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Pic of the Week: Judith Davies, Northumbria University (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news)

February 6, 2015 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Northumbria University's AA2A artist Judith Davies' image from her Dotbiz album 'Ceramic work 2015'

You can see more of Judith's work on her Dotbiz page

Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'It's very useful to get work experience in various cities/countries to broaden your view.' Liucija Dervinyte, AA2A artist at Liverpool Hope University (2013-14).

Other news: Have you met your AA2A student reps yet? 

Not every AA2A institution has them but there are 21 taking part this year (if you're not sure have a look on your college/uni Dotbiz page). We've been giving them monthly challenges aimed at helping them spread the word about schemes and artists. For example, for this month's challenge we're asking them to encourage other students to join the AA2A student mailing list.  By signing up they'll receive a couple of AA2A student newsletters per year (we're not going to spam them!) and when they graduate we'll keep them in touch with opportunities through our artists mailing list.  AA2A will never pass on email addresses for any other purpose and they can unsubscribe at any time.

You could help the reps with their challenge this month - if you meet interested students, ask them if they're on the AA2A student mailing list. If not all they need to do is send us an email with 'STUDENT MAILING LIST' and the name of your college/uni as the subject to info@aa2a.biz

Best wishes,

The AA2A Team (Wendy Georgia & Jo)

Presentation of my work to First year fine art students

February 5, 2015 by Lee McDonald   Comments (0)

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Had an Interesting time talking about my practice and showing a few vidios of my work and talking about some of the artist That influenced my practice. 

here are a couple of links to some of the stuff I talked about.





screen print

February 4, 2015 by Susan Leask   Comments (0)

So Ive got 2 images printed onto acetate, both have a solitary shadowy figure in the centre of each image and now they are on the screen and ready for printing. And my first attempt is pretty rubbish.... but never mind thats what I'm here for to get assistance and share experiences.

Reckon Peach/Becky will need to dig deep for patience with me but I think she's got that skill. Another lovely technician.

Also met a fellow AA2A resident, Rhyannon and things are looking up.

Moving on

February 1, 2015 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

I`m trying to reduce my work down as far as it can go. Simplification is my new aim, following on from ambiguity. So no more fuzzy work. Next project goes under the title "sometimes you have to hide something to see it". 

The worms have turned

February 1, 2015 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

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How far can you push the idea of drawing ? Well in the spirit of experimentation I`ve pushed it this far.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BxCX781Oqw

A recent talk

February 1, 2015 by Chloe Hamill   Comments (0)

A recent talk in Manchester about my practice was a great opportunity to look at the development of my work over the years. It reminded me of the key themes in my practice and how much the experiences I encounter, and the people I come into contact with impact my practice. It was also great to get feedback from those listening and I left with many more ideas to develop my work.

This year has been a challenging year, my first year out of education, working whilst continuing my practice, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. Carrying out commissions, running workshops, making work, selling work and working with others. Learning new skills, like filling out tax returns and trying to make work without the facilities and studio space university has to offer. These limitations led to new directions for my work. I have learnt pattern cutting and have started making a dress, which tells the stories of the women who worked in the Mills of Manchester.

Pic of the Week: Kylie Benjamin, Dudley College (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news)

January 29, 2015 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Pic of the Week: Dudley College's AA2A artist Kylie Benjamin's image from her Dotbiz album 'Experimenting with colour & fabric'

Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'The important thing on graduating is to keep going..perseverance & a DIY ethic is often key initially.' James Watts, AA2A artist at the University of Northumbria, (2013-14)

Other news: A quick roundup of some of the exciting exhibitions going on around the country by current and previous AA2A artists...

Check out images from current AA2A artist Caroline Lowe's exhibition 'Fragments' , Susan Leask's exhibition 'Locked' and find out more about Bonnie Craig's corridor installation at the University of Lancashire in her blog.

Previous AA2A artists from Sheffield Hallam University are putting on an exhibition 'The World Outside' and you can see images from last year's AA2A Summer Show on Plymouth University's Dotbiz page.

Let us know if we've missed you out and don't forget to send us any promotional material (posters, fliers, web details - electronic or paper) so we can help you spread the word! There's also our dedicated Exhibitions calendar page on Dotbiz.

Best wishes,

The AA2A Team (Wendy Georgia & Jo)


January 27, 2015 by Plymouth University   Comments (0)

Artist Lee McDonald currently mentor for AA2A artists 2014/15@Plymouth University

Notes-Defining Practice, Current Thoughts/Ideas and Research (26th January 2015)

January 26, 2015 by Chloe Ashley   Comments (0)


Working Methodology

My practice is site responsive; the work begins with a photographic investigation of the space, architecture and objects that inhabits a particular site that I’ve usually been invited to work within.

After this period of photographing and investigating the site, I will begin to identify elements that I am drawn to. Normally these elements will take the form of an object, though at times the work has included the space and architecture.

The object, architecture or space will possess features that reference something completely contradictory or surreal, which is usually exaggerated and emphasized within imagery using photographic manipulation.

The prints created will thus be experimented with using a variety of alternative processes. Recently, this has included multiple exposure and playing with scale, though within past works, I have utilized chemical manipulation of the print and collage.

Current Ideas

My aim of manipulating the imagery is to create a photographic space that is full of tension, fragmentation and contradiction. I’ve become interested within some of the ideas expressed within Michael Foucault “of other spaces” and definitions/interpretations surrounding the concept of Hetertopias

“The heterotopia is capable of juxtaposing in a single real place several spaces, several sites that are in themselves incompatible” Foucault “of other space”

‘In a heterotopia, multiple spaces are represented, inverted, and brought into tension’ Anne Pasek “Heterotopologies” (http://blog.latitude53.org/tagged/Anne+Pasek/page/3)

I feel that there is a link between Hetertopias and the space within a photograph, that an image can become a counter site, or other space? The objects photographed become a Hetertopia, another space, which mimics the depicted yet completely inverts and distorts simultaneously.

Tension between materiality and image. The imagery creates a counter space, suggesting a photographic place, yet the materiality of the print references the photograph as object. Thus tension occurs between these two dualities.

In the past, the work has focused on evoking the uncanny, I feel isn’t as obvious within recent pieces, yet the idea of familiar/unfamiliar and inclusion of repetition (themes of the uncanny) are still distinctly present within the work.

“Heterotopias also reflect a curious slippage between the familiar and the unfamiliar, a property expressed by Sigmund Freud’s notion of the ‘uncanny.’” Danielle Manning (http://shiftjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/manning.pdf)

Site=Object (within site)-Space (photographic space)-Object-(the photograph and its materiality)-Space (the photograph in relation to space)

Repetition seems central to the work.

Research and Thoughts-Monday 26th January 2015

Photography captures time and space: (The photograph is) “a fragment of the spatio-time continuum”’ 190-Thinking Photography (Photography, Phantasy, Function), Victor Burgin

Within the practice, I utilise defamiliarization as a technique to distort the object (everyday), creating an unfamiliar photographic space.

Familiar Objects creating Unfamiliar Space.

Defamiliarization/ Ostranenie/ Estrangement:

“The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects "unfamiliar," to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object: the object is not important...” Viktor Shklovsky ‘Art as Technique’

Russian Formalism/ Constructivism-Alexander Rodchenko