A dynamic aspect of SPACE’s activities each year is the annual theme-based exhibition that is mounted in the Warren G. Flowers Gallery of Dawson College (4001 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal). The theme for the 2016-2017 academic year is GL.TCH. Those who wish to express themselves in an exhibition context and in relation to this theme submitted work for consideration.
The purpose of this exhibition is to challenge, enlighten, inspire and engage participants and viewers alike from a range of disciplines.
The GL.TCH exhibition will feature writing, notes, speculations, dialogues, diagrams, artifacts, technology, artworks, sculptures, installations, videos, and photos. Opening night is Thursday April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and the show runs from April 7 to April 20, 2017 (9:00 am to 9:00 pm, weekdays, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturdays).
Photograph by Don Corman, Director, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery.
Grand Opening photographs from April 6, 2017 by Nadine Premont, Professional Photography student at Dawson College.
The concept of this exhibition was really unique. I like how they took a term as simple as glitch and expanded it into multiple perspectives. It was interesting to see how different programs came together and created different pieces of art. There was the mechanical perspective, the photography section and even the mathematical view. I liked how it wasn’t only visual art but they had art in forms you can touch or hear. As for the theme, I think it’s something that everyone experiences everyday but isn’t necessarily aware of. I feel like the exhibition gave these students a sense of belonging or being a part of something. It made people come together and explore these feelings and thoughts.
The exhibit that caught my attention the most was the painting of Jesus. This caught my eye because it was beautiful and it demonstrated the the artists hard work. I would always go back to appreciate it because it was just well created.
The art I found interesting was “Portal” in which a portal was created where all the shapes were going in the same direction but the glitch was that there was a little section in the corner that the squares faced the other direction.
I found it interesting because it’s not something that catches your eye right away but then once you see it , it sticks out and that’s all you notice.
I connected it to the extent where in many of our lives, we follow other people, the majority, and the norms of what SHOULD be done. Although, the little square going in the other direction represents someone actively choosing something that’s not necessarily the most common choice.
What can I say about Simitsakos’ work? That not only St john’s eyes are open but mines are a bit more too? That this her work is a masterpiece? Or, that in one painting is hidden one of the mysteries of life? Yes a bit of all that. The “Emancipation of John” attracted me at first sight. I liked how the painter presented the separation of the flesh and the spirit as freedom itself; how sometimes we think we understand religion but only from the angle that it is presented. I admired how she expressed that spirituality also goes beyond the perimeter of religious practices but more importantly how she depicts St. John. The painter breaks the traditional view of this man, and illustrated him with pronounced corporal volume.She calls this difference the “glitch” of her painting. However, I also interpreted it as the widening of a religious view and, in some ways, she encouraged me to widen mine too.
One of the art work that represents me and my thoughts the most is “Abusive culture” by Esther Calixte-Bea. The painting itself was so full of meaning. The black women as a symbol of all the abuse that has been (and still is) done on the black community throughout the world. The arm out of the frame that is reaching for help. The despair in her face. Every little detail of this painting makes it an work of art. However, although the painting is very well done and represents what the abusive culture in which we live in does, what really made me like this piece of work is the description. As a person who respect the idea of freedom and free speech so much, it frustrates me when our thoughts and voices are being shut down by the popular culture. From what I see, people are no longer informing and educating themselves and believe every single things the media says and if you do not conform just like them, then you are stupid, intolerant and much more. One part of the text that I really liked is ” We are no longer slaves, but we are still prevented from having new or different ideas and opinions”. I really hope that those who read this text understand the importance of being free to think.
The illustration “We Had a Promise Made” by Dalouny Phonevilay is one of my favorites among the GL.TCH exhibition. This piece is without a doubt beautiful on its own. However, how well this image interacts with the theme makes it that much richer and enjoyable.
The artist explains that the daydream feel, achieved by using magenta, are used to represent a break in our timeline. I was astonished after reading this short description. It gave me a new found respect for their creativity. The “glitch” interpreted in so many different ways with this one leaving you to ponder. The flow, stop or pauses of time often feeling surreal can be interpreted as a glitch. It’s such a unique way of looking at it! With the visual accompaniment of the text I could really feel and see what they were conveying. You will not be disappointed to stumble upon this great piece!
The artwork “Artificial Interaction” by Isabel Moscoso really stuck to me and generated some reflections. The first thing that jumped to my eye was obviously the two peoples cuddling in a public transport. Choosing such a location is perfect as it truly showcases her message: the coldness of today’s society in contrast with the warm of a real-life human interaction. The metro, train or bus is probably one of the places we meet the most strangers. Despites standing or sitting a few inches apart, the rides stays mostly silent. Immerged in our screens, it’s almost like the others didn’t exist. Seen the lady lovingly letting the other one rest on her shoulders is a huge contrast from what we are used to see in this situation. This topic is especially relevant in the context of Covid-19 during which many is starved from real-life interaction and affection. Hopefully we will learn to value those things more after the end of this pandemic…
“The Gift” by Paula Venegas is another one of my favorites amongst this exhibition for simple reason: the intended message is clear and very important. We were gifted such a beautiful planet, full of wonders and things to explore. Taking care of our own planet should be second nature to us but yet, we were able to destroy so much of it. What I find the most impactful is the lack of colors everywhere except on the television as it represents our earth. The other thing that jumped to me is the fact that we sometimes chose to look at our planet or the nature on an electronic device – object that is polluting the earth everyday – instead of walking out and see it for real. Of course, you could argue that some people live in area where nature is hardly seen… But isn’t this a clear proof that we went too far?
The artwork “We Had a Promise Made” by Dalouny Phonevilay is one of the best art pieces I have seen in the exhibition The GL.TCH. When you first look at the work you get a sense of imagination and creativity almost as though you are in a dream state of mind or even feel as though you are stepping into a new reality where you can be yourself and where there is no negativity and hatred in the world. Even how the artist mentions that “the magenta represents a break in our timeline”, it makes us want to believe that that reality is true since its so beautiful and relaxing.
“Cut Shot” by Sarah Tue- Fee does remind me of the concrete like jungles most humans build their cities on. Once you exit the city, a vast forest of trees and nature awaits. It’s as if the city was “like a puzzle that doesn’t quit fit together” with nature just beside it as the description of the piece implies. In addition, humans tend to forget that cities where once part of nature at some point. Roads built over soft earth, trees and their roots. Malls, parking lots and golf courses built over swamps after its water has been drained. We then forget about the animals we killed in the process and the ones who were lucky to survive the destruction of their habitat, but still had to find a new home in the end. Eventually, they will have to find another home after humans extend their territory, destroying the home the animals just managed to settle on. Humans while playing golf and enjoying luxuries forget the pain they caused for their own amusement.
“The gift” by Paula Venegas really made me think about the importance of taking care of our earth instead of having our main interests be surround what new tv series we should watch tonight. Unfortunately, this piece shows that humanities priorities are in the wrong place and we need to put more focus on taking care of nature and our environment instead of focusing on money and technology. As a result we will only end up destroying our earth and something that really impacted me strongly was when the author mentioned that we are not going to get a second chance at taking care of our earth therefore we need to start taking action immediately. Therefore, this artwork is truly moving because it shows one of the devastating ways our movie can end, and this really allowed me to think about how my actions have really affected the earth and how I need to change my ways with the limited time we have.
THE GIFT, 2016
The Art behind this speaks volumes, because even without the description, we could somehow understand the meaning behind the image. I love the concept of the image where people seem to be “absent” when it comes to the earth on the flower (the center of the piece) being the gift. What interested me the most from this piece was the part where it says, “Despite this, our planet is not a gift we will receive twice”. Some people think that there is life in another planet, but why should we give up on taking good care of this one? We often forget that we would not exist without planet Earth, but it can live without us. This piece is a good reminder for us to take care of our home just like how it took care of us. Also, “Earth Day” should not only be celebrated once a year, but it should be celebrated and appreciated everyday.
The artwork that caught my attention in this exhibition is #staywoke by Nathanael Fleurine. The picture itself is quite simple but the sleeping man cut into pieces in order to sleep on the metro bench sends the intended message even if no explanation was given by the artist. Walking around Montreal this summer, I came across many designs, some more subtle than others, integrated into metros, parks, and sidewalks to prevent homeless people to occupy those spaces. In addition to that, the lack of accessible resources such as jobs and housing, one might come to the conclusion that the city of Montreal does not have a problem with homelessness but rather those who are homeless.
The art that caught my attention was that of Isabel Moscoso. This piece is beautifully detailed and I specifically find the head of the leaning person to be what makes this piece stand out. The “mauvaise connexion” really can be interpreted by the viewer in so many different ways such as the overuse of technology as stated by the artist as well. It speaks to so many levels of how our society functions and the problems that arise with technology.
The piece that resonated with me was that by Kiana Ouisa. What stood out to me was the concept of the man stabbing his own back. The beauty of this piece aswell is that it can be interpreted in many different ways one of which can be addiction. From drugs or alcohol to actions such as patterns in behavior, Humans have the tendency to “stab their own backs” and cause pain to themselves sometimes involuntarily.
The piece by Kiana Ousia has a very strong message that a lot of individuals such as myself and others can relate too. We as humans perform actions that we think are “generous” or “kind” for others but in the long run, they end up hurting themselves in the process and the damage doesn’t process until its too late. another possible perspective can be being in a toxic relationship and the longer the relationship last the more damage it does.
The artwork by Abdul Buhari “the death of the American dream” really stood out to me in a sense that now America is no longer seen as the land of the free. they are facing all kinds of backlash from the recent protest and the presidential campaign. The Americans are no longer considered the perfect nation since all their hidden agendas are being exposed.
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Ashley ReisApril 20, 2017
The Glitch that was presented in the gallery was not only the idea of something that is technically malfunctioning, but the general idea of how in everyone lives something happens that does not follow the usual. The works of art that were shown were very creative and interesting to read about and look at. They each had their own unique theme and you can see the hard work and dedication that was put into it. I loved the idea of how everyone in Dawson came together to represent a glitch they experienced. It shows how not everyone life is perfect and that there are parts where this become difficult or not ordinary.