Press Release Chelsea College of Arts / MA Fine Art Interim Show 2014
The Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
Private View 23 January 5-8pm Exhibition Open 24 January 10-5pm
The MA Fine Art Interim show 2014 at Chelsea College of Arts presents eight artists whose works are excitingly dynamic and diverse. Thematic elements resonate throughout the show as well, such as materiality, process and trace alongside concepts of fragility, failure and precariousness.
Nicholas Cheeseman uses making as a form of thinking. His material investigations use craft related processes to challenge the integrity of the form being created or deconstructed. The element of failure is often deliberately visible and present, forming part of Cheeseman’s interrogation of the value of making and craft in contemporary art practice. Eleonora Bourmistrov works in a variety of media, exploring issues around the precarious relationship between nature and culture, addressing fragility, instability and the transience of existence. Her focus is the physical and human worlds at the point where things break down and fall apart — the moments which demonstrate most powerfully the finality of all things. Clare Timmis deals with another kind of transience in her performances and installations of the everyday, featuring found objects, props and costumes. Timmis challenges the stereotypical ideas of the feminine and the masculine; her art often involves interacting with other people, either in planned or spontaneous ways, inviting and provoking participation and contemplation.
Rachel Wilberforce and Milena Michalski, are concerned with sites, perception, the residual and trace, in different contexts. Wilberforce’s practice explores heterotopic and fugitive terrain, the interstices of place and action, and the relationship between our interior and exterior worlds. She approaches landscape, the body and architecture as interchangeable. By photographing empty spaces or reworking found imagery and objects, her work draws from the materiality of the environment, or artefact, and details its history and presence. Wilberforce was awarded The Rector’s Scholarship for MA Fine Art at Chelsea (2012/14). Michalski treats issues of representation and abstraction throughout her practice. Her project ‘In/Visible War Crimes Sites’, which translates war crimes related images and concepts into experimental artworks, received the CCW Artist Moving Image Film Fund award in 2013. In 2014 Michalski has been awarded a residency at the Lookout, Aldeburgh.
Outer and inner landscapes link the practices of Anna Levy, Rob Good and Theresa Caruana. Levy explores the concept of space and how it is perceived, physically and psychologically. Her work processes everyday experiences and their expression in life and in the imagination. Landscape is the central theme of Good’s work; the sculpture exhibited here represents a desire to move away from the computer, and increasingly design-based work, back into the workshop. Caruana’s practice focuses on the body, which she fabricates out of polystyrene and other found materials, and its relationship to the physical world. The artefacts are either situated in an outdoor context where a dialogue is prompted with nature, or more recently, in an investigation of her imagination, the home and spatiality. It is through the installation dynamic that a personal narrative unfolds; connecting to a wider collective consciousness.
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