Excellent Foundation show at City Lit this year. I really enjoyed the range of work on show. Most work was very sophisticated and well crafted.
I wish all the participants good luck in their future endeavours, especially those who are applying to continue their art training.
Here are some of my favourites. I look forward to seeing their next projects.
All above images are works & details by Katrina Nunn. Her work explores the tension between chaos & order, chance & purpose. The last two pictures are details of tracings of these chance images and are my favourite, especially the one in the table. It looks like an ancient, topographical map under glass.
The stunning jars of ‘fruit preserves’ above are by Phoebe Silverstein. The fruit are made of stuffed fabrics which she dyed herself and are suspended in jewel coloured jelly.
The above details are from a work by Nicola Fitzgerald. She painted onto fabric and hung it like a screen. Text based on ‘Romeo & Juliet’ was pierced into the fabric and it was back lit. Very beautiful.
The above two drawings are by Nathan Hunter. They are very accomplished drawings. I love the way the portraits emerge from the intense markmaking. The images here do not give you a sense of scale but the drawings are approx 6′ x 4′? I may have that completely wrong but you get the idea, they’re larger than life.
The above objects are just a selection of Peter Hardy’s work. His well crafted objects illustrate a fairy tale, that was also displayed in book form. There is a fetishistic flavour to the objects, in both the materials and forms. High shine and sharp edges, bent-wood cloak and sharply pointed gold shoes…and an apple! A golden apple, appetizing, precious and inevitably looking rather dangerous…
The almost life size, monochromatic drawing above is by Charmaine Watkiss. It is very detailed and the pose in profile gives the figure strength & boldness.
The above three images are details of Emma Spiller’s work. Her project has been a very personal journey, exploring her thoughts & feelings about the breast cancer she has fought and battled with. I thought the back lit, wax breast was very strong, representing her surgery. But I was most taken by the lightbox, which included text and imagery of cancer cells. The lightbox was a ready-made item, an opticians lightbox that Emma reappropriated for her installation. The piece was interactive with a rotating element to display different stages of cell mutation.
Lastly, but not leastly, the above images are of this delightful, dolls house-like sculpture, consisting of a stack of rooms. Each room is exquisitely made and engineered out of paper. The lighting throughout the piece is very evocative, giving the piece a dream-like quality and helps draw the eye up and down the piece, joining each room to the next.
These are just a few of the artists and work that grabbed my attention at the City Lit Foundation Show 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed it & look forward to seeing how some of these artists continue to develop.