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.


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!

Degree Show time! First up UEL BA Fine Art by Charlotte Elliston

It’s that time of year again and as always Sweet ‘Art will be visiting as many University degree shows as possible, as we love the buzz and excitement which comes from students celebrating the conclusion of their studies and creating ambitious and often boundary-pushing new work.

As always, UEL gets an early slot in the calendar and with three of the Sweet ‘Art team being alumni of the course, we were eager to see what was in store. Our favourite picks of the exhibition, which is titled East London showcase and can still be viewed until 25 May, are – in no particular order:

Carolyn J Whittaker

Carolyn J Whittaker

Carolyn J Whittaker’s piece (unfortunately we did not manage to take down the title of the piece) was the first stand-out in the show. Large, glossy red spheres hung suspended from the ceiling, and slowly dripped to create puddles on the floor. Reminiscent of glace cherries or balloons, the obvious weight of the spheres, plus the slow, sorrowful drip reminded me of the end of a party – a feeling evoked similar to that in Anne Hardy’s ‘Untitled IV (Balloons)’ with it’s connotations of entropy and decay.

Ann Hardy 'Untitled IV (Balloons)'

Ann Hardy ‘Untitled IV (Balloons)’

Andrea Bigby’s ‘P.A.C.E’ also caught our eye. Apologies for the poor installation shot, but due to the nature of the piece it was hard to capture effectively. This was a series of hung prints, on a not-quite opaque paper. Some of the images were very slightly grainy or blurred which meant that when the installation was seen from different viewpoints, the layering created a filmic sense of movement or time.


Andrea Bigby ‘P.A.C.E’

Next we came across the work of Ryan Prince, and enjoyed two of his pieces. ‘Domestic Departure’ was shown as a wallpaper hanging which we enjoyed for the unusual display method.

Ryan Prince 'Domestic Departure'

Ryan Prince ‘Domestic Departure’

Ryan’s other piece was a darkly comic photograph titled ‘Goodbye (To Fine Wine)’. The works seemed to explore ideas of mass-production and consumerism, but with a lighthearted touch which was appealing. We liked the juxtaposition of the fairytale-like characters of the bird with a mundane setting.

Ryan Prince 'Goodbye (To Fine Wine)'

Ryan Prince ‘Goodbye (To Fine Wine)’

The final piece we loved was Daniel Reid’s ‘Astray’, a film composed entirely of shots of abandoned hairbands, which was really nicely shot and again there are similar ideas brought up to those of Carolyn Whittaker around entropy and Ryan Prince’s repetition of a theme. Is it just us, or did we also spot a hint of John Smith’s influence of the reflection of the urban in there too?

Daniel Reid 'Astray'

Daniel Reid ‘Astray’

In addition to the BA Fine Art show, there were Photography and Fashion & Textiles shows on which sadly we did not get time to view, but will certainly be checking out UEL’s output next year!