ARTIST COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION, ‘REFRACT’
44AD GALLERY, 4 ABBEY STREET, BATH, BA1 1NN.
28TH – 30TH APRIL, OPEN DAILY 12-6PM (PRIVATE VIEW 27TH APRIL), 2017.
ARTISTS INVOLVED: SHIRLEY ALDERTON, PACE FIRTH, KELSEY CRUZ-MARTIN, HOLLY NICHOLLS, HANNAH BALL, AMBER WARD, ALEX ORTON, ED BROCKLEHURST.
A show of interdisciplinary works from undergraduates of Bath School of Art and Design presenting a cross section of the processes and approaches the students have had to undertake in the first year in Fine Art.
Collectively, the work is a response to a season of convergence in their practice, a mutual time of reconfiguration of how they approach making work conceptually and practically, yet individually producing a materially diverse collection of pieces from functional sculpture to underwater projection. The show is about navigating their art practice in an intentional and coordinated way, transforming their focus from an ill-defined or limiting theme to a sharpened thread that has the potential to meander.
The artists have had to deeply scrutinise what they want their work to say and represent or in some cases not say and mis-represent; this year has been about striving for the blind spot in their practice where there is perfect synchronisation of head and hand. The pieces are a consequence of processes such as play, failure, erasure and destruction; you can see the ghost of what happened before, visible false starts, often haphazard and not particularly project driven.
The exhibition is an honest and real representation of the analytical technique of sharpening interests, narrowing down and filtering work through an expository lens, unpicking the work in a critical manner. The artists have fully realised this notion of ‘suspending judgement’ truly and not just aiming to do it theoretically, thus transforming how they make work.
By making work with a lack of preciousness, the art became about actual experience, not an illustration, but the physical sensation of the works own realisation, a rudimentary and primitive experience of producing art.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE EXHIBITION…
This exhibition was the first group exhibition art collaborative that I was involved with. The exhibition was planned and curated by everyone involved in the exhibition. Each artist had a role in making the event possible. My role was to help with the poster design and distribution and to plan the private view evening and arrange the drinks for the guests. I also assisted with the curation and set up technical equipment. All of which were good experiences that I was able to take forward to future exhibitions. The private view and the exhibition had 300+ visitors.