Class of ’18 Exhibition

After uni on Tuesday 23rd January. I visited the MA Graphic Arts class of 2018’s final degree show, which was taking place in the Bower Ashton Gallery (above reception).

We were invited to take a closer look at the methodologies of some of the students work. Zoe’s [below] was pointed out to be of a ‘practice as research process’. Which is clear, by the way she transitions from a few hundred instagram screenshots through to abstract references to these in the final finished pieces. I particularly like the screen-print of the hot dog legs [second down on the right] as the colour of the legs shows stark resemblance to a piercing holiday sun burn and of course the blue resembles the sea. It’s this that makes it perhaps the most familiar of the bunch, allowing for a clear and somewhat humorous message.

Zoe’s work. Highlighting instagram trends

Below, is Sams work. Differently, she adopted an ‘apply theory, test theory, and/or adapt theory’ methodology. Where she helps the audience identify what kind of animal they are in relation to how they explore a museum. I saw the presentation of this work the previous semester and the process must be highly commended, as the exhaustive build up to this work allows it to then flourish as well prepared and visually appealing final piece.

Sam’s work. What are you? An ant, fish, grasshopper, butterfly, or… wolf?

More images of work on display. Each of these displayed a strong aesthetic and thoughtful process. All of which filled me with huge drive and inspiration, in the build up to my own final degree show.

Further mention must go to Robert [middle-left] for his interactive poster design, ‘manual memory interface’. I must admit, I don’t fully understand the concept but the idea of being able to tear off pages to create not only your own poster design but to alter that of the large one you see in front of you is brilliant. I happily helped myself! We were then supplied with matching sleeves to keep our new work inside. An awesome approach to the museum user experience and one which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Roberts meticulously well designed work, manual memory interface

I really loved the show and I’m now even more stoked for my own, in a years time.