AboutThis show represents the culmination of three years of study in fine art: its conventions and techniques; its idioms and styles; its mediums and its craft. These students have not worked collectively or collaboratively, but there is a certain coherence here, echoes and crossovers between each personal project and the artefacts and images displayed. There is a fascination with medium that grounds and regulates artistic production and with materiality, the indexical and the real; a preoccupation with the crafting of styles and the learning of craft: we see tentative but increasingly confident steps within it. These students exhibiting here operate within and against histories and traditions of craft, art and aesthetics. They labour and have laboured to make surfaces: sewn, handmade and laborious, repetitive and overwhelming, delicate and dense, textural and textual, but always compelling. These surfaces can be impassive and bleak: post-Soviet cityscapes or the glamour of the images of fashion juxtaposed and cascading with the appearances of war.
A second exhibition of works from a selection of the artists will be on show at Slack Space, 19-29 Queen Street, Colchester 28th July-7th August 2010 www.iheartslackspace.blogspot.com