Nineteen bachelor of fine arts students from the University of Windsor came together to exhibit their best creations at The Hangover nightclub on Wellington Avenue, Thursday night.
The show entitled Tracks & Traces — showcasing the works of graduating students — describes the connections between the artists and “how we’ve crossed paths over the years,” said art student Nicole Hutchinson. It features a variety of art including painting, sculpture, textile art, photography, encaustic painting, video and soft-sculpture creations made from discarded materials.
Hutchinson’s work includes several mixed-media paintings on canvas, with paint and selections of uniquely printed phrases and statements.
Billie McLaughlin created sewn soft-sculpture animals, crafted entirely from recycled textiles from the Windsor area. McLaughlin produced a video depicting the collection of material from sofas, matresses and armchairs, while clad in a full-body protective suit.
Devon McCallum rendered distinct scenes of nature in his piece, “The Pinery”, which displays a photorealistic painting of a forest — presumably The Pinery provincial park — covered by a spectacular glowing shine.
BFA Student artists also designed several multimedia pieces. Alyssa Ciccone’s “Setting Sun” illustrated, on video, a burning cigarette that trickled down to a horizon.
Perhaps the most locally-focused creation in the show was produced by Laurie D’Alessandro. “Red Face Blue, Red Face Green” is an encaustic painting layered over an historical map of Essex County from the War of 1812 period. D’Alessandro’s creation features layers of a light bloody red wax over local regions, perhaps as if to signify the bloodshed from the nearly 200-years-past war between the British and the Americans.
Tracks & Traces took place at the new Hangover nightclub, formerly Rise nightclub, and even former-ly The Wellington. It’s new owners reconfigured the two-story facility into an upscale lounge, complete with hardwood floors, oval seating areas layered walls and an exemplary venue for an art exhibit.
The show runs until midnight tonight at 800 Wellington Avenue (Thursday April 8th, 2010) and includes a silent auction for works produced by soon-to-be BFA graduates.