Zoe Grieze, a senior in the College of Art, and Andrew McIlvaine, a master’s candidate in the Graduate School of Art, will represent the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in “Varsity Art XXII.” Hosted by Art St. Louis, the annual exhibition features work by undergraduate and graduate students from St. Louis college and university-level art programs.
Grieze’s contribution, “whatever happens, you will understand, won’t you?” (2018), explores issues of decay and remembrance through a “haunted” bootleg copy of the animated film “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” Screened on an old tele-video unit, the piece continually rewinds and replays a brief scene depicting the departure of Christopher Robin. As sound and image quality slowly degrade, said Grieze, “all that is left is a faint sensory memory.”
McIlvaine’s practice “revolves around understanding animal/human relationships. Through the juxtaposition of these conflicting subjects, my artwork aims to capture the anxiety evoked by the potential consequences of current environmental, social and political issues.” His diptych, “Not all seek meaning, but those that do find it” (2017), explores the disorienting effects of restriction, limitation and confinement.
Varsity Art XXII opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2. Art St. Louis is located at 1223 Pine Ave. For more information, visit www.artstlouis.org.