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Parallels in Para11els

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The gallery is currently displaying Para11els, which includes the various works of art done by senior students. As being one of the students in the show, I thought I may shed some light on what this show really is about. The name Para11els is an interesting one. The class decided on it last minute after really diving into each other's work. There are 11 of us (hence the 11 in place of the l's that should be there), and while each body of work is very different, they are all very similar.

It is funny to me how after working alongside my peers for an entire semester, I only noticed the parallels between each while we discussed installing. The beautiful pieces I had been commenting on over three months all resonated with one another. The biggest parallel is that they are all personal.
Each student put a sense of their personal life in their work, whether it be through illnesses or struggles endured, reflection on life thus far, things they care about on a personal level, or somet…

A Different Lens

On December 5th, the show Para11els by our professional practices class opened.
This show is a collection of art works from different seniors at Loyola University.
I had the privilege to help set up the show and got to hear a snippet of the artists talking about
their work. It was so incredibly moving to hear all the artists talk about what their work means to
them and how their lives and experiences have impacted the art they decided to put in this show.
There are so many different stories and emotions held in the artwork that there is something every
one can relate to. So many different collections resonated with me that it would be hard to pick
just one to talk about, so I hope that everyone that comes in can find a piece of art to connect to,
and I have no doubt that you will be able to. Especially as a student myself, it is nice to see work
done by other students and see that even though we are so similar in terms of age we have either
a very similar view of the world or a very di…

Hope Floats

By: Anna Giardino
In Foon Sham's exhibit Sea of Hope we get to see the gathering of many messages of faith and strength from hundreds of individuals around the world. The paper boats set for the exhibit hold inside of them messages of hope and strength for those who were struggling with cancer. Each boat was either hand folded by Foon himself or by individuals who decided to take part in his art display. Sea of Hope has been featured all around the world including in China, Australia, and the U.S. The inspiration for this piece stems from Foon's own experience of losing his mother to Cancer. He wanted to give those who were experiencing the emotional effects of fighting cancer a place to go to know that they were not alone on their journey. Sea of Hope gently conveys messages of strength and unity with each additional boat. It is currently installed in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery and is free to the public!

Sea of Hope Inspiration

Foon Sham's Sea of Hope is an installation which is a tribute to his mother who passed away in 2002 after battling cancer. The long wooden vessel is symbolic to the long journey she experienced but also being peaceful. New origami boats are being added every day with messages of hope for loved ones who have or are currently suffering from cancer. Stop by the art gallery anytime to experience this unique, amazing exhibit and to write your own message of hope!

Foon Sham Reception

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Foon Sham: Reception      by: Kristen Koczot '20         The Julio Fine Arts Gallery held the reception for Foon Sham: Sea of Hope on October 24, 2019. Many guests came to visit this memorable display Foon Sham built and created in memory of his mother who passed away from cancer. During the reception, new boats were added to the display, each carrying a message which will be added to Foon's collection and will later be read. Many people were intrigued and moved by the powerful message this display left them. Personally, it took me a few days to get the courage to write a boat for this display, but a brief talk with Foon at the beginning of the reception gave me the push to create and write a message. Many of the guests who attended the reception had a moment to speak with Foon. He shared how he collected and saved every boat he received from people around the world. He makes it his mission to read each one when he folds the boats up when closing a display or when he is laying…

Reaction to Sea of Hope by Josh Chrobak

This week marks the opening of Foon Sham's Sea of Hope, which is an installation in homage to his mother who passed away from cancer in 2002. The wooden vessel is in the shape of a boat, which will help carry his mothers spirit into the afterlife. Surrounding the installation are origami boats with messages that viewers from all over the world have written to their loved ones. Sham has displayed this installation in Hong Kong, Macau, Australia and the United States; With each installation his collection of origami boats grows, and therefore the "Sea of Hope" grows.

I am currently enrolled in the Professional Practices class here at Loyola, and we were fortunate enough to help Foon Sham install Sea of Hope and hear him speak about his experience with building and displaying this work all throughout the world. He spoke about how the vessel is so large that it would be extremely expensive to send it from continent to continent, so he built a different vessel in the US, Hong…

A Deeper Look

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This week marks the closing of Stelae by René Triviño.
Because of this I want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing pieces we’ve been seeing.
Specifically my favorite piece of the collection, entitled Embrace 1. 

It is a piece I can clearly see from my seat at the desk and have consequently
spent hours of my time this week studying.
Something about it calls out to me, the way two bodies are entwined and almost look as they are one,
the flow and twist of their bodies, it’s intriguing and I feel I could look at for hours on end.
This time spent looking at the piece has been very beneficial to understanding it and coming to my own
definition of the piece, which to me is the most important thing about art, not only the meaning behind it to
the artist but also the meaning to the viewer.  Sometimes we are able to resonate with the artists meaning behind the art but sometimes we have such
different life experiences that we can’t resonate with the arts meaning. When this happens it’s important…