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Young at art: Clean Hands @ Concordia's VAV Gallery

Posted by Carolyn / November 12, 2009

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Two Concordia art students, photographer Christie Vuong and painter Laura Findlay, take playtime from the schoolyard to the studio with their new exhibition "Clean Hands" at the VAV Gallery. Offering a unique, playful perspective on childhood and innocence, Vuong and Findlay remind us all to get back in touch with our inner child.

Whimsical, light-hearted and colorful, Findlay's work depicts kids and their interactions with animals and expertly captures the simple joys of childhood. According to Findlay, children are potent vehicles for the expression of emotion because they feel everything strongly and purely, without barriers. Her work's striking use of color and bold, confident strokes beautifully express the powerful emotion that she seeks to convey. Highlights of the collection are Baby with Rottweilers, You Can Toucan, and Girl with Hamster--a cheerful painting which induced a moment of nostalgic thoughts about the guinea pig I had when I was nine.

10112009cleanhands.jpg Vuong's photograph series "Inside My Head" explores the mind of the young and that Wordsworthian sense of childish wonder. Vuong describes her work as an investigation of the young psyche: "Children have a better ability to tap into that surreal world to run away from things that they don't understand or things that they don't want to understand. This other world is a world of play, of timelessness, of imaginary friends and of no consequences."

Check out this world of play at the VAV Gallery (1395 Rene Levesque W.), and be sure to bring your friends--real or imaginary.

Photos by Niki Hyde.

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