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<![CDATA[AA2A.biz: Robert Pratt's friends]]> http://aa2a.biz/pg/friends/robertp/?view=rss http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/philipl Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:29:28 +0000 http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/philipl <![CDATA[Philip Li]]> Imagine futuristic bodies sculpted by ceramics, or bead-laden Portugese Saints, or perhaps ritualistic performances where semi–naked bodies writhe around in clay to the sound of industrial bleeps and beats.  These are a taster of some of my works such as, ‘(Untitled) Bodies’ (2009-10) or elements of Big Odd’s ‘A Broken Part’ (2010).   Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2009, fusing unconventional ceramics and innovative presentation techniques have formed the basis of my practice.
Discovering new ways of seeing has been a fundamental aspect within my art and this informs both my processes and my thoughts on topics such as gender and identity – themes that recur within my work.  Ideas are then translated through a variety of disciplines and platforms – ceramics, performance, fashion, photography and film – to make works that look outward and forward.  Gestures and actions become objects and performances, and the line which separates these definitions begin to blur.  This idea forms the basis of my next works entitled ‘Le Fil’.  For the AA2A scheme specifically, I want to produce a series of ceramic sculptures and develop artwork that will form the core of the research process and sculptural production for the ‘Le Fil’ live exhibition.
Having studied at Camberwell College of Arts, I have formed a close relationship with the Ceramics department and aim to continue developing its tradition through producing forward-thinking, innovative artwork in ceramics.  The AA2A scheme will also provide an exciting opportunity to engage with new artists and practioners, with the possibilities of future collaborative artworks.

http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/mary Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:19:38 +0000 http://aa2a.biz/pg/profile/mary <![CDATA[Mary Yacoob]]> Mary Yacoob uses drawing and visual languages to observe, figure out and communicate. What follows is the filtering of observation of everyday life through systemic techniques such as repetition, geometry, and extrapolation.  She appropriates symbolic visual grammars from architectural plans, geological maps, diagrams, and alphabets.

Some of her work involves documenting the minutia of daily life in diagrammatic form.  In other work, she creates systemic works about architectural spaces that question ideas of urban planning and public art through proposals for often unrealisable interventions. 

She will use the AA2A scheme to develop new works that develop two ongoing projects. 

The first project is a series of intaglio and relief etchings of  tall cityscapes inspired by the book ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino.  These are drawings in which each city has its own internal logic, eg a city on stilts, or a hanging city, or a tool city.


The second project is inspired by Jeremy Bentham’s design of the Panopticon prison in which a centrally placed guard can view prisoners’ cells which are positioned around the circumference of the building.  Mary Yacoob’s adaptations of the panopticon design are inspired by Dante’s Circles of Hell, the complexity of mazes, and engineering diagrams. Using etching lines, aquatint and photoetchings based on image from the Jeremy Bentham archive at University College London, Yacoob will explore the geometry of oppression and surveillance, and the visual language of archival architectural prints.