Current Exhibition & Events

As of  September 17th 2020, the Artlab Gallery and Cohen Commons will be operating virtually. In-person visits are not permitted at this time.

Please email Ruth Skinner artlab@uwo.ca for additional details. For updates on the evolving situation please visit: https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/ 

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We Were, and Then We Weren't 

Artlab Gallery

Monday, September 14 - September 24, 2020

Tia Bates, Sam Erdelyi, Ashley Staines, Helia Trinh, Sam Wagter


Leaping from the walls and breaching our space

Filling the room

Every nook, cranny, and cavity

Becoming

Twisting and pulling itself into allegories

A dual entity.

 

It became us, and we became it

We were, and then we weren’t.

 

Light is intrinsically connected to darkness. Neither can be understood without experiencing the other. “We Were, and Then We Weren’t” uses painting, sculpture, video, installation and mixed media works to represent tangible and intangible allegories for the interactions between aura, memory and light. It draws attention to the relationships of these elements, questioning their ephemerality.

Representing modes of human perception through metaphor, whether visual, profound, or metaphysical, these works create an intertwining web of thought-forms. This web begins to dissolve the physical space into a philosophical one. The immersive presence of light moves outward from the surface of the work, seeping into the material world and representing the aura as a physical space.

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I-dentify.

Cohen Commons Gallery

Monday, September 14 - September 24, 2020

Peter Dickson, Rachel Elias, Aisha Hassen, Jimin Lee


The individual within society – a dynamic that presents “other,” “othering,” and “otherness.”

Pulling from their personal identities and life experiences, four artists question the reality of the self and come to terms with what has marked each of themselves as “other.” Specifically, they address the implications of being biracial, multicultural, and multilingual in a world that affirms the self to be a single entity belonging to a single group, to a single race, to a single culture, to a single language. Their explorations reveal the complexity involved in one’s relationship with society.

Including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and installation works, I-dentify. serves to remind us of the agency we have in defining and redefining our “self,” in understanding where we’ve come from, what we’ve been through, and how we, in turn, identify.