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July 2012

Picture of the Day | Jessica Rayner

posted by Bridget on 02 July 2012

This week I popped down to the Royal College of Art degree show and discovered blurred boundaries.

As you wander around the Fine Art final year degree show at the RCA what is immediately clear is how the graduates cross the boundaries of different media without any difficulty.

Some of the most interesting pieces using photography often came from the print making and sculpture departments.

Jessica Rayner, graduating in printmaking had produced a very mature installation entitled "Prohibition of Death in Response to Environmental Conditions". Combining artefacts, stop motion and video and photography it is the story of The Longyearbyen cemetery on the peninsular of Spitsbergen, Norway.

Due to the ground being in a state of permafrost preventing bodies from decomposing, it is no longer permitted to bury people in the cemetery, in effect prohibiting death as a concept.

Click on the image to watch part of the installation "Nothing is Destroyed".

jessica rayner

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Picture of the Day | unacknowledged sources

posted by Bridget on 01 July 2012

It can be easy to criticise students' uninformed work and its naivety but Jonathan Murphy really should have credited Ed Ruscha as the inspiration for his series Twentysix.

Ed Ruscha published his book "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" in 1963 and it is almost inconceivable given its influence on "series" photography, that students of Nottingham Trent are not told about Ruscha or this seminal work.

It may be considered harsh to pick on Jonathan - but to produce a final degree show project called "TwentySix" which is made up of petrol stations and makes no reference anywhere to Ruscha is either weird or appalling or both.

What is even odder, despite having enough wall space to show all 26 images - Jonathan only displayed 17, a curious decision.

jonathan murphy

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