Art of the Month is a recurring feature that highlights the visual artwork of UFV students. In conjunction with the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), The Cascade chooses the works of multiple artists to be featured each month. To submit your work, please send an image, 50 word bio, 150 word artist statement, and image list with titles, mediums, sizes, and dates of creation (must be within the past year) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limit of three submissions per person, per month.
Selected works may be displayed at The Cascade lounge, in room S2111 of the Abbotsford UFV campus. The submission deadline for next month is Friday, March 30.
Title: Meditation #1
By: Jesse Klassen
Medium: Acrylic and spray paint on stretched canvas
Size: 36 x 24 inch
This image seeks to engage in thought with the mystery of the Christian Godhead (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). “Meditation #1” is from a series of four abstract paintings of varying sizes each engaging with this subject in a unique manner. This work combines a number of different techniques and types of paint applied in specifically three stages, each stage symbolic to a member of the Trinity. The four paintings serve as visuals for my own meditations on this subject, and the mystery and controversy it is naturally associated with. Although the subject of religion is a difficult topic to discuss, I believe it to be an important conversation, as it is culturally relevant to people on a global scale.
Working in a wide variety of visual media including painting, photography, and performance, Jesse Klassen is concerned with art and religion in the 21st century. In the portrayal of these ideas, he draws on natural and abstract imagery, making the work both informative and meditative.