Artlab Vitrine

The BFA Vitrine Exhibition Series is coordinated by 4th Year BFA Student and Artlab Intern Sam Wagter. This exhibition series was organised in order to provide students an opportunity to display their artwork through their own solo exhibitions, thus allowing students to gain valuable experience collaborating with the gallery while expanding their professional CVs. Curated to showcase a variety of mediums and years of study, each exhibition showcases a large variety of subject matter, all within the enclosed vitrine. Sam would like to thank Ruth Skinner for providing her with this opportunity, as well as to the artists for lending their practice for the public to enjoy.

Tyler Jafelice
March 29 - April 9, 2021
“formful” – displaying excellent form, especially in performing a sport.

Tyler Jafelice’s vitrine exhibition formful is an arrangement of sculptures that explore what it means for one type of body to express multiple stages or states of being. Jafelice contemplated the way athletics puts a single body through multiple states such as “weariness”, “tension”, or “balance”. He then translated these three concepts into melted candle sculptures. No adhesive or glue was used to make these works, only cutting, carving, and melting separate parts together. Much like a body, nothing holds these works together but their own flesh. The sculptures are divided into three regions; one region representing weariness, one representing tension, and one representing balance (from left to right). However, elements of all three stages can be found in each work.
Tyler Jafelice on Instagram.

Image of candles melted into sculptures, displayed in a vitrine

Image of candles melted into sculptures, displayed in a vitrine 

/ ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather
Holly Granken
March 1 – 14, 2021

Artist’s statement: When most people think of photography, they think of photos of an object, maybe a landscape, or a portrait of a person. It’s easy to forget that photography is really just the study of light and that’s what I wanted to explore in this work. I wanted to take the features that make up a composition- a model, a room, furniture- and reduce them to just colour, shadows, and light. In doing this, it opens up a much wider opportunity for the viewer to interpret the work. It asks questions and has an air of mystery about it. I want these images to provoke feelings in the viewer, but feelings that are varied and personal to each individual. Does the image make you feel warm? Cozy? A little sexy? Does it make you feel vibrant, or does it remind you of summer? The world is a crazy place right now, and it can promote a lot of bad feelings. I want people to look at my work and walk away with a positive feeling that they can pass on to the next person they see. We all need that good feeling now more than ever.
Holly Granken’s website.
Holly Granken on Instagram.

A view of four photographs of refracted, colourful light in warm tones

A view of four photographs of refracted, colourful light in warm tones

In fact, it wasn't on my mind at all.
Tia Bates
February 1 - 14, 2021
Artist's statement: "In fact, it wasn’t on my mind at all." is a series of three paintings of locations from the home I grew up in painted from memory. The series acts both as a self portrait series, and a series of narratives described in the titles of the works. These function as stanzas to a larger narrative poem with the light source being the place described in the titles, and where the subject of the poems physically exists to affect the space around them. The illuminated space illustrates the way a location is perceived through experiences, emotion, and memory.
Tia Bates on Instagram.

A view of a vitrine with three paintings showing an empty home at night with low, singular light sources

A view of the vitrine showing a painting with an accompanying poetic statement

I Never Said It

Megan Goddard
January 11 - 24th, 2021
Artist's statement: My series, “I Never Said It,” acts as a sculptural representation of my relationship to people, and the censoring of thoughts which sometimes occurs. The bottles contain pieces of writing that are things I have never told, and will never tell anyone. They speak to a larger issue of communication for myself and perhaps others, revealing some thoughts but not all, either because they’re not socially acceptable or simply too much time has passed for me to say them. The glass bottles represent the duality and complex nature of relationships, by being open to see but simultaneously closed off to touch.
Meghan Goddard on Instagram.

Image of a wall vitrine with colourful sculptures involving bottles with messages in them

 An image of a wall virtine with sculptures that incorporate colourful messages in bottles

Artlab Vitrine 2019-2020

Programming by Shurui Wang (Mavis), past Artlab Gallery Intern. 
Shurui Wang (Mavis) is purshing her honors specialization in both Studio and Art History. She has a great interest in curation.
During her college years, she worked as an intern, or volunteer, in museums and art galleries in both China and Canada. As an intern at Artlab Gallery, her responsibilities included the management and curating of the ArtLab Vitrine, exhibition and event poster design, media materials and grant writing. During this time, she focused on connecting local artists in London, Ontario with the Department of Visual Arts in order to enhance students' connections with the art community by introducing local artists' works. After completing her undergraduate degree at Western, Mavis will move to London, England for graduate study, where she will focus on connecting curatorial knowledge with interaction design.

Reilly Knowles
February 27 - March 14, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM

In making these sculptures, I contemplated funerary rituals, embalming processes, and the human urge to preserve what has already been lost. I was also concerned with the death of the environment, and what mourning rituals might be undertaken to deal with this decline. Funerary Doll consists of a figure made from clay I dug up from my parents’ garden and refined over a process of days. It is encased in beeswax, and lays in a coffin decorated with plants foraged from my childhood neighbourhood. In Bones of the Saints, three sticks resembling bones lay inside a glass case inspired by medieval reliquaries.

Knowles.jpgFunerary Doll, 2019. Clay from my parents' garden, beeswax, garden flowers, sumac cones, walnut leaves, found box, wool, cotton and beach glass. Bones of the Saints, 2020. Oak, glass, lead, silk and twigs.

Fangyuan Zhao (Jamie) and Shurui Wang (Mavis)
Future fragment
January 30 - February 13, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30 from 5-7pm

This collaborative work investigates environmental issues, specifically those dealing with plastic. Here the artists attempt to create “contemporary amber,” encapsulating plastic fragments in clear resin. As one of the most difficult materials to degrade, plastic's impact on the environment and biosphere cannot be underestimated. How should we react to artificially created artifacts as part of the planet?


Yanru Zhou
Dinosaur Collections (Play tricks on me)
January 09 - January 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 09 from 5-7pm

This exhibtion features a collection of lithography prints by Yanru Zhou. Thematically this body of work juxtaposes contemporary culture with extinct dinosaurs, collapses the space between current and prehistoric time. The five prints are produced to create a loose narrative in which dinosaurs are playing, eating and living like humans, however viewers can simultaneously see shoes, clothing and other objects. Zhou intends to create a world with both conflicting and amusing elements. 


Edna Press

November 21 - December 05, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21 from 5-7pm

Ruth Skinner, founder of Edna Press, is currently a PhD candidate at Western University. Her research focuses on artists books and publishing practices. Through this approach, she often works in collaboration with other artists and researchers to produce publications.

Art publishing is an important part of visual culture, its diversity, economy and multiplicity allows it to suite numerous different objectives. Art publications come in many forms, both as archives of existing art and as works of art themselves.

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Christos Angelopoulos
October 3 - October 17, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3 from 5-7pm

Christos Angelopoulos is a London-based artist, who works in a variety of media including oils, acrylics and inks. His subject matter often focuses on elements of nature and personal observations. He is currently working on a new series of paintings from his studio in Argos Greece. 

Angelopoulos has four paintings on display this time in Artlab Vitrine, these show his exploration of materials at different times, including two of his series of works on trees.

paintings of treesAbstract #12, Oil on panel, 2018
Two Together Is Still Not One, Oil on panel, 2018
Mist or Tree, Ink and pencil on paper, 2016
Gold Brown Landscape, Ink on paper, 2016.


2018-2019 programming by Kayleen Tosello, Artlab Gallery Intern

Kayleen Tosello is a fourth-year student with an honours specialization in both Studio and Art History. Her practice includes printmaking, painting and photography. As Artlab Gallery intern her responsibilities include managing and curating the gallery vitrine, grant writing, and creating poster designs + press material. During her internship she intends to focus on providing students with opportunities to display their work in alternative spaces. Following completion of her BFA at Western University, Kayleen will be working as an intern in Interior Design and Architecture in New York this summer, after which she intends to complete her MA in Architecture at Ryerson University. 

Nia O'Brien

February 27 - March 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 27 from 5-7pm


Adam Mulder

January 31 - February 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5-7pm

Michael Thompson
January 10 - 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10 from 5-7pmMT_doc.jpg

Li-Elle Rapaport

time stood still
November 15 - Deceber 05, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 from 5-7pmInstallation Image

Sydney Smith

Collection of Essence
November 01 - 06, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 from 5-7pm
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