posted by Bridget on 30 June 2013
Photography is an essentially unstable process, and the print will fade over time. How long it takes for the image to disappear depends on how well it was made and how it is kept. Prints stored in good archival conditions may continue to render their image for hundreds of years, not enough time has passed for us to know yet.
An important element in sustaining the photographic print is to fix it properly during the printing process and it this area of production that Philipp Dorl explored in his final degree show at the RCA.
Dorl presented prints that had not been fixed and by exposing them to filtered coloured light he encouraged the image to disappear, drawing our attention to both the materiality of photography and its ephemeral nature.
posted by Bridget on 29 June 2013
This year's sculpture and painting exhibits were huge and as a consequence photgoraphy suffered a little by being squeezed into the empty spaces, as visual corridors connecting us from one piece of massive artwork to the next.
The result was very few if any of the photography students had enough space to show us an installation that would give us a chance of assessing their work, potential or ability.
One such was Clare Bottomley who needed a much bigger area to give us the full blast of her work. She was showing three pieces from her Innumerable Messiahs series. Her St Jerome, pictured below, piqued my interest about what she was doing and why so I went in search of her website where I found a wealth of funny, challenging and very good work.
Click on the photograph to see her website and if you have a moment or two watch her Lady Liberty videos and I strongly recommend watching them at the same time.
Clare is one to watch and is the deserved winner of the RCA/Deutsche Bank Project Award
posted by Bridget on 28 June 2013
This was particularly true for printmakers, a number of whom had used photography either as a reference point or for the final pieces in their degree exhibition.
Nicola Thomas, who has graduated in printmaking, has produced an etched print drawn from glamorous movie stills, in her examination of the gaze, that of the cinematic camera, the film goer and the viewer of art.
Click on the image to go to Nicola's website.
posted by Bridget on 27 June 2013
posted by Bridget on 22 June 2013
When you want to get your work seen, or attend an exhibition, the work has to be good, but flattery can go a long way to help your cause and get your target audience to pay attention.
Ingratiating simpering is not what I am talking about. But my advice to any graduating student is if you want to get on then do your homework and make sure you know who you are talking to and what might be of interest to them.
So flattering your audience can be achieved very simply by:
Knowing and spelling names correctly
Know what your audience does, so if they are book publishers, have a good knowledge of what is in their catalogue; if a writer/critic make sure you have read what they have written and have an opinion about it; if a fashion photographer or art director know what they have produced for their latest campaign and so it goes on
Coralie Datta and Jayne Worthington are graduating this year from Hereford College of Art and are organising an exhibition of their course's final degree show at The Strand Gallery in London. They very kindly invited me to open the exhibition with a few words. Now that is a sure-fire way to get me to turn up to the Private View on the 15th July!
Click on the image to find out more about show.
posted by Bridget on 21 June 2013
This Wednesday I drove down to Hereford to visit the Hereford College of Arts and meet the graduating BA students. During the day, I had some delightful conversations about photography, yurts, surfing in Newquay and also saw some really interesting work.
One of the students - Jade Clemens, had worked with the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and in collaboration with partially sighted and blind adults Jade has asked questions about how we look and what we see.
On her website she describes it like this..." If we judge what is true, what is real, from what we see, then does having no sight make the world less real? We do not just see objects but we see all the memories and emotions we have attached to that particular shape. We build the world in our minds, and as such no one can see the same".
Click on the image to see more of Jade's work.