It will be a busy week at the Barbados Community College, as its Fine Arts Department hosts its Visual Arts and Studio Art portfolio shows at the Campus.
When Bajan Vibes stopped in today, ahead of the opening this evening, the final year students in the associate degree in Visual arts were putting the final touches on their exhibition RISEN in the college’s Morning side Gallery.
And as we were given a sneak peak of the final year Bachelor in Fine Arts in studio art students’ presentation “Not For Sale”, one thing was clear, in every sense of the, as far as our artistic talents are concern, we could be selling ourselves short.
Not For Sale is an exhibition, which seeks to explore various value systems. And as it opens this evening at the College’s Punch Creative Arena at the Eyrie, we are forever reminded not to sell ourselves short.
The Coordinator of the Programme, Ewan Atkinson told Bajan Vibes today, ahead of the exhibition’s opening “these students, Daniel Alleyne, Troy Bourne, Marissa Evelyn, Kevon Hall and Rhea Small are exploring ideas related to time and repetition, power and authority, process and intuition, slavery and commodity, patterns and tradition and they will be displaying five distinct bodies of work, spanning varied working processes including soft sculptures, installation, paintings, digital media, sculpture and mixed media”
Among the exhibit’s focal pieces is Small’s mixed media piece, ‘Momentary Transcendence’.
“Time is perceived in many different ways. The motivation for my study comes from an interest in the connection between time, the moment and the visual arts. I look at linear and cyclic time. These themes are visible to the viewer because of my choice of material and technique’ Small said.
“My pieces may be finite but my intention is to have my audience think on the time it took to do this work and the many moments experienced in its creation, then question what they do with their own time. Ideas about “Women’s Work” and “craft” developed as the process continued. I question the idea that traditional craft techniques such as knitting and crocheting, often seen as pastimes for women, are excluded from concepts of “high art.” He added
Daniel Alleyne, drawing down on the reference of slavery, looks at how the “black’’ body was deconstructed and used as capital or as a commodity.
“Combining historic images and contemporary products, I arrange familiar visual signs into new conceptually layered pieces that highlight elements of racism and ether remnants of slavery, the plantation system and social stratification” Alleyne noted.
An interest in fossils, rock formations and the traces they left as patterns within the earth is the underpinning of the work on display from Troy Bourne.
He told Bajan Vibes of his fascination for patterns.
“My work is a series of experimental investigations that pays attention to lines, shapes and patterns that have emerged. I investigate some of the concepts into nature’s design, which I use to develop my work. I usually work with discarded materials like wood, paper, Styrofoam, wire and cardboard, which I weave, plat or assemble into organic fabrications. The use of different materials plays a critical role in the process that determines the final outcome.”Bourne stated.
For Marissa Evelyn, repetitive actions are part of ordered daily life and it is these acts of constant repetition that informs her work.
“The cube is an orderly shape that is structured, symmetrical and hard edged. Movement and dimension in my paintings are evidence of strong influences from architecture, Optical Art and geometry. The use of geometry suggests order, precision, control and structure.’ according to Evelyn.
“I disrupt the normal process of vision. The paintings suggest a controlled environment while simultaneously demonstrating a need to break away from order through a change of perspective which forms an illusion by itself,” she said.
Using references such a Virtual Entities, News Articles and Drawing media, Kevon Hall’s work looks at Superiority and Inferiority in the context of power within different realms in history.
“These depictions of power gage the impact of political historic events and public figures and it leads up to the contemporary era, using Barbados as its primary focus. I use parody, fantasy, exaggeration, and satire as tools,” he said. “My work highlights the similarities in management and power, hoping to bring about political awareness. How much have our power relationships changed? Who is superior? Who is inferior?”he added.
Not For Sale and Risen runs weekdays and Saturdays until May 16th, and opens between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.