prOcess, the faculty exhibition

Constructs by Ellen McCluskey

Constructs by Ellen McCluskey

The Nanaimo Art Gallery, campus location, Building 330, entrance 5D, 900 Fifth Street, is presenting prOcess: the faculty exhibition from January 14, 2011, to March 5, 2011. Represented are artists, Gregory Ball, Fran Benton, Jane Cole, Richard (Rick) A. Conroy, Jason Gress, Scott Leaf, Ellen McCluskey, Justin McGrail, Kevin Mazutinec, Nancy Page, and Pamela Speight. prOcess displays the diversity and talent found within the art and design department at Vancouver Island University. This exhibition is an opportunity to explore the creative impulses and fascinating bodies of work that faculty have been creating over the last two years. There is no doubt that faculty are committed educators in the art and design department at VIU. They are also just as passionate about their own artistic practices.

Professor Fran Benton, for example, who teaches in the disciplines of sculpture and ceramics at VIU, has recently explored techniques that employ silkscreen and painting in her most new series entitled Cops, Relatives, Soldiers, Suits, and Bastards. Benton states that this body of work is about “surveillance images and how we look at figures isolated and in a group. I wanted the figures to float around on a bright abstract colour field and acquire new meaning.”

As working artists and designers in the community and beyond, art design faculty continue to experiment with new forms of expression and build on previous themes and concepts in their work. The art of graphic design technician and instructor Kevin Mazutinec also ventures into new directions and processes. Through the use of digital 3D imaging technologies he has created a virtual environment that exists in a state of flux. Mazutinec explains that the “continual transformation is monitored closely, selectively documented, and subjected to a meticulous editing process.”

Benton and Mazutinec are just two of the many faculty who will be displaying their work in the upper and lower galleries on campus. The public is invited to visit, discuss, and be challenged by the many interesting and provocative artworks on display until March 5 th, 2011. The opening reception is on Friday, January 14, 2011, from 5 to 7 pm with performance art at 6 pm by Justin McGrail. An artist talk with Gregory Ball is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2011, from noon to 1 pm. For more information, call 250-740-6350.