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!

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