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Thursday, November 24, 2011

See Biscuit

NSCAD grads group show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Kristen Sharpe's "Hardwood is the new dirt" will be on display
  • Kristen Sharpe's "Hardwood is the new dirt" will be on display

There’s nothing like the camaraderie of organized learning. Big groups of students, sharing each others’ late night assignment pain, learning together, forging lifelong bonds—it’s enough to make you misty. Risk it for the Biscuit a NSCAD University group exhibition (opening Thursday, November 24 at 2053, 2053 Gottingen Street, 7pm) is a good example of power in numbers. The exhibit showcases twelve graduating students, each with very different styles, who have come together in what participating artist Halloway Jones calls “an artistic sample platter.”

If you are one of those people who likes to get a lot of bang for your buck, Risk it for the Biscuit might be the best bet for sheer artistic variance going this week. “There's something weird and special about seeing minimalist paint sculptures next to giant fantasy landscapes, next to sleek pencil drawings on the same gallery wall,” says Jones. “Even though we've been learning from the same professors in the same space for the past four years, it's pretty obvious that we have very different interests and aesthetic values.”

Artists Jessica Ableson, Craig Budovitch, Colin Patrick Canary, Duncan Ferguson, Megan Henry, Katie Hernandez, Hannah Schroeter, Kristen Sharpe, Natania Sherman, Kristian Spears, Brianne Williams and Jones touch on such varied themes as the western middle class, the sea, interior and exterior space, youth culture and boredom, science fiction and more.

“I paint a lot of sloppy monsters, two-headed cats, birds with laser eyes—the same stuff I drew when I was a kid” says Jones, who will be drawing portraits at the opening. “I just try to have a good time, sometimes it just comes across like a one-liner, but I'm okay with that. If I ran out of ways to make painting fun for myself, I wouldn't paint at all.”

Jones—who baked the cookies featured on the show poster—explains the title.

“There was a day a few months back when we were all feeling pretty worn out, so I made a bunch of motivational posters to put up in the other artists’ studios. I made one for Colin Canary that said ‘YOU GOTTA RISK IT TO GET THE BISCUIT’ and when we were thinking about a name for the show, he suggested it. It's just about taking chances.”

The artists will be at the gallery Friday to Thursday, 2-7pm and the artwork on display will be for sale. Get your holiday shopping underway and tell Brown Thursday or Black Friday or whatever we are calling it now where to go with a local piece of artwork. Risk it for the Biscuit runs to December 3.

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