2021-2022 vitrine programming is organized by Artlab Gallery intern Xiaoyi Cao (Charlotte)
Xiaoyi Cao (Charlotte) is a fourth-year student with a double major in Studio Art and Art History and Media, Information & Technoculture. Her practice includes painting, drawing, visual design, photography, and animation. As an intern at the ArtLab Gallery, her responsibility includes the management and curating of the gallery vitrine, graphic design, video recording and editing. During her internship, she is trying to promote ArtLab programming to more students and provide them with opportunities to display their work. After completing graduation at Western, Cao plans to work in Toronto or Montreal for a year, as an artist or designer intern, before continuing her education with an MA degree.
From the archives and an installation component by Xiaoyi Cao
October 7 -21, 2021
Working from the Artlab Gallery archives, I selected a poster designed by Christine Negus for a film screening that was hosted in 2014 titled Banana Hands. The image on the poster resonated with me and a recent work that I learned about by Maurizio Cattela called the Comedian, in which the artist installed a banana onto the gallery wall using duct tape. Selling for $120,000 this work mocked capitalism and the evaluation of art markets. The juxtapositon of these two artworks captures a variety of perspectives in seeing the world -- reality can be different things, just like the banana.
March 29 - April 9, 2021
“formful” – displaying excellent form, especially in performing a sport.
Tyler Jafelice’s vitrine exhibition formful is an arrangement of sculptures that explore what it means for one type of body to express multiple stages or states of being. Jafelice contemplated the way athletics puts a single body through multiple states such as “weariness”, “tension”, or “balance”. He then translated these three concepts into melted candle sculptures. No adhesive or glue was used to make these works, only cutting, carving, and melting separate parts together. Much like a body, nothing holds these works together but their own flesh. The sculptures are divided into three regions; one region representing weariness, one representing tension, and one representing balance (from left to right). However, elements of all three stages can be found in each work.
Tyler Jafelice on Instagram.
息抜き / ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather
March 1 – 14, 2021
Artist’s statement: When most people think of photography, they think of photos of an object, maybe a landscape, or a portrait of a person. It’s easy to forget that photography is really just the study of light and that’s what I wanted to explore in this work. I wanted to take the features that make up a composition- a model, a room, furniture- and reduce them to just colour, shadows, and light. In doing this, it opens up a much wider opportunity for the viewer to interpret the work. It asks questions and has an air of mystery about it. I want these images to provoke feelings in the viewer, but feelings that are varied and personal to each individual. Does the image make you feel warm? Cozy? A little sexy? Does it make you feel vibrant, or does it remind you of summer? The world is a crazy place right now, and it can promote a lot of bad feelings. I want people to look at my work and walk away with a positive feeling that they can pass on to the next person they see. We all need that good feeling now more than ever.
Holly Granken’s website.
Holly Granken on Instagram.
In fact, it wasn't on my mind at all.
February 1 - 14, 2021
Artist's statement: "In fact, it wasn’t on my mind at all." is a series of three paintings of locations from the home I grew up in painted from memory. The series acts both as a self portrait series, and a series of narratives described in the titles of the works. These function as stanzas to a larger narrative poem with the light source being the place described in the titles, and where the subject of the poems physically exists to affect the space around them. The illuminated space illustrates the way a location is perceived through experiences, emotion, and memory.
Tia Bates on Instagram.
I Never Said It
January 11 - 24th, 2021
Artist's statement: My series, “I Never Said It,” acts as a sculptural representation of my relationship to people, and the censoring of thoughts which sometimes occurs. The bottles contain pieces of writing that are things I have never told, and will never tell anyone. They speak to a larger issue of communication for myself and perhaps others, revealing some thoughts but not all, either because they’re not socially acceptable or simply too much time has passed for me to say them. The glass bottles represent the duality and complex nature of relationships, by being open to see but simultaneously closed off to touch.
Meghan Goddard on Instagram.
Artlab Vitrine 2019-2020
Programming by Shurui Wang (Mavis), past Artlab Gallery Intern.
Shurui Wang (Mavis) is purshing her honors specialization in both Studio and Art History. She has a great interest in curation. During her college years, she worked as an intern, or volunteer, in museums and art galleries in both China and Canada. As an intern at Artlab Gallery, her responsibilities included the management and curating of the ArtLab Vitrine, exhibition and event poster design, media materials and grant writing. During this time, she focused on connecting local artists in London, Ontario with the Department of Visual Arts in order to enhance students' connections with the art community by introducing local artists' works. After completing her undergraduate degree at Western, Mavis will move to London, England for graduate study, where she will focus on connecting curatorial knowledge with interaction design.
February 27 - March 14, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM
In making these sculptures, I contemplated funerary rituals, embalming processes, and the human urge to preserve what has already been lost. I was also concerned with the death of the environment, and what mourning rituals might be undertaken to deal with this decline. Funerary Doll consists of a figure made from clay I dug up from my parents’ garden and refined over a process of days. It is encased in beeswax, and lays in a coffin decorated with plants foraged from my childhood neighbourhood. In Bones of the Saints, three sticks resembling bones lay inside a glass case inspired by medieval reliquaries.
Funerary Doll, 2019. Clay from my parents' garden, beeswax, garden flowers, sumac cones, walnut leaves, found box, wool, cotton and beach glass. Bones of the Saints, 2020. Oak, glass, lead, silk and twigs.
Fangyuan Zhao (Jamie) and Shurui Wang (Mavis)
January 30 - February 13, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30 from 5-7pm
This collaborative work investigates environmental issues, specifically those dealing with plastic. Here the artists attempt to create “contemporary amber,” encapsulating plastic fragments in clear resin. As one of the most difficult materials to degrade, plastic's impact on the environment and biosphere cannot be underestimated. How should we react to artificially created artifacts as part of the planet?
Dinosaur Collections (Play tricks on me)
January 09 - January 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 09 from 5-7pm
This exhibtion features a collection of lithography prints by Yanru Zhou. Thematically this body of work juxtaposes contemporary culture with extinct dinosaurs, collapses the space between current and prehistoric time. The five prints are produced to create a loose narrative in which dinosaurs are playing, eating and living like humans, however viewers can simultaneously see shoes, clothing and other objects. Zhou intends to create a world with both conflicting and amusing elements.
November 21 - December 05, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21 from 5-7pm
Ruth Skinner, founder of Edna Press, is currently a PhD candidate at Western University. Her research focuses on artists books and publishing practices. Through this approach, she often works in collaboration with other artists and researchers to produce publications.
Art publishing is an important part of visual culture, its diversity, economy and multiplicity allows it to suite numerous different objectives. Art publications come in many forms, both as archives of existing art and as works of art themselves.
October 3 - October 17, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3 from 5-7pm
Christos Angelopoulos is a London-based artist, who works in a variety of media including oils, acrylics and inks. His subject matter often focuses on elements of nature and personal observations. He is currently working on a new series of paintings from his studio in Argos Greece.
Angelopoulos has four paintings on display this time in Artlab Vitrine, these show his exploration of materials at different times, including two of his series of works on trees.
Abstract #12, Oil on panel, 2018
Two Together Is Still Not One, Oil on panel, 2018
Mist or Tree, Ink and pencil on paper, 2016
Gold Brown Landscape, Ink on paper, 2016.
2018-2019 programming by Kayleen Tosello, Artlab Gallery Intern.
Kayleen Tosello is a fourth-year student with an honours specialization in both Studio and Art History. Her practice includes printmaking, painting and photography. As Artlab Gallery intern her responsibilities include managing and curating the gallery vitrine, grant writing, and creating poster designs + press material. During her internship she intends to focus on providing students with opportunities to display their work in alternative spaces. Following completion of her BFA at Western University, Kayleen will be working as an intern in Interior Design and Architecture in New York this summer, after which she intends to complete her MA in Architecture at Ryerson University.
February 27 - March 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 27 from 5-7pm
January 31 - February 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm
January 10 - 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10 from 5-7pm
time stood still
November 15 - Deceber 05, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 from 5-7pm
Collection of Essence
November 01 - 06, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 from 5-7pm