Thursday, 29 May 2014

UCA Farnham Fine Art Degree Show - An Overview.

To kick-off our new blog segment 'Our Humble Opinion' I visited the degree show at the university that Kayla and myself attended, it seemed like a nice way to start this new review blog segment and ended up being a nostalgic trip for me. 

Works from Left to Right: Louise Scillitoe-Brown, Ann Miller, Flo Yapp and Jay Sparks.

Although I only managed to see the Fine Art degree show, all the universities courses are displaying their final works.  Here's a link to the UCA website with more details on the show, and all the important dates.  The show runs until the 6th of June and I really recommend going. (I'm considering a second visit.)

As a disclaimer of sorts this installment post covers as much of the fine art course's degree show as I can manage, so it's more of an overview of the show than a detailed review. 

So that this blog post doesn't become dissertation worthy in length (and possibly induce some horrifying flashbacks for any of the graduating artists who may be reading this) I've kept a lot of my musings short and sweet.

Sculpture Area.
I remembered this being a difficult place to display multiple artists work from my time at the university yet the minute I walked into the room it felt like a professional set up.  The various 3D works guided you around the space with ease and although at times it became unclear which placard went with which pieces the overall presentation was a light, bright and flattering set up.

Works from Left to Right: Ann Miller, Eliel Jones, Alyssa Bacon, Anna Garrett, David Fines and Mervenil Emiroglu.

A few works really stood out to me in this space, but the dynamic set up kept you moving around the space, often overlapping in viewers field of vision (I noticed this most when getting photographs).  I'm unsure about how much the artists themselves planned this, or if it was down to the room/space planning but there were a few moments when different artist's work connected with each other in the space. 

Works from Left to Right: Freya Morter, Flo Yapp, Rebecca Marsh, Glynis Ayling and Shelia Thorns.

 Works from Left to Right: Stephanie Hadingham, Peter Hanmer, HA Harman and Katcarea Simmons.

An example of this (and one of the pieces that really interested me) was the corner installation by HA Harman and the sculptural work of Peter Hanmer.  The wall installation seemed to frame the sculptural work but the differing styles became competitive with each other.  The diversity of styles and materials continued throughout the show.  I think all the artists graduating can be proud of the high standard and presentation of their work.

Works from Left to Right: Morwenna Lake, Jasmine Rogers,  Joanna Lowe, Catherine Smith, Steph Davies and Jay Sparks.

Multi-Media Room

The individual spaces each artist had created for their work left this room feeling a little compartmentalized which was a bit of a shame (and contrast from the sculptural space downstairs).  That said, the work in this room was lovely and really benefited from 'sky-lights'? giving the space a really bright diffused light.

Works from Left to Right: Sally de Courcy, Charlotte Coulter, Charlotte Seabrook, Rachel Day, Rupesh Dangol, and Angela Samata.

The sculptural drawing work by Angela Samata really stood out in this room.  I found the sculptural idea of drawing and line really interested and the space lent itself to the work, enabling the viewer to pick out shadows and also further depth and shape in the tangled paper.

Works from Left to Right: Angela Samata, Kelly Wright, Rupert Drapkin, Zsheir Said and Charlotte Seabrook

 Works from Left to Right: Iona Devanney, Rupesh Dangol, Kelly Wright and
Zsheir Said

As a whole I found this room to be quite monotone; many of the works seemed to feature muted colour palettes, meaning the works with stronger colours really popped out of the space for me.  The work of Kelly Wright which is directly opposite the doors features pastel colours constrasted against much stronger blocks of colour.  The work of Rachel Day also benefited from being in the space as the fine details in the canvases were able to be explored.

Works from Left to Right: Angela Samata, Sally de Courcy and Rachel Day.

Main Corridor

The final space the fine art course has in this degree show is the main corridor.  I've split this into two sections as some artists displayed their work in the mezzanine above the corridor.  This space is the majority of the studio space for the course so it was interesting to see how the artists had adapted and spruced it up to present their works.  I admit I loved the more interactive works in this space and how each artists room felt tailored to the artworks selected.

Works from Left to Right: Alexis Kanenas, Anne Jewkes, Alexis Kanenas, Esther Thomas, Samantha Briscoe and Sam Fairbairn.

Works from Left to Right: Charlotte Johnson, Charlie Evaristo-Boyce, Carrie Grainger, Heidi Mellish, Mary Simmons and Daniel Guest.

Kudos to Carrie Grainger whose video work was super creepy... Unfortunatly getting photographs of video work was nearly impossible for me so I really recommend checking her website to see if she's uploaded the work there.

Works from Left to Right: Charlie Evaristo-Boyce, Samantha Briscoe, Sam Fairbairn, Charlotte Johnson, Esther Thomas and Isaac Willis.

Works from Left to Right: Mario Varas Sanchez, Susannah Jones, Sarah Sellers, Ann Sjoegreen Sanger and Namuna Shahi.

The use of vivid colour in many of the artists work in these spaces seemed to compete for attention and the choice to display bursts of colour in the corridor (Sarah Sellers) helped to drive the viewer throughout the space and want to explore further. 

Works from Left to Right: Katie Ellen McGurk, Sarah Sellers, James Brown and Rosanna Yacob.

I found this area the hardest to look through due to the sheer amount of work on display but I really enjoyed seeing how different artists approached materials, and works by Rosanna Yacob, Samantha Brisco and Sarah Sellers each explored colour, shape and layering in styles unique to that artists practice.  In contrast to the colour and tonal work there was more photography work, drawing and installation works that the artist's seemed to have filled their spaces to the brim with. 

Works from Left to Right: Ann Sjoegreen Sanger, James Brown, Susannah Jones,
Rosanna Yacob and Katherine Corbett.

Main Corridor (continued)

The upstairs portion of the corridor featured a lot of photography work which was challenging for me to photograph, and in some cases to actually see! Due to the work being framed and the light in those spaces creating too much reflection.  There was also some painting (watercolour?) and etching to die for.

Works from Left to Right: Katie Hedges, Ellen Fenton, Brendan Franklin, Eleanor Genevier and Amy Thirza Stringfellow.

Works from Left to Right: Katie Hedges, Eleanor Genevier, Ellen Fenton, Brendan Franklin and Laura Greenway.

I loved the use of a sketchbook in Katie Hedges space it was a nice touch to be able to see some of the supporting work and it took me back to being in critiques from my time at the university.  I'm still a little unsure about showing items like books in a 'show' as presenting them can be a challenge.
Works from Left to Right: , William Brett Chappell Hobbs, Kelly Green, Panduka Ekanayake and Tima Rana.

Works from Left to Right:  Mari Liew, Jade Legate, Tima Rana,
Brendan Franklin and Anna Milo.
Yup that's a toilet.  The work came with it's own puns too, including but not limited to: 'Monochromatic Relief' and 'Toilet Seep' I have to say a big thank you to Anna Milo as this work was a refreshing break to the day.
Works from Left to Right: Mari Liew, Brendan Franklin and Katie Hedges

So that concludes my 'Overview' of the Fine Art Degree Show 2014.  Well done to all those who are graduating this year and good luck to all of you. 

This kicked off the new series Our Humble Opinion.  I already have in mind a couple of artists who I would love to pick their brains and find out more about their work, so some of the artists in this show may be featuring individually in future installments of Our Humble Opinion. (I'll be emailing those people shortly)

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