Current Exhibition & Events

Have a Plastic Day! / ARTLAB 
April 12-26, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 12 from 5-7pm

"Have a Plastic Day!" is an exhibition of artworks that were produced during the experimental research-creation class, "Making Art with Environmental Awareness." This class investigated issues related to plastics in the social world and in the natural environment. Students explored the history and material properties of plastics, more generally, and in the arts, more specifically. Did you know that virtually all the plastic that has ever been produced is still with us? That amount has recently been estimated to be 8.3 billion metric tons. In fact, the amount of plastic produced in one year is said to be roughly the same weight as the entire weight of humanity itself. Will we soon outweigh ourselves in plastic? Are we becoming plastic? What will our plastic future be?


Join us for the opening reception of "Have a Plastic Day!" in the ArtLab Gallery Friday, April 12 from 5-7pm. "Have a Plastic Day!" is opening in conjunction with "A Museum for Future Fossils" in the Cohen Commons and at Satellite Project space. A free bus will leave the JLVAC for Satellite at 6pm on April 12th. All are welcome.

Museum for Future Fossils / Cohen Commons
April 12-26, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 12 from 5-7pm

Plastics, along with many other human-made objects, have life spans that far exceed their usefulness. Because they take so long to break down, plastics will at some point become a layer in the geologic strata that may be seen as a marker horizon of the Anthropocene (the proposed name for the geologic era defined by human impact on the world). Imagining the point at which plastics become a fossil layer depends upon speculation – this is a future that none of us currently on earth will see, and the pathways to that future are infinite. Created by second-year SASAH students, this exhibition foregrounds creative responses to objects that could be found in A Museum for Future Fossils.

A Museum for Future Fossils will be on display at Satellite Project Space from April 3-13 and Cohen Commons (JLVAC, UWO) from April 12-April 26. Please join us for a reception at both locations on April 12, 5-7pm. A free bus will leave the JLVAC for Satellite at 6pm on April 12th. All are welcome.

The SASAH exhibition is the first event in the year-long Museum for Future Fossils project. For more please visit


Honesty Hour / ARTLAB
March 22 - April 5, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm

Honesty Hour is an exhibition of recent work by Western University’s Bachelor of Fine Art Practicum class. Having worked closely and collectively for years, this show is not fifteen artists’ group show, but is the culmination of four years of community. The show has been planned fervidly and features dynamic work across multiple disciplines. We are excited to welcome all to experience the show on opening night, March 22, following the department’s Open Studios

Featuring work by: Stephanie Amatori +Jocelyn Andress + Lindsay Athoe + Ashley Beerdat + Sofija Berger + Liam Creed + Madelon Dececco + Stefani Eleoff + Rebecca Flynn + Bailey Gillespie + Devon Lowrie + Cassidy Morris + Olivia Mossuto + Michael Thompson + Yongxin Ye


March 22 - April 5, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm

Almond Milk is a delightfully nutty and flavourful show created by the Third Year BFA Honours Seminar Class. On Friday, March 22nd, from 6-8pm at the Cohen Commons in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, join our class’ opening reception as we showcase our independent art pieces. If you are thirsty, come get a taste of Almond Milk!

Featuring work by: Andrea Alarcon + Seth Anderson + Irma Bajramovic + Madeline Briere + Emily Culbert + Sarah Desmarais + Nicole Feutl + Chloe Gatti + Tyler Jafelice + Reilly Knowles + Xiaowen Kou + Dason Kwok + Kaylee Larose + Max McKerlie + Claire McNamara + Olivia O'Neil + Eryn Stewart + Andrew Fraser + Ava Workman + Yanru Zhou


Forms of Narrative: An Exploration of Story in Text and Image / COHEN COMMONS
February 27 - March 14, 2019
Reading + Reception: Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00-7:00pm

Join us Wednesday, February 27 from 5-7pm in the Cohen Commons for a series of student readings and the opening reception for "Forms of Narrative: An Exploration of Story in Text and Image." This will be followed by keynote speaker Jaclyn Bruneau's presentation entitled "Parafiction and Other Permissible Deceptions," which begins at 6:00pm. This event is co-hosted by the Department of Visual Arts and the Department of English and Writing Studies, it's free and open to the public. 


"Forms of Narrative: An Exploration of Story in Text and Image"
Professor Nino Ricci
Special Topics Course - The Creative Moment 

Narrative informs almost every field of human endeavour, from literature and the visual arts to history, law, medicine, business, and the sciences. Everywhere we look we see story: in video games, in car ads, in lab experiments, in patient histories. ‘Forms of Narrative' explores, in image and text, the primacy of story and our reliance on it for the making of meaning.

Seth Anderson, Shannon Boast, Jasia Carroll-Woolery, Marisa Coulton, Natalka Duncan, Charlotte Egan, Amelia Eqbal, Madeleine Ghesquiere, Ashley Griffin, Hanbi Lee, Jessica Matthys, Carina Pagotto, Natalie Scola, Julia Sebastien, Joshua Thompson-Persaud, and Blake White


"Parafiction and Other Permissible Deceptions"
Jaclyn Bruneau 

The parodist is a detectable fake whose apparent inauthenticity is key to the audience's understanding of the parodic gesture as such. By contrast, the parafictional work almost completely—if not utterly—passes as something natural, quietly entering the stream of life in order to wager its critique, with no promise that viewers will eventually uncover its masquerade. As art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty writes, “with varying degrees of success, for various durations, and for various purposes, these fictions are experienced as fact."

Considering the maximalist qualities of today’s public discourse and personae, parody has become weakened as a mode of critique, since what is extreme can scarcely be exaggerated to any effect. It's precisely at this impasse that parafiction becomes a provocative mode of critique and, at times, actual disruption. But perhaps it's not quite clean. As Lambert-Beatty notes: "One of the disturbing things about the parafictional is the split between the trap-laying artist and the specifically unwitting viewer, who thinks she is involved in one kind of experience while actually participating in another." In this presentation, Jaclyn Bruneau will take stock of a number of parafictional works of contemporary art and film, considering the relationship between the ethical quandaries of deception and the unparalleled, and often beguiling, impact of works that hinge on their undetectability as fiction.


Jaclyn Bruneau is a writer, editor and organizer based in Toronto. She's the Editor of C Magazine and on the Board of Directors at Images Festival.

Shujuan Liu: Chinese Flower and Bird Paintings / ARTLAB 
February 19-27, 2019
Closing Reception: Wednesday, February 27 from 4:00-5:00pm.


The Artlab gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by visiting professor Shujuan Liu.

Shujuan Liu, is an associate professor of the School of Fine Arts and Design of Pan Tianshou, Ningbo University, China. She is now a visiting professor of Department of Visual Arts, Western University, Canada. Shujuan started to learn painting when she was 10 years old. She graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of Northeast Normal University, China and she has been teaching paintings in many years. She was also a visiting scholar in Capital Normal University, China in 2007. Her works of traditional Chinese paintings have been published in professional art journals for many times. Her works of fine brushwork characters have won honorary prizes in the International Chinese Grand Prix at Beijing. Her painting works were also exhibited in China and in Japan as well. Recently, her painting work Shuoguo Piaoxiang, won the first prize of London Chinese Community painting competition in London, Ontario, Canada 2019.

selsun blue / ARTLAB
January 31 - February 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm

Matt W. Brown, Kate Carder-Thompson, Jerome Conquy,
Sepideh Tajalizadeh, Yas Nikpour, George Kubresli,
Ramolen Laruan, Johnathan Onyschuk, Lydia Santia, Zhizi Wang


The exhibition "selsun blue" features work by current MFA students in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Stemming from a shared interested in the problematics of communicating with clarity, these works question the implications of our capacity to both transmit and receive information.

A mondegreen is simply the mishearing or misinterpretation of a lyric. This linguistic term was coined by Sylvia Wright in her 1954 essay, "The Death of Lady Mondegreen." In this text, Wright describes how her mother would often read to her as a child from the book Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, a compilation of popular songs from the eighteenth century, complied by Bishop Thomas Percy. Her favorite verse:

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl o' Moray,
And Lady Mondegreen.

She recalls discovering years later that the line she had always remembered as "And Lady Mondegreen," was actually, "And laid him on the green." This misunderstanding shifts the lyrics context, positioning the narrative around a singular protagonist, the Earl of Moray alone. As misinterpretations, mondegreens point towards a misalignment between auditory perception and translation[1], but often times the thing we think we hear is in some way related to our own desires; a Freudian slip, a Rorschach test. In these instances, the authors intended meaning becomes disrupted, but a more personal or unexpected one might be formed. This error in translation opens up a space were miscommunication might become a field of potentiality, pointing towards new and unexpected connotations. Further, it questions the ways in which information is transmitted, whereby the politics and efficacy of these models themselves might become part of the conversation.

Each artists explores these ideas through a number of variable avenues that might be positioned within three subtexts: "speaking to yourself," "speaking to others" and "speaking for others." "Speaking to yourself" becomes about the dialogues and mantras we repeat internally, about psychological alcoves and unconscious propositions, as well as the problematics of remembering. "Speaking to others" might include the immaterial pursuit of s&#;ances, spiritual endeavors, and the encompassing world of social media and digital landscapes. Or it might be materially driven, as in object-oriented ontology. While "speaking for others" questions the power dynamics between those who have agency and those that are subject to censorship, misrepresentation, and propaganda.

[1] Konnikova, Maria. "Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy." In The New Yorker, December 10, 2014 <>


Inherent Vice / COHEN COMMONS
January 31 - February 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm

Inherent vice is a term used in art conservation to describe the tendency in an object or material to deteriorate or self-destruct because of poor intrinsic characteristics, such as weak or unstable materials. Conservators must constantly work against inherent vice in order to rectify the effects of past damage while also preventing future deterioration. But, as Hanna Hölling notes, “conservation is always interpretation” and all approaches change and affect the original object.

In this exhibition, students in VAH2292 have responded to talks given by three scholars and conservators who work to preserve, repair, and restore material artefacts.


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After-Art-Party with Nadsat and The Western Contemporary Music Studio
Thursday, January 31, 7-9pm

Presented by the ArtLab Gallery in partnership with Forest City Gallery's Hear Here Committee: The After-ART-Party introduces a musical happening taking place in the Artlab Gallery itself, following the opening reception of "selsun blue"

Music at 7:00 PM
Admission is Free