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    Shea Allan-McCachen, more pink, 2009.
    Mixed media, 20.3 x 25.4 cm.

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    Scott Billings, 9V, 2009. Video and LCD Monitor,
    Running time: 6 min 21 seconds, 15.2 x 7.6 cm.

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    Krista Dragomer and Rashin Fahande, Sorkhab,
    2008. 5 min. video projection with stereo sound,
    dimensions variable.

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    Julio Lopez, Digital Footprint, 2009. Processing 1.0
    extensible markup language, screen capture,
    dimensions variable.

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    Jen Weih, Propositions 3324 through 3332, 2009.
    8.5" x 11", 20 Lb bond paper, dimensions variable.

Interrobang

UBC MASTER OF FINE ARTS GRADUATE EXHIBITION

Shea Allan-McCachen, Scott Billings, Krista Dragomer, Julio López, Jen Weih

4 September - 20 September, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 7 - 10 pm

External Critique by Liz Magor: Saturday September 12, 12 - 5 pm

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the 2009 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Interrobang. A nonstandard English-language punctuation mark, the interrobang combines the function of a question mark and an exclamation point. A connection and bonding between different characters, interrobang, the exhibition, presents divergent work by five emerging artists in video, sound, sculpture, drawing, painting and new media.

Shea Allan-McCachen’s drawings, paintings and collages investigate bodily abstraction. Incorporating primary source material from Hustler magazine, her fragmented assemblages of genitalia, bodiless apparel and indistinguishable swatches of skin evoke an anxiety about the body while partaking in an aesthetic search for beauty. The result is a matrix of fleshy exploration in which the traditional concept of a figure is absent.

Scott Billings’ media works explore the relationship between the body and the cinematic machine. By taking apart and reconfiguring older obsolete machines, such as turning theatrical lighting into a projector, Billings creates moving objects and moving images that play with the concepts of mimicry and motility to depict and understand the quality of being animal.

Sound artist Krista Dragomer works collaboratively with video artist Rashin Fahandej to explore moments that occur between historical events, borders and identities. Their sound and video works engage the audience in a sensorial experience of culture as something that exists within one’s body. The artists’ audiovisual installations combine projection with monitors and multi-channel stereo sound.

Built on the principles of the Open Source movement Julio López’ current project HUB, is an experimental web-based initiative. For the duration of the project, Lopez will operate a computer lab that provides a workspace and access to software and technologies free of charge, and delivers educational programming focused on providing participants with technical knowledge. A series of talks will highlight the work of local Vancouver artists that use a variety of technologies within their artistic practice. More information and a schedule of events can be found at www.hubcentre.org.

Jen Weih’s practice investigates a combination of the rational and the irrational. The work proposes a dialogue between construction and collapse, elegance and horror, sense and non-sense. Her projects include a range of aesthetics from “bad” fonts to geometric balance and can include found, manufactured, or crafted materials. Work for this show will include a collection of 8 ½ x 11 inch, 20 lb. bond paper sculptures produced through a combination of conscious decision making and unconscious and chance-based processes.

The exhibition is presented with support from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.



The department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory will host an afternoon event where each graduating student will speak about her or his work, followed by a discussion led by Liz Magor, held at the Gallery.



HUB Workshops and Talks

WORKSHOP – Introduction to Javascript
1PM – 4PM, September 05, 2009
HUB:LAB
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

JavaScript, best known for its ability to add functionality and enrich the experience of otherwise static web pages, is one of the most popular scripting languages that exist today. In this workshop you will learn the basics of working with JavaScript. Topics include a discussion of some artworks that use JavaScript, language structure and syntax, and some common uses on the Internet. Through a series of in-class projects, participants will learn what they need to start working with JavaScript as well as the concepts that will become the basis of any future programming projects.

Workshop capacity is limited. Please register online.


TALK – Jer Thorp
7PM – 9PM, September 15, 2009
Room 102, Frederic Lasserre Building, University of British Columbia
6333 Memorial Rd.

Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC. Learn more about Jer Thorp at http://blog.blprnt.com/


WORKSHOP – Introduction to Processing
1PM – 4PM, September 19, 2009
HUB:LAB
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who want to program images, animation, and interactions. In this workshop you will learn the basics of working with Processing. Topics include a discussion of artworks made with Processing, language structure and syntax, creating simple interactivity and image creating and manipulation. Through a series of in-class projects, participants will learn what they need to start working with Processing as well as the concepts that will become the foundation of any future programming projects.

Workshop capacity is limited. Please register online.

HUB Workshops and Talks are free of charge.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at jana.tyner@ubc.ca,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689