University of Regina Masters of Fine Arts Graduating Exhibition
September 21 - 29, 2013
Cynefin is the graduating MFA exhibition by Rowan Pantel. The work explores themes of childhood memories, family folklore and the impossibility of repeating any single moment in time. A print and video based installation, situates the viewer within a physical manifestation of the artist’s childhood memories surrounding the forest and her home. The viewers will find a paper fort and small forest within the gallery to explore and enjoy. Cynefin encourages all viewers, big and small, to consider their own childhoods and hopefully think once again about the places they use to daydream, play and believe in the unbelievable.
Stories from the Spirit Tree
October 12 - 20, 2013
Saturday, October 12 at 6:00 pm
My MFA project is about my experiences with the Sundance and other ceremonies connected to the Sundance. All the works that I do will show the spiritual aspects of these ceremonies through my experiences within the scope of these experiences. My paintings and sculptures will depict my own ideas on the spiritual iconography in a contemporary manner that I am refining at the present. This technique consists of an acrylic wash followed by acrylic glazing which develops into a gazing of oil paint on top of the acrylic until it is finished. I hold a greater focus on abstraction and the development of the negative space which is in opposition to my earlier work. The work that I am doing at the present is much larger than I am used to and is presenting an opportunity for greater exploration and refinement of the technique mentioned above. This project will be called Stories from the Spirit Tree as it will consist of different stories about the ceremonial events that surround spiritual activities within the Sundance circle which are practiced by Aboriginal people of the Americas.
November 2 - 11, 2013
Andrea Kowalchuk’s work is an exploration of the doctor/patient relationship experienced during medical related trauma in a hospital environment. Her work specifically looks at the objectification of the vulnerable body when experiencing extreme illness or injury, and how the patient feels stripped of their identity, viewed only for their physical complications. While this is dehumanizing, there is also a willing surrender of the body over to medical professionals. The patient places their trust in the doctors who inflict more pain, both physical and psychological, in a process that teeters between healing and torture. It is this complicated relationship and it’s fallacies that are explored in the exhibition Fiduciary Disorder, utilizing medical supplies and bodies made out of latex gloves to create an installation that emphasizes the sterile, cold, and embarrassing process of being a patient under the doctors gaze.
Imagined Provenance: The Cabinet of Richard J. Pennington
November 23 - December 1, 2013
Imagined Provenance: The Cabinet of Richard J. Pennington calls into question the construction of value in the art world by presenting a collection of found objects accompanied by a catalogue of provenance narratives. The interactive catalogue is accessed online by QR codes; in this way viewers are able to lead self-guided tours of the collection or explore the collection’s catalogue using the equipment provided.
Ned Bartlett is an artist and educator from Baltimore, Maryland currently studying in the MFA Visual Arts program at the University of Regina.