Private View: Friday 5th April 7pm to late
Exhibition continues Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, 12 to 5pm
Bringing together eight undergraduate artists, to work in pairs, Brace is an exhibition showcasing collaborative works across a range of media. Working from such diverse theoretical platforms as extended painting, architectural intervention, and institutional critique, these artists have set aside their differences in order to explore their practices outside of themselves.
In order to participate in Brace, each artist must discard any feelings of preciousness towards their own work. Individual practices and aesthetic preferences will be compromised as ideas are relinquished to the greater project. The issue of who came up with what must be set aside for the benefit of the project and the viewer.
Working in four pairs, the artists are grouped according to their practice: painting, media, sculpture, and installation. Brace is an attempt at finding out whether two heads really are better than one.
Charlie Cousins builds narratives through interventions with found imagery; using analogue photography to hint at the intrinsic value that we imbue within cultural artefacts. In a digital world saturated with imagery of questionable origin and authenticity, the work reminds us of the photograph as an object in its own right, layered with psychological narrative and nostalgic association. Esme Rogers-Evans is interested in the relationship she has with the materials used during the creative process and how that relationship reveals itself in the completed work. A secondary, but equally important aspect of the work is the interaction between it and the viewer.
Immersive in their nature, the works of EllaCunliffe are, at their heart, about the moment of encounter. Her material interventions break down the physical distance between art and viewer. Placing the experience at centre stage, her works often alter the way people move through a space - in this sense, Ella’s works invoke a bodily response before an intellectual one. Georgie Winfrey is also concerned with altering spatial perception, in such a way that her work questions the very institutions in which they are situated. Her practice considers how social and institutional forces operate to mediate and even control perception and behaviour. By using materials imbued with cultural significance, she seeks to subliminally confront both the viewer’s and her own preconceptions about the way things are.
Colour is one thing that art, design, advertising, industry, and commerce all share. Desire, aspiration and taste are also entwined in these different sectors of the ‘cultural’ and the ‘commercial’. Inextricably linked with tastefulness, colour has the potential to subvert and mislead meaning, by modifying the functionality of the familiar, facilitating a re-definition of terms. Colour allows meaning to be lost and the role of aesthetic to take over; it acts as a mask that conceals the true identity of what lies beneath. Colour allows for humour to be accepted within the idea or action. It mocks but at the same time complements its surroundings. By DafyydSamuel and Joseph Turnbull
In a world smothered by popular culture and running at a digital pace, IdaHolbrook and Joseph Nicoll attempt to reflect the ongoing modern preoccupation with the problem of reconciling one's individuality. Acknowledging their position as consumers of the visual, their works reveal a sense of escapism borrowed from the computer screen and advertising: Joseph finds consolation through personalizing modern day icons, whilst Ida recognizes the impact of new digital technologies with trepidation. Seeking to create situations in which the viewer must remain partially unaware of reality in order to engage with the work, Ida invokes a sense of spatial precariousness as objects and forms are broken down and reassembled.