Pop-up art exhibition transforms Barrie Campus
April 16, 2015

They are watching - installation art by second-year Fine Arts student Arin Beausoleil.

They are Watching – installation art by second-year Fine Arts student Arin Beausoleil.

Students, staff and visitors to the Barrie Campus were treated to an extraordinary one-day experience April 15. Second-year sculpture students in the Fire Arts program transformed the campus with a limited-time exhibition of their work. This was the second annual event – this year it was named “In Site: A Pop-up Event”.

Under the guidance of faculty member Amy Switzer, students were asked to find a place that would create a dialogue between artist and viewers that is altered or “framed” by the architecture of the school – so the building and site become the canvas.

“The objective of the project was to use text to explore a specific place and our relationship to it,” said Switzer. “Students explored a variety of themes such as identity, cultural diversity, pollution and the student educational experience. Each work employed unique conceptual strategies such as irony and humour to convey their individual perspective. The sculptural works were thoughtfully crafted to further reflect the meaning of each work.

Students were required to write texts describing their projects. Here are two of them:

This is Me installation art by second-year Fine Art student Maggie Mac Innis.

This is Me installation art by second-year Fine Arts student Maggie Mac Innis.

This is Me
Wood, two-way mirror, television, USB, 2015
Maggie Mac Innis

In Canada we are now a varied nation with many different faces. I believe and hope this new Canada has provided the conditions that for the most part anyone can look any way they like and no longer become victims of stereotyping. The range of appearances in so much more interesting for me as a person who has always enjoyed looking at faces. It also speaks of a degree of human acceptance that is so wonderful to observe. I am confident that we no longer can judge a book by its cover.

Don’t Do It
Spray paint on plywood, 2015
Arin Beausoleil

They are watching.