“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Life imitates art… and vice versa…

On Tuesday, March 29th, our blogging team got together to enjoy some modern art at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The exhibit was called Mashup, a collection of modern and post-modern art that made its way into society in the 20th century. Modernist art attempted to emulate originality and uniqueness; post-modern flipped the bird at all of that and stole/remixed/restructured all art forms into new and pieces. It was rather interesting to see the transformation of the meaning of art throughout the years, many of which were head-scratchers (there’s probably a reason why none of us are Art majors).

But what was truly special about this night was the fact that we got to share it with our fellow brothers, Justin, Keni and Johnny, who joined us on our social, even though they aren’t part of the blogging team. In turn, they’ve written “blog posts” of their own, as a way to contribute to our blog! Read on to discover what Justin and Keni thought about the event, and how Johnny sees art as a puzzling (yet all-encompassing) form of life.

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Justin Na

’Twas a beautiful Tuesday evening that I went with my fellow APO family to attend to an art exhibition downtown. Now, as it was an after-class excursion, I had to rush to the bus loop to meet up with others the moment my class ended— but that is when I realized that I had forgotten my freaking Compass Card in my dormitory. However, it is through this experience that I realized how forgiving and patient the members of APO were; they missed the bus of their choice because of me, and yet they still greeted me with smiles and joy. This patience and perpetual joy, I believe, is one of the beautiful characteristics of many APO members who surround me with love even through mishaps.

Now, because I am not an artsy human myself, I was unsure if I will be able to enjoy an art exhibit. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, as I had the chance of hearing what fellow APO members felt about each art exhibit. Afterwards, I shared the wonders of Chipotle with everyone who came to the museum that day. The magic and excitement did not end there however; the bus ride back to campus was also one of those moments which you laugh so hard with those around you that you don’t want the bus ride to end <3

All in all, it was such a memorable trip with my APO family. I would absolutely love to go to places with them again soon :)

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Keni Ng

It has been a while since I have been to the Vancouver Art Gallery. While the collection of the gallery never ceases to amaze me, it felt extraordinary to visit the gallery with our fellow APO members, because it gave us an opportunity to relax and hangout with each other beside academic and service works. It was also an eye-opening and interesting experience to exchange thoughts and ideas with our members in regard to the art pieces. The gallery was having an exhibition about the birth of modern culture, and I was highly interested in this theme as I was always wondering the origin and the evolution of the modern culture. Even though I am not an art expertise, this exhibition gave me a chance to immerse myself in different artists’ worlds, such as Marcel Duchamp’s reinterpretation of modern art, as well as Cory Arcangel’s investigation of pop culture elements in pre-existing lo-fi materials. After the visit, we went to Chipotle for supper (I didn’t know there were Chipotle in Vancouver until then lol). All in all, the trip was a blast, hope there will be more variety of events in the future!

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Johnny Lee

Anything can be art – that’s what I’ve learned from our recent trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Pieces ranging from a literal stack of mattresses to a golden urinal are some examples of the work that were displayed. And no, we had absolutely no idea what their significance was besides what they were at face value. Art like those are so open-ended, I don’t believe anyone can simply decide their definitive meaning. Would the significance of a piece depend solely on the artist and what the artist intended the piece to mean? Or would the significance depend on the admirers of the piece who interpret the work through their own perspective, one shaped by their unique life experiences? Once again, I don’t think anyone can simply decide which of the two interpretations are correct. Rather, I’m certain that are many other ways of interpreting art. Maybe some people choose to perceive art as what they physically are and not the underlying meaning of the work. Maybe some focus on why an artist created a particular piece as opposed to what the piece actually is. You could even argue that one’s understanding and appreciation of art is just as unique as an artist’s distinct artistic style. It could be abstract and geometrical like Pablo Picasso’s. It could be ironic and sexual like Terry Richardson’s. It could be clean and minimalistic like Tony Smith’s. It can literally be anything. Nobody else looks at the world through the same two eyes. And that’s why anything can be art – because art is really just the way we take what would otherwise be objective things, and give them a subjective interpretation that is unique and meaningful to ourselves.

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Thank you, brothers, for joining us on our art crawl! And, as webmaster (but not for much longer), I’d like to extend a huge thank you to my bloggers for making this project a worth-while success. As I pass off my position to the next webmaster, Emily Cheung, I also pass off the small and memorable moments – such as this social – knowing that she will contribute 110% to the position.

"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious." – Oscar Wilde

Best,

Melissa

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