Langara fine arts faculty show students how it’s done

Attendees view instructor Helena Wadsley’s painting, “Left Behind” at the Fine Arts Faculty Art Show Oct. 11. Photo: Jana Minor

The tables have turned and students now get the chance to critique their instructors’ work at the Fine Arts Faculty Art Show in the faculty lounge.

A new perspective . . .

“Some are really inspiring,” said first-year fine arts student Georgia Williams of the pieces at the Oct. 11 opening. The show includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery and multimedia installations.

“It gives you a new perspective on your teachers,” said Christian Vistan, another fine arts student.

A surprising theme — iconic figures: Da Vinci and Guevara

Luke Blackstone’s mechanical sculpture features Leonardo da Vinci, and Suzi Webster’s pop art print fuses Marilyn Monroe with Che Guevara.

Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx. Ernest Hemingway and Charles Darwin all cameo in Jake Hill’s humorous multimedia sculpture, Beards of Better Men.

Other pieces inspired by not-so-famous people

One piece receiving much attention is instructor Brian McGibney’s bronze sailboat sculpture.

“It’s so beautiful and so simple,” said Williams.

The small sculpture weighs nine kilograms and took 100 hours to make. It’s titled “Close Hauled,” a nautical term describing a boat sailing as directly into the wind as possible without capsizing.

McGibney said his piece is inspired by his father, whom he used to sail with on Okanagan Lake.

The show runs from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25. Students are invited to browse the art in the faculty lounge, room A194.

Attendees take in the Fine Arts Faculty Arts Show. Photos by Jana Minor.

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Reported by Jana Minor

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