Fanshawe's fine arts graduates present their final exhibition

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The exhibition, called (un)Adjusted, is the culmination of the work developed by the students during their third year of school, and it can be viewed in-person until April 9. The program was introduced in Fanshawe in the early 1970s and this is their 50th graduating class.

After three unprecedented years, filled with ups and downs, the graduating students from Fanshawe College’s advanced fine arts program opened a new exhibition at TAP Centre for Creativity, in downtown London. The exhibition, called (un)Adjusted, is the culmination of the work developed by the students during their third year of school, and it can be viewed in-person until April 9. The program was introduced at Fanshawe in the early 1970s and this is their 50th graduating class.

The artist and program coordinator, Gary Spearin, said in a press release, “As you will note from this milestone exhibition, strength, patience, and courage arise in the many individual approaches experienced. Students crave social interaction, investigating, and studying with peers. Cherishing, laughing, advancing, reflecting, smiling, and seriously making art. This Art confronts us now with joy.”

The works featured in the exhibition are very diverse. It includes large-scale wood sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography and installations. “Wax-gendered superstars wonder who they really are,” said Spearin, describing the exhibit. “Real piping paint lines loop into young and old-facing memories. Old friends’ adventure stories now magically, vividly dream. Meanwhile, penciled waters dance quietly, drifting into smudged black nights. Crystal-coloured papers generate protected reflected light. Wild plant photographs photographed mirroring in a puddle watery-scape. Feeling feelings through painted selves, double selves, and self-portraits peering to yourself. Measured marks, carved marks, bleed marks, count the marks. Calculated conversations count consumer(ism) while environmental(ism) cries. If mugshots could only close their eyes.”

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The participating students are Jaina Argueta, Victoria Campbell, Brittany Caron, Nicole Caron, Dylan Charette, Emilee DeGroot, Jessica Gervais, Drew Goodenough, Lindsey Greeno, Nathan Hoy, Ian Indiano, Elizabeth Merzib, Colleen Moffatt, Myia Pevec, Katy Penstone, Ashley Sandham and Evan Willemse.