Oh, What A Blow That Phantom Gave Me!

UBC Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Raymond Bisjoly, Melanie Bond, Natalie Doonan & Christian Chaumont, Jesse Gray, Joshua Hite, Paul Kajander, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Elizabeth Milton, Colin Miner, Ryan Peter, Kristina Podesva, Sarah Turner

Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! features new works by the University of British Columbia Master of Fine Arts students. What unites the works is their exploration of the concepts of perception and translation.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by the famous windmill scene in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and the book by Edmund Carpenter of the same name. The prevailing theme of Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! is translation (or mistranslation) and to emphasize this theme the curators made phantom “interventions” into the artists’ practices. The curators based the audio, textual, and visual “interventions” on the referential title and the works in this exhibition are the artists’ responses to the “interventions.”  Forming a collective yet fragmented and macabre narrative, the “interventions” were suggestive of the intangibility of individual perception and its concomitant effect on interpersonal relationships.
Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! is curated by the first-year Critical and Curatorial Studies students, Jacqueline Mabey, Kim Nguyen, and Alison Rajah, in collaboration with the participating artists.

This exhibition is supported by the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Alma Mater Society at the University of British Columbia.