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Where the Lines Overlap

“Tracing patterns across a personal map
And making pictures where the lines overlap” – ‘Where the Lines Overlap’, by Paramore

A couple of weeks back, a friend told me about an upcoming art exhibition happening over at the University of Toronto Art Centre. I was interested in going to the opening night, but engineering did its thing and I wasn’t able to make it. However, seeing as how I’ve had a sudden uptick in free time lately, I took the time out to appreciate some of the amazing talent we have right here on campus.

I was greeted by a bright, inviting orange door, decorated only by a neat, sans-serif description and thin arrow.

I was greeted by a bright, inviting door, decorated only by a neat sans-serif description and thin arrow.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved going to museums of any variety. I never really understood why anyone would find art and history uninteresting by any means; perhaps it was due to one being unable to relate to the subject matter. In any case, the art on display at the Art Centre is definitely relatable, in no small part due to the creators themselves being fellow students. Indeed, some of the pieces triggered instant reactions from myself and those around me. That being said, here are some of the pieces that jumped out at me – don’t worry, I won’t try to impress upon you my likely disparate interpretations of the pieces.

One of my favourite works on display, done with acrylic on canvas. The last time I tried to paint with acrylic, I started with a rose and ended with a puddle of mud.

One of my favourite works on display, done with acrylic on canvas. The last time I tried to paint with acrylic, I started with a rose and ended with a puddle of mud.

One look, and I was already frustrated with it. WHY WON'T YOU LOAD??!

One look, and I was already frustrated with it. WHY WON’T YOU LOAD??!

Seeing all of this creative thinking really made my day. Some of the pieces made me crack a smile, others made me think, and still more gave me a sense of admiration for the minds behind them. I wish I could have thought of some of the implications and uses for everyday objects and images in the ways that the artists encapsulated. I guess that’s why I didn’t go into design.

This one is titled "seasonal chalice". For me, at least, it's a perennial chalice. #Starbucks is life

This one is titled “seasonal chalice”. For me, at least, it’s a perennial chalice. #Starbucks is life

The Shelley Peterson student art exhibition is on display until April 9th, so if you haven’t yet gotten the chance to go take a look, I’d fully recommend doing so. It’s a show of support for fellow students, as well as a rewarding experience in and of itself. And, while you’re there, check out the rest of the museum! It’s not massive, but you can easily spend more time than you intended to. I know I did.