DEGREE SHOW FAVOURITES: MHAIRI EDWARDS, SAHAR LATIF, JONNY LYONS, FIONA SKINNER

Curation, Degree Show, Exhibitions, Inspiration, Openings

MHAIRI EDWARDS

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Mhairi-Edwards-Work(C) Mhairi Edwards

Mhairi’s was probably my favourite exhibition of the entire degree show, especially her thread and glue pieces.  Stunningly intricate, simultaneously light and heavy, they defy perception and leave you wondering how endless Mhairi’s patience must be.

For Mhairi’s website click HERE.  For Mhairi’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

SAHAR LATIF

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Sahar-Latif-Work(C) Sahar Latif

Sahar’s suspended thread piece was beautifully tense.  I almost want to give it more space to breathe, to walk around it and see it from every single angle.

For Sahar’s website click HERE.  For Sahar’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

JONNY LYONS

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(C) Jonny Lyons

Jonny’s work is achingly witty, somewhat dangerous, stunningly photographed and quite frankly mad.  His are the kind of set ups that I wish I had thought up or even witnessed.

For Jonny’s (great) website click HERE.  To see Jonny’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

FIONA SKINNER

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Fiona-Skinner-Work(C) Fiona Skinner

I find it quite hard to realise that all of Fiona’s pieces are, in fact, screenprints.  I’ve worked around Fiona whilst I’ve been night teching this year and witnessed her jubilation and frustration in the creation of her circular pieces.  But I never had the chance to see a finished one until the show.  If anyone has the nerve to say that screenprinting is easy or a less skilled printmaking technique, I dare them to say it to Fiona.  I think they are beautiful.

For Fiona’s website click HERE.  To see Fiona’s page on the DJCAD site click HERE.

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PRINT PREVIEW

Curation, Exhibitions, Inspiration, Openings

A few highlights from the Printed Matter:::::/Print Process exhibition preview on Thursday.

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A print focused exhibition was always an incredibly exciting prospect, but to see it for real truly made the point of how varied and free the print medium can be.  No two pieces were the same, and with a range of ancient and modern techniques on show this exhibition was as interesting as it was educational.  Not to mention beautifully executed!  Sean and Ellis worked a miracle and transformed the Bradshaw space from ordinary animation corridor to professional gallery.  All in all a great evening.

Printed Matter:::::/Print Process is open in the Bradshaw Gallery at DJCAD Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 10:30am-4:30pm until 16/3/13.  I know I am biased but if you manage to see any student curated exhibition in the next few weeks then this should be it: different, professional, traditional.

VRC

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Hello, hello!  Happy Monday!
Last week I started an internship at the Visual Research Centre at the DCA!  I will be working with Paul Harrison, university lecturer and research assistant, on various print projects from now until (hopefully) the Impact8 Print Conference next summer.  

This is something that I have been trying to sort out for ages and ages, and we have finally begun and I’m so excited.  I had no idea what I would be doing, but I think I would have been happy even just to make cups of tea all day if it meant that I got to do some professional-type printing.  Or just to be back in a print workshop.  

It’s such a hard feeling to describe, being in a workshop.  It feels like being home, for want of a better phrase.  Even though the VRC is so different to the workshop at DJCAD, it still has that vibe that is instantly comforting and relaxing (I guess more so than DJCAD considering the rush of students at the art school demanding technicians’ time…).

So last week and this week I have been helping Paul to print some of the editions for the big Windows to the West project.  WttW is a collaborative project between many artists whose work relates to the highlands and gaelic culture, some of whom were my teachers in the past few years!  It’s an interesting feeling to suddenly be working on their prints, rather than the other way round.  I have nabbed this abstract from the WttW page, as it describes the project far better than I can:

“The development of the University of the Highlands and Islands has resulted in a significant growth in research into Gaelic culture, however the place of the visual arts within this culture has largely been neglected and is only defined as a footnote to the broader history of the visual arts in Scotland or to the music and poetry of the Gael. This project addresses this imbalance. The fundamental premise is that by placing the study and practice of visual art at the heart of a multidisciplinary research project, it creates a new focus for the understanding of Highland culture (Gaidhealtachd). Its title is adapted from Sorley MacLean’s poem Halllaig: ‘Tha bùird is tàirnean air an uinneig / triomh ‘m faca mi an Aird an Iar’; ‘The window is nailed and boarded / through which I saw the West.’

The skills in this interdisciplinary group include Gaelic language and culture, contemporary art practice and history of art.”

Today I helped to print a third colour on Arthur Watson and Prof. Will Maclean’s prints, and finished cleaning up Frances Walker’s prints of St Kilda and Eilean nan Ròn.  I’ve decided not to put images of their work up because I don’t know the artists’ views on having them published yet, and I know that if someone was working on my prints and published them to the world before I had I would be pretty mental.

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I’m going to be at the VRC on Mondays and Tuesdays for the foreseeable future so there will be lots more to come on this!  Excited, excited, excited!

Links, links, links:

VRC: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/vrc/
Paul Harrison: http://www.paulliamharrison.co.uk/
Arthur Watson: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/staff/arthurwatson/
Will Maclean: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/will-maclean
Frances Walker: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/frances-walker (can’t find an ‘official’ site)
Windows to the West: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/research/researchprojectscentresandgroups/windowtothewest/