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November 24, 2009 TheJibseet  ARTS 7 Professional artwork on display at BC You have the chance to party with Michael Cera, from Superbad and the Oscar'S-winning Juno, and be invited to a free screening of his upcoming film Youth In Revolt at your college. How it works: Colleges from Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia are eligible to participate. The top college in EACH of the 5 cities will win! (Total of 5 winning schools) Visit to demand Mi'chael Cera and Youth In Revolt at your school! Colin Takasawa ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR The Bellevue College Art Gallery is currently hosting a new exhibit entitled "Three/ Solo." The exhibition showcases artwork from three professional artists: Matthew Ballou, Jacob Foran, and Fred Lisaius. Their three respective segments are entitled: "Strive," "Trounce," and "Flourish." Ballou's collection, "Strive," consists of twelve tondo pieces created in multiple layers of pastel. Ballou says of his art, "The group of works I present here is a small contemplation on the gesture or shape of struggle, concern, and distress." Ballou's words aptly fit his work. The men and women in his pieces appear naked in many of them, their bodies contorted or being held against their will. MatthewBalloustresses,however, that these are not representations of physical pain. "They are instead symbolic stylizations of the aches we feel, inspired by an iconography of bodily form and posture. They imagine the machinations we get. up to when in states of deep anxiety, whether in our banal daily lives or amid the worrisome questions of intellectual engagement. They are about a kind of conceptual discomfiture distilled through the image of the body," said Ballou. Aesthetically, the pastels are extremely rich in detail, capturing a single frame of movement and a single moment in time. One piece, "Paroxysm," features dark, cold colors and portrays a faceless-being crawling on top of a heap of rubble. Another, "The Impossible Geometries of Contemplation," depicts an individual sitting, facing away from the viewer, reflecting; darkness to his left and a potential horizon to his right. Jacob Foran's collection, "Trounce," consists of sculptures that are realistic yet bizarre, created with ceramics, an assortment of media and found objects. His sculptures range from animals like "Eddie," a pale mastiff, to orange submarines and unreal, fragmented pseudo- human figures. Objects like bones, hair and animal skin add to the surreal effect of his artwork. The near-human eyes of some of Foran's sculptures are the most disturbing aspect of his pieces, making the figures appear as frozen beings, still . alive but unable to communicate. One such piece, entitled "Cuby," is a towering statue of an intimidating, powerfully built, naked man; the eyes in particular add an authenticity that is very unsettling. "I make art that makes me question  and derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation," Fred Lisaius Artist The third collection, by Fred Lisaius, is titled "Flourish," and it is far different from the other two collections. His colorful paint renditions of the beauty of nature evoke tranquil thoughts. The paintings themselves are very serene, demonstrating an appreciation of the natural world. "Sometimes I think .of my studio as a greenhouse both physically and metaphorically. It has three large skylights and windows on three walls. It glows a beautiful light even on cloudy Northwest days. This is where I grow my ideas and they manifest themselves as my plants, flowers, animals and landscapes. Ultimately these are paintings about ourselves and our world," said Lisaius. Ballou's, Foran's, and Lisaius' exhibits are all worth seeing. The Bellevue College Art Gallery is on the second floor above the library in room 271. The exhibition will run until Dec. 9. Remember, the artists want you to see the pieces they've created. "I make art that makes me question and derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation," said Fred Lisaius. ARTS@THEJIBSHEET.COM qm,