Robert Storr to visit Chelsea College of Arts

Robert Storr in conversation with David Bailey at Tate in 2008.

Robert Storr in conversation with David Bailey at Tate in 2008.

Curator, writer, critic and academic, Robert Storr, considered to be one of the most influential Americans in the art world will visit Chelsea College of Arts next week to work with students and take part in a panel discussion as part of our Graduate School events programme.

Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Art in 2006, his extensive career spans work as a curator in the 1990s at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Venice Biennale in 2007 as well as writing, public speaking and establishing the reputations of modern and contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann and Robert Ryman.

As part of his visit to the College, Chelsea’s MA Curating and Collections students will be taking part in a masterclass with him, which will be covered on this blog next week.

Also known as a formidable writer, he has published monographs on Chuck Close, Nancy Spero, Franz West, Bruce Nauman and Lousie Bourgeois. Indeed, his Wikipedia entry states that his published writings encompass 289 works in 390 publications in 12 languages and 18,002 library holdings.

From 2004 – 2011 he wrote a regular column, ‘View from the Bridge’ for Frieze magazine in which he covered topics as diverse as colour theory (and it’s limitations) and the significance of the leisure habits of the very rich, at times likening the experience of viewing art in one of Manhattan’s bustling galleries with a visit to a colonoscopy clinic and at others questioning what it means to be an ‘art writer’ at all.

An artist himself, he was described by NY Magazine in the year he joined Yale as “an artist who’s logged enough studio time to have a special regard for painters’ painters like Elizabeth Murray and Philip Guston—and a gifted writer who can make us appreciate them, too.”

Jason Rhoades's Tijuana Chandelier at Robert Storr's Venice Biennale in 2007. Photo by Jane1000 via Flickr.

Jason Rhoades’s Tijuana Chandelier at Robert Storr’s Venice Biennale in 2007. Photo by Jane1000 via Flickr.

It is probably his time as commissioner of the Venice Biennale for which he is best known, and which will form the starting point for his talk entitled On Interpretation at Chelsea on 27 November. The first American to undertake the role, his 52nd International Art Exhibition entitled ‘Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense’ broke attendance records and established his influence on a global scale while raising questions about the weight of artistic responsibility, and the role of the viewer. The New Yorker’s review by Peter Schjeldahl’s said of the exhibition: “For me, the conduciveness to meditation that holds up throughout the acres of new and newish international art in the Biennale’s two main sites [... ] borders on the miraculous.”

No stranger to controversy, Storr has said of his time at the helm of the Biennale: “what ultimately bothered [critics] most was that it brought together images and issues and media that people had a big stake in keeping separated and antithetical.”

Storr’s presentation at Chelsea, therefore, is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the man dubbed by The New Criterion as a ‘kingmaker’ and by NY Magazine as “a vital link between the museum and academia”.  If you can’t attend, Professor Paul Goodwin, one of UAL’s Chairs of Black Art and Design and former curator at Tate Britain will produce a think piece reflecting on the talk’s content, which will be published here following the event.

Portrait of Robert Storr by Camberwell BA Painting alumnus Joe Morris.

Portrait of Robert Storr by Camberwell BA Painting alumnus Joe Morris.

On Interpretation: A panel discussion with Robert Storr, Andrea Rose and Bernd Behr takes place at Chelsea College of Arts on 27 November 2014, 6-8pm. It is a public event presented by the CCW Graduate School and is a partnership between UAL and International Curators Forum.

 

Further images of the Venice Bienally 2007 by Jane1000 can be viewed on Flickr.

Find out more about On Interpretation on the event page.

Read Robert Storr’s columns for Frieze magazine on their website.

Find out more about studying MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea on our course pages.

Find out more about the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School on our research pages.

Secrets of Nature

Secrets of Nature installation at NYFOL

We are excited to announce the opening of Secrets of Nature, a sound and light installation, on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Arts.

This interactive artwork allows the public to play four large umbrella structures as though they are musical instruments. Curated by artist and lighting designer Tupac Martir of Satore Studio,  the installation uses cutting-edge technology called Mogees which turn physical objects into musical instruments by converting the vibrations that we make through touch, into sound.

The four large umbrellas enhanced with this technology will react to rain drops, wind, and visitors’ touch. These vibrations will alter the lighting and trigger music and sound composed by Plaid, These New Puritans, Luca C & Brigante and Bruno Zamborlin.

The work was exhibited earlier this year as part of the first annual New York Festival of Light (NYFOL), and will be open to the public in London until 24 January 2015.

Follow Secrets of Nature online: #secretsofnature #mogees

The project has been coordinated by the Enterprise Collective

Please note: the installation is not accessible to the public on Sundays, or between Wednesday 24 December – Monday 5 January 2015.

The Collaborative Quest/ion: exploring artistic collaborations

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CCW PhD research student Scott Schwager, artist Metod Blejec and Goldsmith’s PhD research student Dafne Louzioti have teamed up to create a series of  participatory events which aim to unpack the complexity and controversy surrounding collaboration. What does one need to bring into a collaboration? What is better left out?

Artistic practices have long employed a range of co-working structures from ghost writing to trans-disciplinary collaboration. The Collaborative Quest/ion aims to get under the skin of what and who constitutes these structures, what makes them and what breaks them, in this series of experimental events and activities in November 2014 that include a Walk&Talk, collaborating in movement, a photographic scavenger hunt and collective cooking.

The events will take place over four consequtive days: 20th – 23rd November 2014. The process will be filmed, photographed, scribed, drawn and narrated and will culminate in a publication.

Experiments are free, but booking is highly recommended. Email: info@aceandlion.org

Experiments schedule:

Thursday 20. Nov

18.30–20.30 / Walk&Talk / Meet at Ace&Lion / Participants must bring someone along. We will also welcome lone wolves.

 Friday 21. Nov

18.30–20.30 / Questions of Collaboration / Location: Ace&Lion / Participants must bring a question on collaboration.

 Saturday 22. Nov

11.00–17.00 / Co-Motion / Location: Room RHB154, Goldsmiths, University of London / Participants must bring comfortable clothes to move in.

Sunday 23 Nov

12.00–16.00 / Huntorama / Meet at Ace&Lion / Participants must bring a digital camera.

17.00–20.00 / Collective Cooking / Location: TBA / Participants must bring a vegetarian friendly ingredient.

Ace&Lion   349 Caledonian Rd   London N1 1DW

Goldsmiths   New Cross   London   SE14 6NW

We look forward to seeing the outcome of these experiments!

Springboard exhibition at Cookhouse Gallery celebrating CCW graduates overseas

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The Springboard Exhibition, celebrating our students and graduates working overseas, opens this evening 11th November 2014, 5.30pm at the Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts.

For the last 10 years, CCW Colleges have been funding our students and graduates to travel internationally and complete projects and workshops with our international partners. Currently over 100 students have participated in these schemes.

Projects included are:
Tokyo Wonder Site ONSITE LAB. JAPAN.
Arts for India/ IIFA Graduate Teaching Scheme. INDIA
Doitung Development Programme. THAILAND
Chaning Mai University British Council Textile Programme. THAILAND
Beijing Graduate Teaching Scheme. CHINA

To celebrate these projects and the positive impact that these experiences have had on our students, we have asked all of those students to send us a piece of work to represent their time overseas and their experience. From these submissions, Lorna Bircham, Course Leader, MA Textile Design, Chelsea College, has selected 18 pieces of work.

We do hope that you can join us.
Private View of Springboard Exhibition
Tuesday 11th November 2014, 5:30pm
Chelsea College of Arts, Cookhouse Gallery.

 

Chila Kumari Burman currently: Self-Portraits – This Is Not Me

Work by Chila Burman

Work by Chila Burman

As part of our  Ghosts exhibition programme run by our UAL Chairs of Black Art & Design Paul Goodwin and Sonya Boyce,  we currently have the wonderfully talent international artist Chila Burman showing in the Cookhouse Gallery until tomorrow evening.Yesterday afternoon we had a chat with Chila to hear more about her inspirational life and path through the art world.

Image credit: '28 Positions in 34 Years' by Chila Kumari Burman, Inkjet print, 1992 – 2004

Image credit: ’28 Positions in 34 Years’ by Chila Kumari Burman, Inkjet print, 1992 – 2004

Chila enlightened us on her Punjabi parents’ journey from India to Liverpool, her youth in the north of England and then London. She works with numerous mediums to create her work and was deeply inspired by having students from all around the world in her classes during postgraduate studies in London during the 1980′s. Academics have been key to Chila’s success as they have always encouraged her.

In some ways, she broke a glass ceiling in terms of being a graphic artist, print making as a Fine Artist in that period of the early 80′s. Indeed, Chila told us that she is still good friends with many of her old tutors. She takes much of her inspiration from her heritage. Chila’s work has been collected by many public and private institutions including the Tate.

Full information on the exhibition

This is exhibition is open to the public, staff and students.

Opening times: Monday – Friday 11:00 to 17:00

Chair Background

The University of the Arts London have newly appointed 12 Cross-University Chairs  in a major investment in students’ academic experience.  The new Chairs bring leading experts with a wide range of creative focuses to the University, including black art and design, arts, design and science, and art in the environment. 

 

Textile Toolbox exhibition to explore sustainable textile design

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This week sees the launch of an online exhibition, the Textile Toolbox which will be celebrated on 13 November with a 24- hour Pop-Up event at Chelsea College of Arts. Launched by Chelsea’s TED (Textiles Environment Design) research group, the exhibition will showcase ten propositional design concepts inspired by research into the sustainability of the fashion and textile industry.

TED is a research cluster of staff based at Chelsea and is pioneering with its practice-led and practice-based sustainable textile design research. Members of TED are expert practitioners and teachers of a wide range of textile skills and techniques including digital printing, weave, knit and stitch and sustainable print and dye techniques. They form a key part of UAL’s Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC).

We spoke to TFRC’s Professor Becky Earley about the project and how people can get involved.

Can you tell us about how the Textile Toolbox exhibition came about?

TED is the practice-based design research team within the Mistra (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) Future Fashion consortium. Our research project is titled ‘Interconnected design thinking and processes for sustainable textiles and fashion’ (or ‘New Design Processes’ for short!) and is producing the Textile Toolbox exhibition as part of Phase 1 of this project which we have been working on since 2011.  For the exhibition, we have commissioned 10 exhibits that respond to research breakthroughs in the consortium. The new design briefs and resulting artefacts use a range of our research data – from new materials to consumer behavior insights.

The commissioned work is going to be revealed on 13th November 2014, in both an online format and also as a pop-up showcase at Chelsea. The aim of the online-based exhibition format is to reach a vast global community of designers and to establish a dissemination and data collection platform for Swedish fashion and textiles stakeholders. The exhibits are directed largely towards designers in large, medium and small companies, and in education, wherever in the world they may be.

Tell us more about TED’s work.

TED’s expertise is strategic design thinking for sustainable textiles, resulting in the development and application of ‘The TEN’, a set of design strategies for textile designers. TED’s The TEN were co-developed by me, Professor Kay Politowicz and the team at TED between 2006 – 2010. They are sustainable strategies which aim to help designers reduce the environmental impact of textile design, production, use and disposal. They are a framework for creative thinking and action. As ideas emerge, The TEN can be used to develop layers of strategic innovation – a chance to redesign and improve, or simply to communicate concepts and products more clearly.

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Please tell us about a couple of your favorite design discoveries that the works in the exhibition respond to.

Each exhibit will apply TED’s ‘layered thinking’ and connect more than one of The TEN strategies in the outcome. Most of all we want the exhibits to provoke thought, then actions. The exhibits are ‘provotypes’ – prototypes that provoke debate. We have played with The TEN cards to create ‘hands’: each prototype has a ‘lead card’ or strategy that has inspired it, e.g. cyclability, and then used other strategies to build the idea into a more sophisticated design brief. The 10 new garments in the exhibition use layered thinking rather than reflect each of the individual strategies per se.

The provocations vary – from asking questions about technology and processes for the future, to how business models and consumer behaviors need to change. Here are a few of them:

  • How can we make fast fashion genuinely faster, and ‘lighter’?
  • How can the use of laser technologies lead us to more localised production?
  • How can the consumer extend the life of their garments - either at home, within a retail environment, or in a social space?
  • How can the multitude of small makers join forces to create new economic models for fashion?
  • How can a design toolbox enable box designers and consumers to make innovative, bespoke digital fashion fabric?
  • What tools and skills do designers need if they are to go outside they comfort zones and contribute to social change in other, less developed cultures?

The commissioned projects are being mapped against scientific collaborators and industry peer review partners to develop a connectivity map of the design research and its related industry. Part of the success of the work is the link to other researchers in the consortium – we believe we are being pioneering in the way we are pursuing collaboration across disciplines and even cultures.

Will there be a chance for other people to get involved in the exhibition? How?

In the exhibition there are fashion shoot images, still images, close ups and sketch book images, films about the making process, texts and web-links, a resources section for download, and a survey to take part in to help us build our data.

We are inviting a global audience of designers to visit the site, sign up and submit design projects for our Open Gallery space. We will invite each submission to use the TED strategies, and to apply a layered approach with the strategies to articulate the work. We will select the ten projects that demonstrate the most interconnected design approaches – innovative systemic and material approaches for textile design that fuse different disciplines in one original design proposal. We want the prototypes to provoke debate, and conversations to ripple out – leading to real change.

We are also inviting visitors to review our exhibition, (please contact tfrc@tfrc.org.uk to get in touch) and the versatile format of the live Pop Up display will offer the opportunity for the exhibition to travel widely and to be set up in other partner institutions and organisations.

What other projects are you currently involved in?

All our design research is about educating, inspiring and guiding the designer – from the individual in education or in an enterprise to teams in large companies. At Chelsea, TED’s research is integrated in the curriculum at both BA and MA level through tailored The TEN workshops or specific lecture programs. In order to enable the understanding of sustainable design strategies in a more effective and timely manner – we have recently completed a series of short animated films, to help participants grasp the essential considerations for textile and fashion designers to embrace in their day-to-day practice. The TED team have been writing scripts over the last year, Ana Diaz (MA Textiles graduate from Chelsea) from SokFok Studio was the animator, and the project was funded by CLTAD, TFRC and Chelsea research. See our The TEN webpage to watch the animations and read more about each strategy.

Recently, the TED work has been exploring what design strategies are needed in a circular economy – a hot topic right now – and one which TED are well placed to answer, having conducted research into design for ‘upcycling’ through an AHRC project in 2005 – 2009. We have just submitted a Mistra phase 2 and an EU funding proposal, both of which are concerned with design strategies for the circular economy. Fingers crossed!

We are always working on creative outcomes and craft and making is a shared interest amongst us all here at TED. I will be debating the future of making this month in Nottingham, arguing that technology is helping craft to move forward rather than killing it! You can find out more about the talk on their website.

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If you would like to attend the live exhibition at the Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Arts on 13 and 14 November, please RSVP to tfrc@tfrc.org.uk or get in touch with TED for more information about touring the show.

Find out more about TED on their website.

Find out more about studying Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts on our course pages.

Frontier Evening Art Exhibition: Marking three years in partnership with the University of the Arts London

Over the past three years, Frontier Economics has developed a special relationship with the University of the Arts London by commissioning artwork for their London office. Each year Frontier Economics work with Chelsea Fine Art Students on a commission project in which the students pitch to the clients, producing pieces which will be displayed in the company’s headquarters on High Holborn, in London. This project has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to raise their profile, and gain an insight into life as a professional artist. Since 2011, over 60 artists have taken part in the project, and a number of artworks remain in the Frontier offices today.

To celebrate this unique relationship Frontier held an art exhibition at their offices last week. They showed a cross-section of the participating student’s work, which included bespoke pieces made for Frontier and also other pieces from the students portfolios. Every student who has ever pitched for the commission project with Frontier was invited to submit proposals for the show and the quality of work was outstanding.

The participates of the exhibition were able to sell their work to the guests gaining valuable experience towards establishing their current and future practices.

“Even if I hadn’t sold anything it was so useful to be put in a situation where you have to talk about your practice and about particular paintings to people other than art students and tutors. It really helped me to understand how much information to give and how much is too much. Also just the practical side of how useful it is to have really good quality documentation of other work easily to hand to show prospective buyers.”

Student Amber Booth

Congratulations to our UAL students and recent graduates who participated in the show, Mimi Winsor, Simone Barnes, Linda Coiradas, Ivy Chan,  Agnieska A.Dlugosz, Bo Katrina Choy, Rosie Keane, Amber Booth, Anta Germane, Aram Khas, Teresa Byrne , Lewis Davidson, Anna-Louise Miele, Jacqueline Jackson, Emma Cahill and Roseanne Connolly.

 

We are delighted to share with you some images from the event below.

Work by Teresa Byrne

Work by Teresa Byrne

 

Work by Katrina Choy

Work by Bo Katrina Choy

Work by Rosie Keane

Work by Rosie Keane

 

Work by Mimi Winsor

Work by Mimi Winsor

 

 

Performance by  Mimi Winsor, painting by Emma Cahill.

Performance by Mimi Winsor, painting by Emma Cahill.

Images kindly provided by Marion Franke at Frontier Economics.

Kind thanks to Sue Ridge, Teresa Byrne, Annick Collins, Marion Franke, Alena Kozakova, Jon Adlard, Saskia Nett and Tara Patel.

This collaboration has been coordinated by the Enterprise Collective – for more information or support to develop your project, please contact enterprisecollective@arts.ac.uk or 0207 514 9300.

Chelsea MA Fine Art Introductory Exhibition ‘Tangent’

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The MA Fine Art degree course at Chelsea  College of Arts is one of the longest running postgraduate fine art courses in the UK. This Autumn ‘Tangent’ exhibition is the ambitious show of this year’s September 2014 new intake of MAFA students, from both full and part-time study, comprising of 114 students from 20 countries.

The students have been set the audacious task of producing work that falls firmly outside of their normal practice in less than 5 days. This challenging project encourages people to take the risk to abandon their current trajectories and technicalities of practice, cajoling and pushing them into zones of the unknown. This task has culminated in their fresh exhibition ‘Tangent’.

We invite all students, alumni and the public to come to the Private View this evening at Triangle Space and Cook House Space at Chelsea College of Arts.

‘Tangent’, MA Fine Art Introductory Exhibition

PV: 30th October 2014, 5pm – 8pm

Exhibition Runs: 31st October 2014
Opening Hours: 11am- 5pm

Our MA Fine Art students have an exciting year ahead of them, we look forward to getting to know them individually and seeing them develop their practice in exciting and new ways.

Alumni Profile – Yasmin Falahat

NIght Walking by Yasmin Falahat

Night Walking by Yasmin Falahat

We were very pleased to have a visit recently from aspiring talent, 2014 BA Textile Design graduate Yasmin Falahat from Ilford, Essex, Greater London. Yasmin’s just been selected for UK Young Artists Festival 2014 which will take place 7th-9th of November in Leicester. Here’s a little more about her time at Chelsea and views on living and studying in London.

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words? Intense, Challenging & Exciting

What did you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea? The atmosphere and being surrounded by other creatives who you can bounce ideas off whilst experimenting a lot. The wonderful academics and technicians who support you and always push you hard to do your very best. When you conceive an idea you can always try to make it a reality in the workshops and studio spaces.

How did you enjoy living in London? I’m from Greater London so I commuted to college from my family home. I feel at home in London. There are so many things and places to see and experience which inspires you on a daily basis for your creative studies.

Where do you live now? I continue to live in Ilford, with a view to international opportunities including future travel.

What was your greatest challenge on the course and how did you overcome it? Picking yourself up when things don’t work out exactly as you want them, especially when you are surrounded by so many talented people. You feel the pressure to create something new and original. If you keep working hard something will come from it, often you learn the most through your mistakes.

What has been your greatest challenge in your professional life since then and how have you overcome it? Since I graduated three months ago, my main challenge has been figuring out the direction I want to go in professionally. I’m continuing to be creative, keeping in touch with my classmates for potential collaboration and researching business opportunities including through UAL’s Student Enterprise and Employability.

Biro Drawing by Yasmin Falahat

Biro Drawing by Yasmin Falahat

What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions? Taking part in the FloatArt exhibition with other Chelsea graduates at London Oxo Tower in late September this year and being selected for UK Young Artists Festival 2014 which will take place 7th-9th of November in Leicester. These are the first two shows I’ve been involved in outside of Chelsea College of Arts.

Are you still a practicing artist/designer? Yes.

And lastly, what would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Chelsea? Go for it! Because you learn so much, the people are lovely and the atmosphere is great!

Follow Yasmin on her website and tumblr blog

Images are from Yasmin’s final graduate collection: “6 mixed media pieces made from hand-sculpting wax with areas of stitched mono filament. This project was based on the change in mood people can have when walking at night, how the context of the journey and how the individual feels can be effected by the change in light”

Chelsea BA Fine Art Graduates exhibit at the Parasol Unit Gallery

Courtesy of the artist Jon Baker

Courtesy of the artist Jon Baker

At this year’s undergraduate Summer Show Awards 2014, three Chelsea BA Fine Art students won the prestigious Exposure 14 Award presented by the London Gallery: Parasol Unit. Chelsea graduates Jon Baker, Sarah Roberts and Aaron Wells impressed the judges with their experimental and thoughtful degree show works.

Set up in 2009, the Exposure Award selects three graduates from one chosen art school.  The winning graduates are chosen by a judging panel for their “innovative skills and excellence in aesthetics”. The winners are then invited to exhibit at Parasol Unit as well as take part in a panel discussion.

Courtesy of the Artist Aaron Wells

Courtesy of the Artist Aaron Wells

Following a successful Private View, the Exposure 2014 Award Exhibition will be open until 9th November 2014 at the Parasol Unit Gallery. The three winners engaged in a lively debate at the exhibition’s Panel Discussion 23rd October with Dave Beech, Senior Lecturer in the BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm & Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

Courtesy of the Artist Sarah Roberts

Courtesy of the Artist Sarah Roberts

We congratulate them on their exhibition, and look forward to seeing them progress in their careers.

 

Alumni Profile – Rodolfo Villaplana

Ashley by Rodolfo Villaplana

Ashley by Rodolfo Villaplana

This week our one minute interview is with MA Fine Art 2013 graduate Rodolfo Villaplana from Venezuela. Rodolfo’s exciting new London based solo show called The Naked and The Nude which opens in a matter of hours. Details below:

20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA
16 – 19 October 2014, 11am-8pm
Private View: Thursday, 16 October 6-10pm

Sleeping by  Rodolfo Villaplana

Sleeping by Rodolfo Villaplana

Here’s a little more info about Rodolfo, his time and Chelsea and continuing climb towards artistic greatness:

Describe your Chelsea experience in 3 words? More than positive

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea? I really enjoyed sharing time and knowledge with fellow artists. We shared studio spaces so we could deeply see each other evolve. I found this very stimulating as we were all experimenting with new ways of transforming and developing our work. There was sort of a general challenge that I accepted and that made me feel in a stronger position regarding my work.

The Surprise at Pimlico by  Rodolfo Villaplana

The Surprise at Pimlico by Rodolfo Villaplana

How did you enjoy living in London? As a London based artist, this city offers me the possibility to be in contact every day with the very best and the newest of the art world. I can measure my possibilities as an artist with that… It’s a privilege as a contemporary artist to have such an incredible variety of cultural offers in one place.

Where did you live in London when you studied at Chelsea? Barons Court Road, London

What was your neighbourhood like? Pretty and central

Where do you live now? Oval, London

Banana Skin by Rodolfo Villaplana

Banana Skin by Rodolfo Villaplana

What was your greatest challenge on the course and how did you overcome it? To develop my art and take it to another level. I dedicated the course to realise big format canvases where I could finally achieve this new way of transforming the background into pure colour and to suspend the figure as I am a figurative painter.

What has been your greatest challenge in your professional life since then and how have you overcome it? My new solo debut in the 20th century theatre and my recent solo show in Venice, are both very important for me. For this show in London we have the support of the MOCA museum of contemporary art and private sponsors. The space of the theatre is just massive and my big format canvases fit very well in this sort of space. We will open during FRIEZE.

What are your greatest achievements/awards/exhibitions? The Naked and the Nude:My new solo debut in London, showcasing my most recent work about the psychological possibilities of the portraiture from real life.

Self-Portrait with Blue Sky by Rodolfo Villaplana

Self-Portrait with Blue Sky by Rodolfo Villaplana

Chelsea Graduate Alex J Wood responds to the centenary of the First World War in the Crypt Gallery

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Artist Alex J Wood, who graduated from Chelsea MA Fine Art in 2013, is part of the group exhibition ‘Disinter’ which explores artistic responses to the centenary of the First Wold War.

The Great War is explored by nine contemporary artists in relation to a world today where there is a proliferation of imagery and information. Sculpture, photography and painting take over the atmospheric space that is The Crypt, which once served as an air raid shelter.

Alex J Wood steers his work into ‘air warfare’ with his bronze and paper sculptures whilst fellow UAL graduate Lee Coyne (Wimbledon MFA) explores photography in the alcoves within the space. Mary Campbell retains a vibrant response with her extremely intricate paper cutouts. Other contributors include Annette Slim, Blanka Horakova, Christine White, Gill Smith, Irene Hammond and Jo Cockle.

‘Disinter’ will be running throughout Frieze Fringe Week.
Open: Tuesday 14 October – Sunday 19 October 12-6PM
The Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA
Closest Tubes: Kings Cross St Pancras & Euston Station
www.disintercrypt.wordpress.com

Bronze and card  2014  Made whilst the first CCW Alumni Bursar Recipient at Camberwell College of Arts in 2014.

Bronze and card
2014, Alex J Wood
Made whilst the first CCW Alumni Bursar Recipient at Camberwell College of Arts in 2014.