Student Art Takes Over Bullring

Monday, October 30, 2006

  • Joel Fullerton's "Reverie-Laden with Reaction"

    Joel Fullerton's "Reverie-Laden with Reaction"

Written by Becky Wallace

This week the Bullring has been transformed into an art gallery, showcasing artwork from four student artists. Of all The Bullring’s past and current functions - a livestock show pavilion, bar, dance hall, concert hall, coffee shop and lounge - acting as an art gallery provides a unique function of bringing art into the main eye of the campus.

The Art in the Bullring contest winners Tori Drost, Joel Fullerton, Laura Wickett, and Julie Pasila had their artwork selected by a five-member committee consisting of faculty and students. You can now see their diverse work displayed around the walls. The art ranges from photography to prints to paints and is as interesting as it is different.

Although the artists receive a $125 honourarium for displaying their artwork, Studio Art major Julie Pasila would argue the importance of showing art in a public setting is worth far more than money.

“The effect of art in public places is that it manipulates an environment that people pass through on a daily basis, adding dimension, depth and character to that space and subsequently, to the community,” says Pasila, whose piece Neighbourhood at Night was selected as one of the top four winners. “As a student, the best part about having my art displayed in a public place is the exposure.”

The artwork invites students from all academic disciplines to enjoy and appreciate the talent U of G art students have to offer. Although all four of the pieces displayed are aesthetically pleasing for those “non-art” eyes, a closer examination of the artwork allows students to appreciate the subtleties and expertise employed in creating the art. Laura Wicket’s Construction 1 is an excellent example of a rewarding up-close look in which you realize the photograph of a room has actually been constructed from miniature furniture pieces.

Joel Fullerton’s Reverie-Laden with Reaction and Tori Drost’s Untitled (Theme Park) provide large scale attention-grabbing pieces that are also even more rewarding the closer you look. The beauty of Art in the Bullring is that it shows how you don’t have to be Van Gogh to appreciate stunning artwork.

So go into the Bullring and take a look for yourself. You can also check out Trendz hair salon in the UC where six other winners are having their artwork displayed. The experience is well worth the look!

The Art in the Bullring project is a semesterly contest put on by the Fine Arts Network (FAN) and the CSA.

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