Bath Spa University Graduate Show : June 2017

I travelled to Bath for a meet-up with Anna and after a catch-up on progress on our individual OCA work, we went along to the Graduate Show of Bath School of Art and Design. A busy day as this was also an Open Day for prospective students. Oh to be young again with the world at my feet!

There was a huge variety of work to view, scattered over the site, and here’s a selection from those I found particularly interesting.

 

After talking with Susannah Lemon – a Three Dimensional Designer –  about the sculptural lamp she had created from an old bicycle chain, I was attracted towards a table of ‘artefacts’ and other objects  created by Joshua Roughly another student of Three Dimensional Design.

He focused on “…. The creation , curation and study of objects and spaces that tell stories through a conceptual narrative attachment”, and his Design Studio is named Sögumaður   –  the place where stories are made.  The table/display contained his project based on Cryptogeology “the pseudoscientific study of geological formations that feature physical, chemical or historical references that are able to prove or suggest the potential existence of creatures that have a disputed or unsubstantiated actuality”- creatures such as trolls, objects and structures – to be touched and viewed and wondered about.

 

Juan Fontcuberta’s name doesn’t seem to be mentioned but, to me,  Joshuas’s work seems in the same spirit and I enjoyed its whimsical and imaginative nature. He even has an Etsy shop where he sells textile taxidermy

Josephine Frayling

In her Traditional and Digital Paintings and sketches Josephine explores classical figurative painting from a contemporary stance including using symbolic imagery from nature. The use of colour and the direct gaze really drew me here and I could almost imagine her subject stepping out of the frame.

Elizabeth Horridge

The above is a detail from a very large ‘installation’ strung along a wide area. Elizabeth’s work relates to the body – the concept of ‘fat rolls’ and body image – including  sculptural installations(as this one)  using  various types of materials such as latex, chains, woods, butchers’ hooks and bin bags. This is a visceral project that certainly almost hit me in the eyes and made me walk closer to look. Elizabeth was also involved in a Facebook Project “The Postal Art Project” that involved responding to a second-hand postcard – the outcome to be a collaborative zine. Interesting description of her approach to it  here 

Maria Kay

 

Delicate drawings in a concertina book  from Maria who is a Contemporary Arts graduate, printmaker and bookbinding enthusiast who handwrites her blog posts.

Photographers

Some of the ones we looked at appeared in Source Graduate Photography Online  and it was from there that I was able to obtain links to websites.

Steve Edwards

 

Tempus Fugit a series of still life images, photographed in Dutch Vanitas style, “ ….illustrating the accelerating rate of the consumption of consumer goods and thus the associated resources”.  He also showed his series In Step – a study of discarded shoes.

The Tempus Fugit images were most professional and well-presented and the discarded shoes series has a quirky personality all their own. Steve’s comprehensive Professional Contexts 3 academic blog makes interesting reading as well.

Charlotte Elkins

 

I am becoming increasingly interested in alternative methods and so was drawn towards Charlotte’s delicate images conveying her fascination with water.  The images were produced through the use of photo etching which is something I know nothing about and my internet searches produced little information.

Aleksandra Kondracka

Aleksandra came to England from Poland at the age of eleven and the series Rodzinka focuses on ideas of identity and belonging following a period of reconnection with Poland and spending time with members of her family.  Her entry in Source Online focuses instead on landscape and the woodlands that enabled her to build a sense of place when she came to England.

Alena Nicholson

Alena comes from Chicago and the series I viewed explores how she became accustomed to living in Bath and came to terms with being homesick. She makes an interesting use of handwritten text on her display panels

Further Thoughts

It could have been because I interacted with them last but the photography work I saw, whilst interesting, didn’t impact me as much as the more three dimensional work I saw first. I was very aware of how ‘flat’ photographs can seem when viewed on a wall. Maybe this is why I find photo books so interesting because they are more tactile and am attracted towards the layering of images and alternatives methods. I felt relieved that Anna had a similar experience as she describes here

 References

http://artdesign.bathspa.ac.uk/news/degree-show-2017-save-the-date/
http://clockworkimaging.co.uk
http://www.clarekrige.co.uk/current-work
http://elizabethhorridge1.wixsite.com/artist
http://elizabethhorridge1.wixsite.com/artist/postal-art-project
https://www.etsy.com/shop/sogumadur
https://www.jonhardsdottir.com/portfolio
http://www.josephinefrayling.com
http://www.pinningdownclouds.com
http://www.pinningdownclouds.com/works.html
https://sogumadur.com
https://sogumadur.com/portfolio/cryptogeology/
https://www.thealenanicholson.com/about/

 

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8 comments

  1. Great images and reflections on the exhibition, Catherine. I too have found very little on photo etching – perhaps we can ask in Portsmouth? Isn’t it interesting how much we like to interact physically with photographs? We were discussing this very question at our SW OCA new initiative meeting yesterday – virtually all the photography presentations had a physical facet, and Jesse, the tutor present, felt quite bereft when he could not hold with some origami pieces that one of the photographers had made & then photographed. Jesse said how much they enjoyed this aspect of assessment!

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    1. Good idea to ask Russell in July. Interesting as well that your SW group was similar and looking forward to reading about it. Our Thames Valley meeting was similar.

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  2. That looked like a good exhibition Catherine. It seems to reflect what is going on in the group to a certain extent with Michael’s model making, Holly’s boxes. I must admit to a similar feeling to yours about the ‘flatness’ of the gallery image and I totally agree the the feeling of a book beats the wall hung image. Perhaps 3D works are the way ahead…

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  3. Thanks for sharing Catherine. Interesting to see the variety of work. I agree about the tactility side of things, and it was one of the things I enjoyed in making the hand-made books for Documentary 2. Much more rewarding than images on a screen, in my opinion.

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