Great work at Goldsmiths BA shows by Charlotte Elliston

Continuing our round of visits to check out the degree shows, I popped along to the Goldsmiths BA shows which included Fine Art, Art Psychotherapy, Design and Communication and more. Unusually, the shows were spread all over the site so it really felt like the whole campus was involved. Now I’m not biased, just because I am currently studying here, but I thought the work was fantastic and have ended up with too many favourites to show them all so here are just a few examples.

Grace Buttall’s large paintings of everyday themes had a wonderful use of colour and there seemed to be something humorous but poignant in the characters she depicts.

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Grace Buttall, Disco I and Disco II

This was a piece by Susana Diaz Perez in which a white forest had been created, suspended from the ceiling and was trailing tendrils towards the floor.

Susana Diaz Perez, Artificially White

Susana Diaz Perez, Artificially White

Always a sucker for 8mm or 16mm film, this was a beautiful projection by Katie Miller onto a screen constructed of cardboard.

Katie Miller, Zoe and the Fish

Katie Miller, Zoe and the Fish

Woonhae Yea’s interactive piece was a show highlight for many. A scaffolding construction was created with a grass platform inside. Viewers could climb inside to pop their heads through holes and look around into this unusual piece.

Woonhae Yea, Untitled

Woonhae Yea, Untitled

Prize for the most unsettling piece in the show goes to Michael Clements, whose film piece was a rendering of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, where Chris Tarrant was asking questions of a humanoid figure who was possibly answering them telepathically. In a dark room, full of viewers silently watching, this was a very unnerving piece to see.

Michael Clements, Untitled

Michael Clements, Untitled

Sunhee Kim’s work was a selection of beautifully created photographs featuring young women in slightly awkward positions. Hung, so that the women appeared as if standing, there was ambiguity as to how the photograph had been taken, creating a tension which gave these images much more depth.

One of Sunhee Kim's photographs

One of Sunhee Kim’s photographs

Last but not least, Fina Schneider’s film installation showed what we assume was the artist and a friend shaving their legs in unlikely places. Those that know the fountains of London would recognize the Barbican and fountain by Kings Cross among other venues. This was an interesting exploration of private ritual and how it interacts with the public sphere.

Fina Schneider, Shaving Our Legs in a River

Fina Schneider, Shaving Our Legs in a River

The show is on until Monday 22 June, so make sure you see it!

Sweet’Art Visits the Slade Graduate Show – 5 Good Things by Jerome Beresford

Sweet’Art popped along to the Graduate Show at the Slade School of Fine Art. It was all very conceptual with little figurative work and a rough and ready theme. But there are some interesting works to be seen; here were our favourite five in no particular order.

Trent Bates produced a fun little piece using a rotating projector to show an airliner endlessly flying around the inside of a cylindrical canvas. It reminded me of that gif of those table tennis cats saying “O RLY” “YA RLY” to each other, sometimes I like to think of them endlessly batting that ball back and forth on a server somewhere until the last computer in the world is destroyed.

Trent Bates

Richard Müller created an immersive cavern of projections, sand, light and sounds, with a dark pool of water dancing cymatically at its centre.

Richard Muller

We particularly enjoyed Sarah Choo Jing’s dark re-imaginings of Paris’ Pigalle quarter, populated with the occasional lost looking human statue or crusty juggler.

Sarah Choo Jing

Rory O’Connor ‘s elegant sculpture of a table carved out to accommodate the parabolic path of a pendulum hypnotised us for a pleasant moment.

Rory O'Connor

We enjoyed Natalia Janula’s tiny sculptures created using found materials, fusing the natural with the manmade, the timeless with the digital, and reminiscent of the enigmatic sculptures that drive the narrative in William Gibson’s Count Zero.

Natalia Janula

OH and on the way out: “I don’t understand my artwork, but people find it difficult. I think it’s really accessible.”

Sweet ‘Art top 5 picks at De Montfort University BA Design Crafts by Karina Geddes

So we decided to get crafty at De Montfort and here are are top 5 picks of the show! Lets hear it for the girls!

Hayley Jane Kennell

An interesting interpretation of contemporary poetry combined with the theme of hoarding. The surface patterns – some of which consisted of a 50’s pin up with a cow head and pattern, then printed onto simple vessel shapes – made for a pretty dark ceramics collection.
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Katy Fletcher
What struck me most when looking at Katy’s collection was one, the sheer size of her contemporary jewelry piece, and two, the test tubes of questionable florescent liquid. I felt the big jewellery piece stood out because it is like a repeat pattern turned into a large sculpture, which made for striking contrast between art and craft.
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Mary Hall
The girl with the big work ethic… literally. Her set up was like a school with embroidered graffiti-ed desks, spelling posters and fabric stationary. I spent a good twenty minutes flicking through her textile/stitched school work books. The level of detail to each page was both nostalgic and jaw dropping, from times tables to doodles and graffiti.
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Naomi Jasmine
For what was a contemporary crafts exhibition these ceramics hailed more to antique Japanese pottery, with the feel of British maritime. The combination of both cultures resulted in some very unique surface design. Her work felt cheery and extremely pretty which contrasted well with the more “modern style” craft pieces.
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Natasha Burn
While looking at metal sculptures and jewellery, it nearly took me a full five minutes to realise that it was suspended. This added a delicacy to her work, as you would normally associate metal with being heavy and clunky. Additionally the contrast between the colours and pattern made them feel less like sculptures, and more like naturally found objects.
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