LONDON.- Graduate Exposure brings together the works of seven diverse and innovative new graduates, showcasing the dynamic talents of these young artists.
The seductive beauty of Daniel Crews-Chubbs works mesmerises the viewer and conjures up evocative images of travel and foreign destinations. He has a unique style, depicting popular places around the world in large dynamic oils creating an imagined mental snapshot. Engaging in dialogues with other cultures, these exciting works are a direct comment on the time in which we live illustrating the information available today which allows us to create opinions and pictures and to form decisions.
Using ideas generated through literature, philosophy and film, Michael Hall is intrigued by the interplay between verbal and visual worlds. He has a particular interest in romantic notions of melancholy, exploring landscape in particular. His works experiment with imprinting language upon landscape in an effort to evoke meaning through an emotional response. He explores a mediated experience of place sourced from literature, television and real life.
Rebecca Johnstons work is concerned with the reality of death. She uses the obviously beautiful to make us question the delicate balance of life. Flowers have always been a vital feature and inspiration to her work, she sees them as vessels of sentiment and enjoys the contrast of the metals and industrial paints she uses, suspending flowers within their natural cycle. Her works juxtapose beauty and seduction with unease and discomfort.
Victoria Scott is interested in the visceral nature of oil paint; her abstract work hints at organic forms, such as trees and flowers. She experiments with accidents manifested through the physical reactions of paint and the effects of splashing, blowing and dripping, contrasted with more deliberate ways of applying paint. Lucy Farleys work concentrates on specific places, mainly landscapes and cityscapes, with which she has a personal connection. Associated stories, events, myths and folklore often trigger a response that manifests itself through repeated first-hand observational drawing. She depicts personal representations, influenced memory, nostalgia and imagined scenarios.
David Price uses copper-plate etching a traditional process that is laborious, meditative and intense. Through this technique, he is able to reach back in time and create his images from the depths of the past. He finds it strangely comforting; to consider mans enduring state of fear and terror as eternal, a condition of all times, as relevant then as now. He reworks historical themes and ideas, bringing them into focus for the present day.
Eleanor Ross works focus on the evolution of man and our desire for material wealth. Many of her projects take form from everyday items, reinventing the normal and mundane into something unrecognisable. Clutching at Straws is an eclectic assortment of fine yarns, combined with brightly coloured plastics and tubes to create intricate 3D lattice structures, which are used to explore possible footwear outcomes.