2nd - 7th April 2009
Private view Thursday 2nd April A group exhibition by five upcoming artists currently studying at Kingston University, London
Georgina adopts a lighthearted approach to her art, creating mostly representational figurative pieces and playful installations acting as interventions in the public domain. Her work aims to recognise the frequently overlooked individuals in our increasingly strained society, exposing their characters as focal points to captivate others. She utilizes the urban environment, transforming its landscape in an attempt to reach out from the monotony of everyday existence. Urban space is regarded as a vacuum to be filled creatively and unsolicited to the benefit of the general public, offering the viewer something genuine in contrast to the visual pollution created with commercial intent. There is often a surprise element to her work with which she hopes to provoke intrigue and delight. Her focus is on how art can be inclusive and participatory, playing a role in community outreach and human interaction, taking inspiration from the Situationists and other interventionists. She is constantly exploring new mediums, from photography to painting, projection and installations using found unwanted objects, enjoying how one process can interlink with another in continual evolution.
Jessica Jane Charleston - firstname.lastname@example.org
Through drawing, photography, film and writing I record my mundane environment alongside my muddled imagination, composing a world of the humdrum and the limitless. I have a growing tendency to fixate on certain aspects of life, varying from nudity to trains. Through creative process I am able to form an environment of my own where poetry and tedium collide. This method of creation is a personal practice but unlike confessional art I often draw from completely fabricated experiences and feelings. This enhances a sense of freedom into my work bringing the basic into the beautiful. I follow my fixations creating pieces of work that express something I often only come to fully understand after completion. Through exhibiting I crave to meet other thinkers whose ideas and work are ripening in a similar chaotic clarity.
Joanna Snell strives to understand her place within society by concerning herself with the portrayal of female identity; her work highlights the complicated discussion that surrounds the feminine image. By using magazine imagery that advertise ideals and expectations as a media, she creates immersive installations that suggest the overwhelming nature of this topic. Joanna also investigates to what effect the abundance of ideal female imagery within the media has upon women's identity by using masks to demonstrate the expectations women face to present themselves in a certain light. Exploring the idea that women feel encouraged to perform for a presence of an unknown stage that compares her to the instructing agendas of advertising. Typically using photographs Joanna documents her perceptions of the blurred boundaries of ideals and reality by showing women wearing masks performing acts of consumerism. These images are then installed within the public domain in the same way as advertisements to continue the theme of blurred lines. The work then becomes the viewers' reactions to the images that is either again documented or forged questioning the authenticity of the image and the idea of what is real and what is not. Image file: untitled.jsnell Image info: Untitled, 2008, digital photograph
Nicola adopts a whimsical approach to her work, provoking the audience to consider personal memories from their childhood. Through her work she explores the poignant moments of childhood and explores the way these memories influence our adult decisions. The sense of play within her work provokes the audience to interact and engage with the ideas portrayed, encouraging a sense of nostalgia. Her current work seeks to challenge the sense of loss she associates with found objects and uses her intuition to create a sense of history and belonging within each entity. The objects she explores are significant to her most profound memories. The outcome of each piece of work is dependant on the artist's feelings towards each personal memory and association with the found object, thus displaying her conception that poignant childhood memories influences who we are as adults.
I'm interested in exploring a form of the human experience, being intrigued by fragility, innocence and truth in individuals. In general I see my work as being concerned with the evocation of memories; attempting to capture or to preserve a moment in time or history. I'm aware that as time passes our memories can become altered and embellished, where elements fade from recollection. Therefore, I aspire to bring back this commemoration and to begin to understand human sensuality, and reminiscent and the longing for something or someone. I find the relationships between individuals intriguing and attempt to capture and convey the fading nature of memories and glimpses of the past. The intriguing element between past and time entices viewers and demonstrates a becoming moment.
I focus on my own experiences and family. The autobiographical explorations of archival material articulate the reality of our surrounding world. We all go through personal journeys and all have our own experience, which aid in constructing and building our characters and identity. I am exploring history and bringing this to the present, where I ask the audience to question their blurred past.