Experience 'Creative Edge'
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions," once said Albert Einstein, and this flight of imagination was framed, bottled, animated and sculpted at the Creative Edge Exhibition Series, at the Centre for the Arts (CFA), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).
The exhibition was a coming together of artists, some established, others young, who expressed themselves in various media and showcased their works to the world.
"The idea behind this initiative," informed Janice Lindsay, arts and culture director at UTech, "is to encourage those with a creative mindset to come and exhibit their works."
With creativity being the focal
point, some of the exhibits moved beyond the realm of the common, to be viewed and savoured with a wide-angled imagination.
A range of bottled condiments neatly stacked on a table tells the story of 19-year-old Mahalia Gordon's entrepreneurial journey. Owner of MahGord, she produces all-natural seasoning made from locally-grown traditional farm produce. There is nothing designer or flashy about seasonings one might say, well they can become an orchestra of flavour on the palate and, in Gordon's case, the ingredients and their heady mix produce the whiff of creative element.
"The development of Mahalia's seasoning is a manifestation of her passion for culinary arts," Lindsay said. "The concept is 'From Farm to Table', which allows the ingredients and her creativity speak for themselves."
This (MahGord) is an example of blending culinary arts with the traditional art forms," Lindsay said, adding that CFA will look into more such confluences in the future.
A chicken is seeing zipping across the screen of an LCD TV in a bid to escape being slow roasted and ending up as dinner on a plate. Created by a techie quartet, Jnelle Blackwood, Rickardo Hyde, Kadeem Heywood, and Stephan Smith, who form the Working Enigma; Pan Chicken Dash is a game that was created for the Digital Jam 3.0 competition.
The visitors could try their hands on the gaming console to try and help the chicken to collect the hidden eggs before the time runs out on it.
"This is a big hit among the younger crowd, and lends interactivity to the process," UTech's arts and culture director said.
The mix media abstracts by Dwight Dawkins weave a web of intrigue, the twisted vine-like creations that manifest into forms that are left to the visitors to interpret. While Lupita Nyong'o is captured in a three-dimensional portrait, created out contoured packing cardboard, by Garfield Morgan.
Kesi Mortley, on the other hand, captured the horrors of slavery in two busts that seem to cry out for freedom in the creation 'Emancipation'.
"There is a critical role for universities in facilitating the development of the creative industries in Jamaica and the Caribbean," Lindsay said.
CFA, she said, is looking to expand beyond traditional visual arts and fashion design - to include culinary arts, animation, cosmetic production, wood craft and music composition - with efforts to broaden its reach into the creative arts.
The Creative Edge journey, which concludes November 21, passes through numerous prolific artistic genres, according to Lindsay, this initiative will seek to provide a marketing platform and exhibition space for creative-arts practitioners.
Ernest Hemingway describes the value of a voyage, which could encapsulate the Creative Edge experience: It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.