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Artists Meet and Greet at Wimbledon College

In the last week of the Winter term our AA2A artists at Wimbledon had a meet and greet at the College.  It was an opportunity for some of the students to meet the artists and find out about their work.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend on the day, but a fellow student took notes and photographs on my behalf which I have included here:

 

AA2A

Meet and greet with Danny, Jonathan, Laura

 

About the programme:

3 artists

100 hours of workshop time with us at Wimbledon

No studio space, but will have work shops, talks, etc.

Proposal to do collaborative work, project moving after Xmas - sign up with the artist(s), or let Dereck know your interest

 

Jonathan

- drawing MA at Wimbledon (?)

- one year ago between MA and BA 

- new studio in New Cross - will organise studio visits

- building up to making more work again, 

- materials used : found materials, scraps, papier-mâché, paint, ink,  etc

- "the materials work thru me"

- kind of doodling in 3D, and do drawing on the materials too

- trouble working out when something is finished or not finished

- arranging, finding an order, creating a relationship between objects, floor, wall...

- practice incorporates the SPACE as well as the objects, and making the objects work in the space, as a part of the practice

- scale: quite small, the images are deceiving (in images the object appears as much bigger than it actually is)

- this project is going to progress his practice, by casting objects (currently he makes things with his hands) and also to integrate the architecture into the work. The works have a nice tactile feel to it... Wants to experiment with different materials: resin, plaster, terracotta plaster (with iron) etc...

- "sculptural identity"

- interested in collaborative work

 

Laura

- MFA at Slade, Painting

- BA at Bristol, Painting

- sculptural, installations, experimental

- driven by curiosity, intuition

- found materials, easily disposable

- simple machines put together precariously by found objects

- want to make a mark... The objects react to the space that it's in...

- interested in form and content of this space (as a painting)

- interested in the "absurd", inspired by humour (slapstick, inevitability of failure, comedy)

- quote from Samuel Beckett re failure, "each time you fail, you can fail better"

 

Daniel

- will be in print department

- background in Painting, CSM

- work that influences my practice:  nature is an artificial concept, we build up nature to make it nice, we influence and carefully stage what nature should be (pastoral paintings from the 1800s, showing Disney-esque sweetness and niceties, lassie movies)

- his own work does a similar thing to show nature as fabricated; collages made of plastic, oil paintings in unnatural colours

- shows contradiction of glorifying dogs and horses, but no affection for wild animals (foxes, deer, geese)

- made something "pretty" out of 100% synthetic items (plastic bottles) to turn them back Into something organic (a sculpture of a flower)

- made record covers into something mythological by superimposing images of animals and birds- refers to mythological paintings of the 1700-1800s

- rationale for choosing the painting as source? io by correggio.  Just likes the painting and try to find an image that will suit...

- will the source paintings be hung beside his work? No...artist wants people to make their own minds up about the finished work.

- political? No... No axe to grind... 

- aim? Want people to have a laugh, eg poking fun at celebrities marketing their sexuality (Britney Spears) so taking advantage of that in his work

 

Discussion points:

- the idea of failure? Is there any true failure? Can we call it something else that's not so negative (experience, productivity, experimentation)? Is "failure" only considered "bad" in British education (where perception of "failure" as a more positive, learning opportunity in American school system)?

- disposable vs permanent, old technology vs new

 

About the programme:

100 hours of workshop time

No studio space, but will have work shops, talks, etc.

Proposal to do collaborative work, project moving after Xmas

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