found myself truly intrigue by the sentence about the confusion of certain goals in life. In my opinion, I believed that the paragraph was able to explain that life isn’t just a straight line and that there isn’t a right way, just different path in achieving your goals. Already, at a young age we are taught that you’re supposed to go to university and that you should know what your life plan is, very young. As soon as you choose what your goals are, it is expected of you to follow it through. We live in an extremely competitive society and we are expected to always make the right decision which is impossible. Although, sometimes we are confused or having a difficult time, we are always rising to achieve our goals.
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Frank MulveyMay 3, 2014
Congratulations to all the participants: students, faculty, staff, alumni and people outside of the sphere of Dawson College. You have made your mark, and contributed to the rich and varied experience of this exhibition and catalogue project. On behalf of the SPACE coordination team, I thank you for your insight, your skill, your generosity and your courage to express your point of view on the theme of COLLISIONS.