Kwantlen Polytechnic University BFA Visual Arts Grad Catalog April 2012

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Catalogue featuring the first BFA Visual Arts graduates at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Text of Kwantlen Polytechnic University BFA Visual Arts Grad Catalog April 2012

ForwardI was at a dinner party recently when the topic of BFAs came up. It was a story told by a doctor, no less, who began his tale during our meal of a hired hand on his fathers farm. The hired hand, after being in the employ of the family for many years, resigned to further his studies. He first completed a degree in Education but soon became disillusioned by the apathy of the students he was teaching. Our hero then decided to become an artist and pursued a degree in Fine Arts. The doctors story culminated at the point when some years later the former farmhand, jobless, was forced to return to the farm and resume his previous work after having hit the end of the line once completing his Bachelor of Fuck All (the doctors words). I bit my tongue and tried to take the high road. I dont know what kind of response he was expecting, telling a story like that to a room full of artists and musicians. I can only hope that, after asking me soon afterward what my background was, the doctor felt sufficiently small. Although this particular doctors arrogance (and the wine) may have coloured the situation, his opinion is unfortunately all too common. Since the 19th century and the onslaught of modernity, a blind faith in progress has resulted in a world focused on streamlined productivity, profit and a mechanistic approach to living that has left very little space for the contemplative. If the purpose of an activity or object is not immediately apparent, its life may be all too short. The artists graduating from our program have spent four years looking for what perhaps could best be described in the words of the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant as purposiveness without purpose. In opposition to the move toward speed and immediate gratification, the Fine Arts program is dedicated to looking more closely, questioning everything, and taking an active role in creating varied experiences (be it visual, auditory, or physical). In a culture filled with the malaise of the immediate, these eleven artists are the perfect antidote to a sickness I dont think the good doctor has a hope in hell of fixing.

Robert Gelineau Department of Fine Arts

In memory of Margaretta Bootsma 1953-2011 remembered as an expressive and intuitive artist and teacher

Grad Show& Open Studio & Thesis 4400

Fine Arts Grad ExhibitionApril 13 - 18, 2012 Kwanten Polytechnic University Cloverdale Campus Surrey BC

April 2012

Andres Salez poster design Emily Jae Young Han cover design Elizabeth Anderson editor & layout design

Heartfelt appreciation to all the teachers andtech assistants who were our guides, mentors and cheer leaders throughout our artistic journey. It is very exciting to be among the first graduates to earn our BFA at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Elizabeth Anderson

December 2011 BFA graduate

Fragments in Light capture single moments of memory. The theme is a passing through a lifes time, an archaeological dig revealing one past fragment at a time. Meaning is constructed by putting the pieces together and filling in the gaps. Personal memories frequently appear in random order and pop up sometimes without warning and can be triggered by sound, time, or taste. Memory tells a story in a non-linear fashion. The form and structure of this piece uses hard surfaces, fragile digital prints on tracing paper and coated with wax. Light shines through illuminating the images in each box. I am playing with the materials as a metaphor of how there is a desire to preserve certain memories whether personal or public archival collections as well as referencing early technical innovations in photography and film. While Fragments in Light refers to personal archive of memory Near Journeys End is about coming to terms with mortality, integrating past with the present. Its important that the video passes through the air in addition to the audio- my voice, a form of being present in the same space as the viewer.

Near Journeys End, 2011Video installation

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April 13 - 18, 2012.

Fragments in Light, 2011

Mixed Media: Waxed digital images in sheet metal light boxes,

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Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Kenny Chui

April 2012 BFA graduate

The Existence of Absence consists of two projection installations that play with the idea of presence and absence. I wanted to make an art piece that will only exist during the exhibition and then have it lose its meaning over time. I wanted it to become nothing after the exhibition is over. That is why I chose projection as my medium. By injecting myself into the artwork, it symbolizes the feelings I have at the moment. I am only alive when the projection is on; once the exhibition ends and the projectors are turned off, I will no longer exist.

Existence of Absence

Video installation and paper sculpture, 2011.

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April 13 - 18, 2012.

Existence of Absence

Video installation and paper sculpture, 2011

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Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Emily Jae Young Han

Grounded Ungroundedness 20126ft x 6ft, metal pipes and metal wires

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April 13 - 18, 2012.

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Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Kelsey Lacroix

April 2012 BFA graduate

My latest work is the result of an exploratory process, in which I created sculpture and drawings, on the theme of personal legends and life Journeys. The dome sculptures are made out of driftwood I collected from White Rock Beach where I go to contemplate. The domes are held together with PL200 and screws to keep them durable. I used willow charcoal on Stonehenge paper and transparent papers that have been mounted on the wall in chaotic layers. Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor who creates art from natures natural resources, influences the formal and sculptural qualities of my work. I was particularly swayed to build more permanent sculptures in similarity to Goldsworthys River and Tides, 2001, work where he built an enormous and impermanent dome out driftwood that he found on the side of the riverbank. I chose to work with driftwood because it is what I believe to be the perfect symbol as a metaphor representing life journeys. Each piece of driftwood is not only beautiful but is aesthetically individualized. Driftwood is like a person; each distinct feature shows the personal journey it has travelled. It reveals that is from an Island or another land across a body of water, is from a particular tree in possibly another climate and has fallen off a boat or somewhere else in the world to drift and land on the shore. I am interested in the theme of journeys because I question the journey that people travel in their life span of less than 100 years and am lost to where I may go in mine. I used the circular dome shape in representation of the circle of life. The drawings aggressive markings of charcoal and eraser is the physical release of my mental angst of being caught in a spiraling and continuing cycle of deciding where I plan to drift to next in my personal journey.

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April 13 - 18, 2012.

Drifted, 2011Installation, driftwood, charcoal, chalk

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Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Debbie Langtry

April 2012 BFA graduate

Home isnt necessarily the place you live, but the familiar space or idea you depart from. We often leave home to find a sense of individuality only to discover that weve either brought it with us, or are drawn to return to it. This concept inspired my current series of work called Home Sick. It explores the dynamics around conforming to cultural and familial expectations. As a woman, I find that no matter how much empowerment, individuality or progress I believe can be obtained, there is no escape from expectations that never allow me to stray too far from home. Sculpture is my main focus but I also create installations, paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography and video. Mixed media and experimentation are a large part of my creative process.

Muscle Memory, 2012, video installation,

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April 13 - 18, 2012.

Self-portrait (Chameleon), (2012), paraffin wax sculpture and mixed media Self-portrait (Chameleon) detail, (2012), paraffin wax sculpture and mixed media Cubating, (2012), Kinetic sculpture and mixed media Home Sick detail, (2012), paraffin wax and mixed media installation17

Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Chelsea Lawrick

April 2012 BFA graduate

This body of work is concerned with the relationship between humans and nonhuman animals. Using painting as a medium of expression where the space can be non-literal, the works contain images of taxidermy and non-taxidermy dead animals to represent the notions of the trophy, domination and animal identity. I am interested in the moment when the once living animal becomes an object of collection, display, memory and pride. We separate ourselves from our primitive instincts in the name of a civil society but still express it through hunting re-named sport. Concurrently, we show off the triumph of the kill through taxidermy and display, similar to the way a cat will bring a captured bird home to show their human owner.

Look What Father Brought Home 2011 Collecting Pride, 5 x 5 oil on canvaswww.chelsealawrick.com18

4 x 5 , oil on canvas

April 13 - 18, 2012.

Look What the Cat Dragged In 2011 oil on wood panel The Housecats Trophy 2011 48x30 oil on wood panel

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Grad Show & Open Studio 4400

Yvonne LeeOverwhelming Modern is a video showing images of Richmond and manipulating them into something new, and something out of the ordinary. The piece symbolizes how