Whatever Next? FE Interim Show in the New Gallery features the work of Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD), with pathways including Photography, Graphic Design, 3D and Spatial Design and Applied Arts. ABC Diplomas in 3D Modelling, Graphics, Sound, Animation, Photography, Spatial (Interior) Design and Access to HE Diploma Design coursework sits alongside.
Stand-out work includes FAD Graphic Design student Kathryn Flint’s wonderfully intricate illustration, Flint’s Pictorial Alphabet, which sees letters constructed from all sorts of organisms: beehives, shells, muscles and ligaments, bones and other beasts. It bears a distinct style with neo-gothic leanings that Flint recreates elsewhere in the exhibition in the guise of Aliester Crowley; a humanised – and dodgy-dealing – crow.
Fellow FAD Graphics student Marcus Cheung strays into Book Arts territory and applies his own intricate diligence to slicing out butterflies from the pages of a hardback, revealing strata of his own design. The paper bodies have been displaced and are stacked on the side, arching slightly like a splayed pack of cards.
FAD Photography student Alexander Ramsden’s meditations Clairvoyance are striking in their abstraction – figments of clothing and bodies bleed in and out of white and colours are muted and subtle.
The New Gallery is simply full of work: a sound installation plays out from one corner, a shadow puppet theatre runs in another. Films are shown and sketchbooks are displayed to show workings. Letterpressed posters bear political messages and one wall has become a Post-It Note mural to Elephant and Castle.
There is clearly much more to come from these guys, so watch this space. The show is open to the public until February 11 – see our News and Events page for more information.