2018 Art and Art History Grad Exhibitions | Halfway | Between

Congratulations to the 2018 Art and Art History graduating class on their thesis exhibitions, Halfway and Between.

Halfway / Between is a two-part exhibition that considers the interstice between the internal and external in the work presented by the 2018 graduating class of the UTM and Sheridan joint Art and Art History Program. Exploring the concept of interstice as the space between two things (often a small or narrow space), the exhibition highlights the transitional place that these emerging artists currently occupy, as they prepare to create a life outside of the University as an institution. The exhibition reflects on the space between artists, and considers the physical (external) forms of their work as well as the internal spaces that inform their practices; somewhere halfway.


Halfway
March 21 – 31, 2018

Mark Aguirre, Julia Bonavita, Gedi Chen, Baoyi Huang, Yihan Li, Cherie Novecosky,
Heather Riley, Chelsea Ryan, Heather Shanahan, Yu Sung, Alissar Soujaa
Curated by Concrete Collective

Halfway presents the work of eleven graduating artists. The exhibition spans two gallery spaces on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus (the Blackwood Gallery and the e|gallery), and highlights the artists’ diverse perspectives and approaches, while concurrently allowing for an interplay between the spaces. The works are equally united and isolated within their shared space. Both galleries are dimly lit, emphasizing the unknown interstice—the awkward and often nerve-wracking metaphysical space between present and future. With the conclusion of Halfway comes a literal halfway point, creating an interstitial transition towards the second half of the graduating exhibition.

Alissar Soujaa + Yu Sang Art and Art History Grad Show   Alissar Soujaa Art and Art History Grad Show   Baoyi Huang Art and Art History Grad Show    Cherie Novecosky Art and Art History Grad Show   Cherir Novecosky Art and Art History Grad Show   Installation Art and Art History Grad Show
Heather Shanahan Art and Art History Grad Show   Julia Bonavita Art and Art History Grad Show   Mark Aguirre Art and Art History Grad Show

Between
March 21 – 31, 2018

Angelica Brzyska, Donald Fitzgerald, Kiana James, Abigail Nowak, Yan Liu, Sonia Pajakowski,
Becky Santo, Emiley Webb, Charley Yip, Helen Yuan, Olivia Zaloski
Curated by Interstice Collective

In Between, the second half of the graduating exhibition, eleven artists explore physical phenomena such as natural disasters, human anatomy, and the natural world; as well as internal themes such as dream symbolism, the connections formed by relationships, and representations of the human psyche. These seemingly disparate elements are not set in opposition to one another. Instead, the artists’ works are connected through an exploration of individual interstitial moments, and the viewers are encouraged to take charge of their own spectatorship as an active audience connected by the work.

        Campbell House Art and Art History


About the Curators:

Halfway is curated by Concrete Collective, a collaboration between Mark Aguirre, Yossie Bolanos Cordero, Mackenzie Boyd, Yifei Cao, Morgan Garside, Janine Holdsworth, Jae Ng, Emiley Webb, and Wenjie Zhao. 

Between is curated by Interstice Collective, a collaboration between Brendan Bradley, Natalie Chan, Anran Guo, Nada Hafez, John Ryan Manahan, Nico Mara-McKay, Aaliyah Mitchell Harris, and Abby Nowak. 

Both collectives are composed of curatorial students from FAH451: Curating Now, under the mentorship of Dr. Christine Shaw, Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery and Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Studies.

Acknowledgements:

This two-part exhibition is created in partial fulfillment of FAH451: Curating Now: Turning Concepts into Curatorial Projects. This course is a part of the newly offered Curatorial Studies Certificate Program in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The exhibitions were developed with the support and guidance of Blackwood Gallery staff Petrina Ng (Exhibition Coordinator) and Alison Cooley (Curatorial Assistant & Collections Archivist), and Marco Cheuk (Installation Technician).  

Students graduating from the Art and Art History program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The program is designed to provide students with a strong and diverse base of knowledge that prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers within the arts community and beyond. Alumni have pursued careers in teaching, both at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, while others go on to earn their Masters in Studio Art or Art History. For more information please visit www.artandarthistory.ca



The Art and Art History Program

Students graduating from the Art and Art History program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The program is designed to provide students with a strong and diverse base of knowledge that prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers within the arts community and beyond. Alumni have pursued careers in teaching, both at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, while others go on to earn their Masters in Studio Art or Art History.

For more information on the Art and Art History Program, visit our program page.

Photos by John Armstrong. 

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