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Coping Mechanisms: A Vassar Bike Shop Instillation

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Coping Mechanisms: A Vassar Bike Shop Instillation

Sadie Hackworth

Mahalia Iwugo    Pen, paper, acrylic

Mahalia Iwugo

Pen, paper, acrylic

On the first night of December, I made my way to the Bike Shop, a sanctuary hidden within the basement of Strong House. This space, which has made quite the progression throughout this semester; from a barren, unwelcoming space to a post-punk, cozy hideaway, was the venue of “Coping Mechanisms: A Vassar Bike Shop Instillation”. The walls were adorned with spray paint graffiti, and juxtaposed by string lights galore. The art itself was a component of the décor. Works dangled like fixtures from the ceiling and nonchalantly hung from the walls, adding a lived-in, familial essence to the gallery. In the busy yet warm environment, I found Mahalia Iwugo ’21, co-host of the event and featured artist. “It’s all about coping mechanisms and an artist’s way to cope,” she says, “we wanted to get a pretty eclectic group of artists together. We didn’t all know each other. We just met up in the Deece one night, played some drawing games, and talked about what we wanted to do with the show.”

Sunny Side     Camryn Casey    Watercolor on paper

Sunny Side

Camryn Casey

Watercolor on paper

The show definitely brought forward their diverse aims. The variety in mediums and perspectives (along with the unique method of showing the art) seems to have made this event highly popular and anticipated. However, there was more at play than just the desire to showcase Vassar’s avant-garde art scene; says Iwugo, “I feel like there isn’t a huge art community at Vassar, or at least one that’s easily accessible for those who don’t take art classes. This seemed like a good way to create a community, and we’d like to keep it going and get more artists together. There’s a lot more to come.”

Portraits of Self, Nurses and Patients While in Hospital     Miranda Amey

Portraits of Self, Nurses and Patients While in Hospital

Miranda Amey

Unfinished Boi     Camryn Casey    Acrylic on canvas

Unfinished Boi

Camryn Casey

Acrylic on canvas

Dreaming     Luka Carlsen    Multimedia on cardboard

Dreaming

Luka Carlsen

Multimedia on cardboard

Unseen Room     Mahalia Iwugo    Scanned pen on paper

Unseen Room

Mahalia Iwugo

Scanned pen on paper

I Just Need to Close My Eyes for a Sec, I’m Not Sleeping I Swear      Camryn Casey      Acrylic on canvas

I Just Need to Close My Eyes for a Sec, I’m Not Sleeping I Swear

Camryn Casey

Acrylic on canvas

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