1-night time-only exhibition welcomes new and returning pupils to Stanford’s visible arts scene

The appears of avant-garde experimental lo-fi and a looping animation of a Na’vi lady from James Caemron’s “Avatar” using atop a bike established the scene at Roble Arts Gymnasium this earlier Saturday. The movie was component of a a person-evening-only pupil art exhibition entitled “Synth” that was set up and taken down within the span of five-and-a-50 percent several hours. The exhibit featured parts from an open up call to on-campus artists.

“It was just this outrageous roller coaster of transferring pieces and pieces. We hung the very last piece all around five. We even lined the exhibition partitions with this black trash bag wrap. I wanted this to glimpse like we did it, like it was anything that students truly did independently,” claimed exhibition curator and creator of the “Avatar” animation Gunner Dongieux ’22.

The show’s general theme was checking out the return to everyday living soon after quarantine, and its multimedia curation featured operates together with little-scale paintings, an upcycled corset, a lifetime-sized oil portrait, experimental images, a satirical collage of entire world maps and a four-foot tall cardboard sculpture.

Onlookers quit to see Gunner Dongieux’s ’22 Fantasy of Sisyphus airbrush painting. (Picture: ULA LUCAS/The Stanford Daily)

Whilst examining scholar submissions for the exhibition, Dongieux seen “motifs of advancement [and] fracture” that he hoped to highlight to the article-pandemic Stanford local community. The scrappy backdrop and diverse media on show seemed appropriate offered the present-day point out of campus: fragmented, synthetic interactions knowledgeable for the duration of isolation are being changed with the communal and natural realities of an in-person quarter. 

At the exhibition, Bhumikorn “Bhu” Kongtaveelert ’25, who is a author at The Every day, shown a trio of gouache paintings exhibiting greenery increasing among cracks in the road. 

“I started off it in Thailand,” Kongtaveelert claimed.  “At the time, it was politically turbulent, and folks were being extremely polarized. I completed it listed here. I believed it was a amusing parallel — for the reason that The usa is extremely fragmented, and as an global university student, it is like, ‘wow, okay, [America is] progressive, but also so divided as nicely.’” 

Kongtaveelert hopes to post additional parts to approaching pupil reveals, and to upcoming gallery people he indicates: “instead of inquiring ‘how did you make this,’ request ‘why do you make this?’ The why is vital, as properly.”

A single of Dongieux’s goals for the exhibition aligned with the broader charge of fostering a flourishing and interconnected arts community at Stanford — from frosh to seniors, artwork apply to computer system science majors. Synth brought together an interdisciplinary and intergenerational physique of perform. 

Two students looking at a corset.
Eli Arguello ’25 solutions concerns about her style piece. (Picture: ULA LUCAS/The Stanford Day-to-day)

As a workers member in Burbank, which properties Stanford’s arts immersion software ITALIC, Dongieux was in a position to spread the term to new artists on campus and enable them kickstart their arts job at Stanford by collaborating in the exhibit. Burbank resident Eli Arguello ’25 whose piece — a corset upcycled from a pair corduroy trousers — was on screen, appreciated the exhibition as an opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of being an artist at Stanford. 

“I acquired to listen to about the artwork apply significant and what studio areas are like in this article. It was seriously eye-opening,” Arguello reported.

Dongieux will be following up this project by curating a different open up simply call exhibition up coming quarter. He encourages all artists to post their will work, and he hopes the full Stanford neighborhood will arrive see the clearly show. 

“This a person was certainly the scrappy initial round, but hopefully displaying the university that we’ve done this and that it went really well, they’ll let us get a greater room for far more time,” Dongieux said.

This article has been current to replicate that Eli’s very last identify is spelled “Arguello.” The Everyday regrets this error.