The Visual Arts Department at the University of The Bahamas (UB) will present a group exhibition entitled “Process & Material” for this year’s Transforming Spaces (TS). 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 Arts 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.
“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.
Organizers say many of the visual presentations, by students especially, challenge traditional ideas of painting, drawing and sculpture; and that, very experimental in nature, the works often amalgamate at least two traditions and refine those principles in an attempt to ground their practices. Examples of the challenges, they say, are traditional sculpture as painting in the work of Dwynette Rolle; painting as animation, as in the work of Rachel Pyfrom; and collage and drawing, as in the studies by Terrence Bain.
UB faculty and recent alumni works will also be exhibited to offset and engage with the 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 30.
As part of Transforming Spaces’ official calendar of events leading up to the TS Art Bus Tour weekend, UB will host a panel discussion entitled “Creative Visionaries” on Wednesday, March 25 from 6 p.m. in the American Corner of the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre, featuring Bahamian creative professionals who will share their views on the future of the Bahamian creative industry. Moderated by Assistant Professor Keisha Oliver, the event is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend, a livestream link will be shared through UB Visual Arts social media.
Inspired by TS founding member Jackson Burnside’s prediction that by the year 2020, more persons will visit The Bahamas for its art, culture and heritage, rather than merely for its sun, sand and sea, UB Visual Arts will celebrate his legacy and vision by leading the conversation on the future for the arts and creative economy in The Bahamas. Like TS’ social media series “Envision 2030”, they say they want to create a platform that allows younger generations of creatives to embrace and realize their place in the vision for our country.
This year, TS tickets are $40 and include free bridge access, parking at the Atlantis parking garage and access to the pre-events, the opening evening and closing party. Box offices are located at Doongalik Studios, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and the Place for Art. For more information visit www.tsbahamas.com and follow @TSBahamas on social media.