FREERANGE CONTINUED // BEST OF 2011
I found the standard generally very high this year - but still it seemed like the exhibition hall had a handful of bright stars, many of them from Westminster University. These people had generally done interesting, unique and technically faultless work but also thought about clever marketing and exposure. In this post I will be name-dropping my absolute favorites of 2011 graduates. All the best for the future of all 2011 graduates!
1. Charlotte Eve Streeter / firstname.lastname@example.org
Influenced by fashion and fine art Charlotte explores movement and textures. Tactility abd abstraction presented are intended to highlight the uncertainty and suggestibility of the images, stimulating viewer-specific sensations and allowing individual interpretation. (short version from the free westminster university graduate show guide available at freerange this weekend and until the end of the exhibition)
2. Elisa Figoli with L’Aquila: fragments from the aftermath
Figoli’s late photography discussing the Italian earthquake that killed 309 people and left 65 000 people homeless is very strong indeed. The most striking single image to me was a portrait of an old woman set against a blue wall. I recon we’ll hear of plenty of her in the future.
3. Josh Dinsmore with ‘Mother and Child’
Mounting his images on architectural constructions Josh Dinsmore present ideas about age and identity through two metaphorical entities. Favorite among many of my peers from Roehampton University.
4. ‘64 Althaea Green’ by Genevieve Rudd and James Pettigrew (2011)
A collaborative project that goes through personal objects and vernacular situations that hold specific memories to James’ grandmother who has been institutionalised due to dementia.
5. ‘Requem for the Retrospect’ by Amy Klimek
Two words: amazing presentation! Lit-from-below glass jars work as the best possible stage for Amy’s images of sciency black and white images. Work discourses on cultural institutions’ tendency of storing, archiving and filing things and problems that may relate to these actions in the digital age.
(part 1/2, post to be continued)