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Merge blends students’ combined vision with public

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By definition the term “merge” is to combine to form a single entity.


This single entity for 22 graduating Medicine Hat College Visual Communication students is an exhibition of their work which combines the talents they have acquired in their studies, coupled with their own unique visions, styles and outlooks.
The exhibition will be shown at the One on One Gallery from April 10-28, but the opening reception is April 11 at 7 p.m. in the West Wing of the Cultural Center (299 College Dr. S.E.) in Medicine Hat.
This is an annual event of the graduating students’ works, but each particular graduating year has its own theme. This year is different because it’s in the new wing of the College’s Cultural Centre building.
Jayson Zaleski, an instructor within the division of arts/department of visual communications and spokesperson for the event, is excited about what the students have accomplished.
“Students are showcasing their depth,” explains Zaleski.
Besides the exhibition, there will be tables set up nearby where each student can display a portfolio. This allows for perspective employers, as well as friends and family, to check out more of the students’ work.
Each student will be allowed to display two pieces so 44 in all. These pieces can be of any medium including  drawings, paintings, sculptures, 4-D work, video, and flat silk screening.
“It’s a pretty interesting year with the new gallery and controlled space. The building itself has opened up another sensibility on how work can be done. (The new workstation area in the back) made it more personal work this year. They were able to produce a body of work easier and they could acclimatize to it,” explains Zaleski.
“Plus, while the exhibition space in the old gallery had character and was more intimate, it was not the best space to show work. We don't have to battle issues like space restrictions on how work can be hung and lighting.”
Besides helping out with Merge, Zaleski teaches third-year applied visual communications as well as second- and third-year typography. He is involved in a variety of curriculum development and internship programs as well as a myriad of other duties at the college.
He says the students have done the work in setting up this event including creating the website at: www.merge2015ca.
Zaleski noted it was up to the students as a collective to narrow down the theme of the exhibition.
“This group of students are really close and know each other well and so they understood and respected everybody’s point of view,” explains Zaleski.
“It hasn’t been a completely smooth process in deciding what the theme was, but by and large, I’m really pleased this year. (It’s) a pretty strong group,” he adds.
“They all understand implications within the design process.”

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