CRITICAL REVIEW: THE BELKIN

07Apr08

The effort to get to UBC is always worth it for it’s natural and relaxing campus, surrounded by water and forest. Face it, they’ve got the nicest part of Vancouver. The Belkin which is located by the rose garden and over looks an awesome view of the bay and mountains, prepares your mood for entering the gallery. The show there now: EXPONENTIAL FUTURE, which ends on April 27, consists of a variety of Vancouver artists exploring different mediums from silk screen, drawing, to video, video projection, photography, sculpture, and 3D images. The show aims to reveal artists working in contemporary media to show the possibilities of artistic tools in the 21st Century, a “new artistic thinking of our time and place” (http://belkin.ubc.ca/current/).

The digital video projection piece by Tim lee titled “Untitled (Light-Space Module, Lazio Moholy Nagy, 1928-30)” from 2007 consisted of a retro film projector which loops the film to be repeated, double reflector mirrors and surface glass to project the short clip on a small rear projection screen. The small clip was of a chair up-side-down in eerie lighting turning around as a stop motion clip. It wasn’t just the clip that was on display, it was the projector as well for the viewer can see the film on the outside looping and the interesting out dated sound of the machine’s clicking. He has modernized the projector by altering how it works as well as the projection screen is contemprorary. The chair in the clip is also a modern design but the lighting suggests otherwise.

The work that particularly caught my attention were the graphite drawings and silk screen by Corin Sworn. Her drawings, “The Grounds”, “Walking with fire”, and “It’s Not the Belief that is in Question” are very styalized graphite drawings of what seems to be of her past memories and experiences. Such drawings seem to be more scarce in galleries in this day and age so it was enjoyable to see as well as motivate my drawing practices.

The gallery has a bit of everything.  The slightly interactive 3D image piece by Mark Soo is of 2 images of a recording studio where the viewer can choose to put on red and blue 3D glasses, altering the image to pop out of the frame and enhance the simple colors.

Enjoy….

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