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University of The Bahamas: Transforming Spaces 2020
By Pamela Burnside
Mar 12, 2020 - 11:50:14 AM

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Coupled under the eye of the money tree’, by Amaani Hepburn, UB Alumni (2020)

The Visual Art Department at the University of The Bahamas (UB) will present a group exhibition entitled “Process & Material” for this year’s Transforming Spaces. Curated by Assistant Professor Heino Schmid, the exhibition will be displayed in the Franklyn R. Wilson Graduate Centre and include works by present students, faculty and recent alumni.

As the title suggests, the exhibition hopes to engage with the audience in terms of the diversity of creative methodologies and application of traditional media in the growing landscape of visual art in The Bahamas. As the leading tertiary institution in the country, UB’s Visual Art Department is consistently re-engaging with its students to help facilitate burgeoning ideas about what it means to be a practicing visual artist as well as creating an embryonic environment that challenges and assists with the execution of those ideas.

‘Untitled’, by Heino Schmid, UB Faculty (2020)

“In recent years, due to shifting visual trends, the rise of material costs and the organic time restraints that come with university living, much of the artwork that is being produced challenges traditional studio practices. This exhibition seeks to expand the conversation from content (what does it mean?) to context (how was it made?), or even why was it made this way?” said Schmid.

Many of the visual presentations, by students especially, challenge traditional ideas of painting, drawing and sculpture. Very experimental in nature, these works often amalgamate at least two traditions and refine those principles in an attempt to ground their practices. Examples of these challenges are traditional sculpture as painting in the work of Dwynette Rolle, painting as animation in the work of Rachel Pyfrom and collage and drawing in the studies by Terrence Bain.

UB faculty and recent alumni works will also be exhibited to offset and engage with these visual experimentations, offering diverse content to the conversation of what it means to hold a studio practice and the challenges of engagement with a visual audience. “Process & Material” will be on view until April 30th, 2020. 

‘Untitled’, by Justin Benjamin and Astassia Knowles, UB Students (2019)


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