GardenShip and State Panel Discussion with Paul Chartrand and Michelle Wilson | Art Now! and Museum London
October 14, 2021
In partnership with Museum London, Art Now! is pleased to present a panel discussion with Paul Chartrand (MFA'17) and Michelle Wilson (PhD Candidate) moderated by Patrick Mahon, Western professor and curator of "GardenShip and State." October 21, 7PM in room MC-105B (open to Western students only). A recording will be made available to the public following the event.
October 14, 2021
PhD Candidate, Aryen Hoekstra's "Untitled (moving objects)" (2021) is an installation of provisional sculptures created from 12 moving blankets and a number of objects found in the gallery that have previously had direct contact with artworks. The blankets, wrap and gloves acknowledge the materially fragile nature of the works that have and will enter this exhibition space, their dual existences as both artwork and object, and their always potential profanation.
McIntosh Gallery & Art Now!, October 13, 2021
In case you missed it, a recording of The Botanical Turn panel discussion hosted on Zoom in partnership with the Western University Department of Visual Arts Art Now! Speaker Series is now posted online. Moderated by exhibition curator Dr. Helen Gregory, The Botanical Turn artists discussed how plants and botanical imagery have informed their art practices.
Centre for Sustainable Curating, October 13, 2021
Join postdoctoral fellows Zoë Heyn-Jones and Amanda White for a series of virtual meetings over the coming year as we discuss books on our research reading lists. For the fall term, we welcome those interested and invite you to join us for a casual discussion of either or both of the following books: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown (2017) and A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None by Kathryn Yusoff (2019)
Museum London, October 07, 2021
GardenShip and State is now open at Museum London! The exhibition features works produced over a two-year period – the results of conversations between the artists and writers, oftentimes with members of their local communities. GardenShip and State was curated by Jeff Thomas and Visual Arts Professor Patrick Mahon and features several Department of Visual Arts students and alumni.
Centre for Sustainable Curating, September 23, 2021
The postdoctoral fellows at the Centre for Sustainable Curating in the Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with the Theatre Studies at Western program invite you to join us in a durational reading of the executive summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (TRC), part of an initiative by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Join us on Zoom every Wednesday from 11-am-12pm EDT/EST beginning on 29 September 2021 to read the document out loud together until completion. Registration required.
Kim Neudorf, Akimbo, September 22, 2021
Organized by the Embassy Cultural House as part of their recently revitalized series of socially engaged community projects in London and beyond, Intercambio/Exchange at Support Project Space highlights local artists Ron Benner, Patricia Deadman, Duncan DeKergommeaux, Mireya Folch-Serra, Anahí González, Gildo Gonzalez, Jamelie Hassan, Carlos Lores, Kim Moodie, Oscar Ortiz, Jenna Rose Sands, and Jean Spence – all of whose work has past and present ties with specific sites in Mexico, such as Oaxaca, Mexico City, Merida, San Miguel de Allende, and Saltillo. Intercambio/Exchange at Support Project Space is on view September 27 to October 18, 2021. Image: Anahi Gonzalez, Always Fresco, 2021, inkjet print.
Satellite Project Space, September 15, 2021
A dual exhibition of works by our Department's 2nd-year MFA candidates, Michelle Paterok and Brianne Casey opened September 15, 2021 at Satellite Project Space and is on view until September 25, 2021. ⠀
Keri Ferguson, Western News, September 10, 2021
PhD candidate Michelle Wilson leads exhibition, symposium that explore ties between bison and colonialism
Ira Kazi, The Scattered Pelican, September 08, 2021
PhD candidate, Ira Kazi published an article in the summer issue of The Scattered Pelican. In this paper, Ira examines the works of Toronto-based artist Maria Qamar (1991-), who is also known as Hatecopy. Qamar, who is half-Bengali and half-Gujrati, was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada at a young age. Through her satirical Pop Art inspired works, she explores the complex negotiation of cultural identity and gives a much-needed voice to those navigating South Asian diasporic identity in Western society.
Ana Moyer, August 31, 2021, August 31, 2021
In this commissioned exhibition essay, Ph.D. student Ana Moyer considers artist and recent MFA graduate Tommy Bourque's Marvelous Monsters within the context of art historical references, "visuals of the tentacular," and pressing climate concerns.
Artlab Gallery, July 14, 2021
The Artlab is pleased to be able to open to appointments for the last day of Tommy Bourque's exhibition, Friday, July 16th, 2021. To schedule your visit, please do so online using the link below. If you have questions or are seeking additional information regarding your next visit to the gallery, feel free to reach out to the Gallery Manager at email@example.com For ongoing coverage of COVID-19 protocol and operations at Western University, visit https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/
Artlab Gallery, July 14, 2021
The Other Neighbour of El Otro Lado explores themes of Mexican migration in Canada, engaging with ideas of human labour and various indexes of Mexican culture, trade, and economic exchange. With two simultaneous exhibitions in two locations: the Artlab (London, ON, Canada) and El NODO (Saltillo, COAH, Mexico), the show echoes the importance of creating a visual narrative between both countries to decenter the United States narrative concerning Mexican migration.
Artlab Gallery, June 21, 2021
"Marvelous Monsters" presents speculative worlds and speculative figures. Tommy Bourque’s MFA thesis exhibition is a mirror of what it is like to be alive: he wants viewers to connect and engage with his work to confront their understanding of their own embodiment and of their own lived experiences 'as' bodies and 'in' bodies.
McIntosh Gallery, June 18, 2021
becoming again beginning undone an exhibition by PhD candidate, Ellen Moffat will open virtually beginning June 24 on McIntosh Gallery’s social media and website. In the exhibition, small sounds, image, text, rhythms, and tonalities bleed into and mix with each other, transgressing the borders of the gallery space.
McIntosh Gallery, June 18, 2021
'The No No-Exit Closet' Faith Patrick, an MFA Thesis Exhibition hosted by McIntosh Gallery will open virtually beginning June 24 on McIntosh Gallery’s social media and website, where exhibition documentation and virtual walk-throughs will be posted through the exhibitions’ duration.
May 27, 2021
What do we lose through our continuous pursuits of permanence? What might we be missing along the way? Rebecca Sutherland's thesis exhibition, Fleet, makes use of floral material deemed commercially undesirable in a poetic and inventive collaboration with the passage of time and the shifting qualities of lived and imagined spaces.
May 27, 2021
The noonday demon forges summertime into a long ruinous torpor, an endless day of indisputable midday twilight. It thaws my spine, splintering in waves, dividing quantum particles in my retina. Black light seeps through all matter, eating through surfaces, perforating walls, streaming through corners. Dissolved vitreous humor, refracting everywhere. The brightness is so thick in its transparency that I see the darkness of cosmic void shimmering behind it in infinite planes. I look at my arms on the bleached carpet, my flesh embedded in broiling photons, stretching through levels of matter and nothingness, sweating, withered reflections. Cups, papers, furniture, hair, dust, all film, all surface, all the way through, radiating as if the sun was underground, stirring with electric velocity. Albedo, nigredo, suspended in exacting putrefaction. The noonday demon speaks in liquid vision, feeds on my hours, spews a diffused gaze of open horror. At night the heat continues its entropic curse until dawn. Shade is just another form of brightness. All senses become black light, doomed in scorching resonance of leaves and crickets and cicadas and other lives, luminous textures pouring over, lustrous scents of dusty vapour, dehydration glowing on my tongue. Phonemes dried up, inarticulate, I am all image. Exhibition text written by Sasha Opeiko
May 13, 2021
Recent MFA graduate Matt W. Brown tours us though his recent thesis exhibition, On Ground. Hear Matt discuss the deeply personal events and emotions that underlie this body of work. Matt also shares his formal and material considerations of colour as well as our embodied and perceptive experiences colour.
April 30, 2021
The Embassy Cultural House (ECH) and GardenShip and State are pleased to present a virtual group exhibition Stop Extinction! Restore the Earth to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Work in the exhibit features several artists from the Department of Visual Arts, within the ECH community and Gardenship and State participating artists. Artworks in the exhibit address the broad issues related to the climate crisis, and other threats to our ecology. Works also address the intersection of sustainable living and the respect for Indigenous land rights. Registration Required.
April 28, 2021
“In my telling, the Cyclops’ story is a revenge story…." View a video tour of His House Will Leak, currently installed in the Cohen Commons and created by students in Professor Kirsty Robertson's graduate seminar, "Museum/Decay." The video is narrated by Ioana Dragomir and the exhibition features works by Sarah Charette, Ioana Dragomir, Philip Gurrey, Ana Moyer, Dong-Kyoon Nam, Sasha Opeiko, Tessa Oxtoby and Elena Solomon.
April 16, 2021
Matt W. Brown’s MFA thesis exhibition, On Ground, exhibits a series of paintings began as an effort to locate oneself during a period of profound grief. Through material investigation and evaporation, these paintings are what remains of an immanent departure: something akin to empty containers, wrappers or envelopes. While the water responsible for the markings left behind on the paper surface is removed, its invisible presence as vapour is called to mind through trace.
March 04, 2021
The McIntosh Gallery will be re-opening the gallery by appointment with "Written on Earth" a group exhibition curated by Helen Gregory and project managed by Patrick Mahon, presented in collaboration with the Northern Tornadoes project at Western Engineering. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.
February 25, 2021
tba, the graduate students' journal of the Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to announce the call for papers/art submissions for the upcoming issue of tba. This issue will explore the meanings of and themes pertaining to the idea of reworlding. We view reworlding as a concerted and collaborative effort to reimagine our spaces by building upon a deconstructed, decentered, unfixed understanding of a world changeable by art that puts forth alternative temporal and spatial possibilities. This kind of reworlding offers possibilities of rethinking of ideas of unity by generating a multiplicity of futures with which to affect the present. Send us your thoughtful investigations, careful evaluations, and creative assessments of the concept of reworlding. Articles and artworks (sound, video, photography, paintings, drawings) are welcome! Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30, 2021.
Artlab Gallery, February 04, 2021
Upcoming at the Artlab is Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of Stained-Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON. In this exciting collaboration, artist Anahí González, curator Iraboty Kazi, and Dr. C. Cody Barteet explore the visual and aural sensations of being inside St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in London, Ontario. Videos and photographs taken by González during visits to the church inspire explorations of the stained-glass windows in relation to art and local history. This exhibition is a part of Dr. Barteet’s research program, "Preserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario as a Model for the Anglican Diocese of Huron," a project funded by the University of Western Ontario.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, February 04, 2021
Gallery Manager Ruth Skinner discusses the recent exhibition 'Distance makes the heart grow weak" with Western News. Learn more about how the pandemic promoted a show of 'seperate togtherness'.
tba: Journal of Art, Media and Visual Culture, December 15, 2020
The Visual Arts graduate students’ journal, tba: journal of art, media, and visual culture will release its second annual edition on Wednesday, December 16th! The theme is Splinter and the journal contains contributions from writers and artists in Canada and the US.
December 01, 2020
Satellite Project Space presents MFA candidate Jérôme Conquy's thesis exhibition, "Pharmakon: Acts, Traces, and Maps" December 9 to December 12, 2020
October 25, 2020
The Artlab Gallery is pleased to present MFA candidate Sepideh Tajalizadeh Dashti’s thesis exhibition, "To Be Me" October 26 to November 12, 2020.
Artlab Gallery, October 05, 2020
Second year MFA Exhibition on view at Artlab Gallery, featuring the works of Anahí González, Rebecca Sutherland, Declan Hoy, Tommy Bourque and Faith Patrick. The Artlab Gallery and Cohen Commons are operating virtually. In-person visits are not permitted at this time, please visit our website for images of the exhibition and follow our social media for upcoming virtual exhibition tours.
McIntosh Gallery, September 01, 2020
Ask Ellis, by MFA candidate Matt W. Brown is on view now at the McIntosh Gallery. An appointment is required to view this exhibition. Please contact James Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
Artlab Gallery, August 12, 2020
The Artlab Gallery is pleased to reopen by appointment with MFA candidate George Kubresli’s thesis exhibition, The Hell of a Boiling Red. On view August 13 – August 27, 2020, please e-mail email@example.com to schedule your visit.
Zalucky Contemporary, August 12, 2020
'still, unfolding' Ramolen Laruan, an MFA Thesis Exhibition hosted by Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto) is on view August 14 – 22, 2020. The Gallery is open Friday and Saturday 1-6PM or by appointment. For more information or to schedule a visit, please see www.zaluckycontemporary.com
Greenwood UTM, Blackwood Gallery, August 04, 2020
Ashley Snook (PhD candidate) and Lele Lin (4th year Undergrad in Visual Art and Art History) were recently included in a new digital publication, 'Time Out' published by students from Greenwood UTM at Blackwood Gallery. Read the full publication online.
McIntosh Gallery, July 10, 2020
"Prototype for the Soul" traces the relationship between traditional literary narrative texts and digital media. MFA Thesis exhibition by Yas Nik Khoshgrudi is on view July 10-24 at the McIntosh Gallery. Please note: An appointment is required to view this exhibition. Please contact James Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
June 09, 2020
Congratulations to our Undergraduate Class of 2020 and welcome to the Alumni Western Family! Thank you to everyone who has shared news about where they will be headed next year. Here are a few successes we'd like to highlight, if we've missed you, please email email@example.com and we'll include your news.
March 10, 2020
Please note that this event has been postponed. We have made this decision to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and campus community.
March 10, 2020
Curious about grad school? Not sure where to begin? Come out to the MSC's very first grad conference to hear from some of the brightest and most knowledgeable minds in the Department of Visual Arts! Join us from 6-8pm on Tuesday March 10th in room 100 of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, March 02, 2020
Visual Arts professor Kirsty Roberston, Director of Museum and Curatorial Studies, has led students in creating an exhibition reflecting on the vision of architect Buckminster Fuller. The nine students created individual projects and managed different aspects of the exhibition, including writing essays, graphic design, promotion, marketing and fundraising.
Artlab Gallery, February 24, 2020
Join us for the opening reception of an exhibition was curated by students in MCS4605E, our Museum and Curatorial Studies Practicum Class. Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM, at the Artlab Gallery. The exhibition continues February 27 - March 12, 2020
Cohen Commons, February 23, 2020
Join us Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM for the opening reception of ANEW in the Cohen Commons Gallery. Curated by MA candidate Harper Wellman. Featuring artwork by: Anahí Gonzáles, Kimerlyn Hawkins, Avery Lafortune, Ramolen Laruan, Rebecca Sutherland, and Michelle Wilson The reception will be held in conjunction with the opening for "Together We Average As Zero / Take 1" in the Artlab.
tba journal, February 10, 2020
tba invites exploration of ideas around “splinter.” By definition, “splinter” is a noun describing a thing that pierces and disrupts, or is a verb that conveys the action of shattering. A splinter is also a fragment of a larger object, or a foreign body that penetrates or is purposely injected, and becomes lodged. Submissions are due April 1, 2020. Visit the tba journal website to see past issues and learn more about submitting your work.
Cohen Commons, February 02, 2020
Co-presented by the Museum Studies Collective & Femme Art Review: join us for the launch of Femme Art Review's first print issue as well as the launch the 2020 MSC winter journal presented in partnership with the Artlab! 6:00-7:30pm on February 6th, 2020. Karalyn Reuben will be doing an artist talk for the launch at 6:30pm.
January 27, 2020
Art Now! Presents: Jamelie Hassan & Ruth Skinner; Presented in partnership with SASAH. Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Conron Hall, UC 3110.
Cohen Commons, January 17, 2020
To Dwell, To Remember is an exhibition consisting of four artists and Western MFA candidates exploring notions of 'home' predominantly from a feminist perspective. How do we define what makes a home after migrating from elsewhere, whether intentionally or due to displacement? January 9 - January 23, 2020 Reception: Thursday, January 9 from 5-7PM
January 14, 2020
In response to increased need for digital production and presentation space, The Department of Visual Arts will be undergoing a renovation in January-March 2020 to create a new “Digital Creativity Lab”. This new flex-space will facilitate student and faculty photo, video, audio, and digital production and presentation.
Artlab Gallery, January 08, 2020
"Suppose they are all put together" presents recent works by Aryen Hoekstra, Ellen Moffat, Eeva Siivonen, Ashley Snook, and Michelle Wilson. The artists are studio Ph.D. candidates at the Department of Visual Arts. January 9 – 23, 2020, Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9 from 5-7pm