Exhibitions run 29 June – 27 July 2013
Peacock Visual Arts FUTUREPROOF opening – Friday 28 June 6 – 8pm
Street Level Photoworks FUTUREPROOF opening – Saturday 29 June 3 – 5pm
FUTUREPROOF is a series of exhibitions organised by Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen and Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, profiling up-and-coming artists from Scotland’s Photography and Electronic Media courses.
It aims to capture something of the broad range of ways that younger and emerging artists engage with these media. The title ‘Futureproof’ is a pun on the definition of futureproofing – of finding ways of not becoming obsolete in the future, and also of the subtle ways of anticipating future developments in the field, of seizing opportunities, as well as the actual and intangible influences in ideas that feed the arts of photography, moving image and installation.
Artists Exhibiting at Peacock Visual Arts:
Julia Bauer (University of West Scotland)
Kirsty Cochrane (Edinburgh Napier University)
James Dixon (Glasgow School of Art)
Lloyd Elliot (Gray’s School of Art)
Alex Harvey (Glasgow School of Art)
India Victoria Heron (University of West Scotland)
Stella Heath Keir (Edinburgh College of Art)
Donna Maria Kelly (University of West Scotland)
Hannah Killoh (Edinburgh College of Art)
Katarzyna Litarska (Glasgow School of Art)
Jonny Lyons (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)
Gavin Mottram (Glasgow School of Art)
Radek Nowaki (University of West Scotland)
Catherine Scott (Moray College)
Artists exhibiting at Street Level Photoworks:
Marian Archibald (Glasgow School of Art)
Katarzyna Branicka (Edinburgh Napier University)
Enda Burke (Gray’s School of Art)
Sophie-China Cabourn (Edinburgh College of Art)
Catherine Cameron (Glasgow School of Art)
Ross Finnie (Glasgow School of Art)
Monika Grabowska (Edinburgh College of Art)
Mat Hay (Edinburgh Napier University)
Csilla Kozma (University of West Scotland)
Gemma Mathieson (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)
Ania Mokrzycka (Edinburgh Napier University)
Fiona Skinner (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design)
Over the next week and a half we will be putting the spotlight on each artist, on our website and on our facebook page to tell you a bit more about them and their work in the run up to the openings on 28 and 29 June.
FUTUREPROOF Artist Spotlight
India Heron has recently graduated from University of West Scotland with a degree in Photography. Her work is focused on the growth of life and experience through the lens, capturing various areas of her own experiences through tonal ranges, textures and medium.
Using self-portraiture in most of her work she examines the relationship of life with layers of depth. She carries this over into her more commercial work where the images produced are delicately intimate, and one look only tells a part of a story that seems to grow with every look.
A conscious artist and passionate wild swimmer India has chosen to share forgotten waterways across Britain, in an attempt to reveal the hidden beauty experienced as a swimmer.
The work aims to immerse you in the experience of wild swimming.
DONNA MARIA KELLY
Donna Maria Kelly, recent graduate of University of West Scotland, brings a unique visual style to the documentary genre, creating compelling images which give the viewer an intimate, yet unobtrusive view of her subject’s world.
Working with those on the fringes of society, Donna’s aim is not to glamorise, or fetishise the lives of her subjects but simply to show the everyday, menial moments that make up their lives.
Too subtle to be shocking, yet leaving lingering feelings in the viewer’s mind, Kelly’s work is accomplished and effective.
On her project ‘Lùth’
“Through this project I explored the production of energy in Scotland and its place within the landscape. The diverse geography of Scotland, from rural lowlands to barren uplands, and from large cities to uninhabited islands has created a perfect environment for the production and testing of renewable energy. For this work I travelled from the Orkney Islands to the Solway Firth, photographing and documenting Scotland’s relationship with both traditional methods of generating energy as well as renewable sources.”
According to Ortony, “a good metaphor utilizes region in two remote conceptual spaces that occupy similar positions within each space”. (2010, p.7)
“I am interested in the metaphor of the queen bee in the hive and the woman in the home and the creation of a third region. This region is the synthesis of the environments experienced by each, which have many commonalities and engender such issues as patriarchy, metamorphosis and transcendence.”
Ortony, A (2010) 2nd edn. Metaphor and Thought: Milton Keynes: Cambridge University Press
Catherine is a graduate of Moray College/Moray School of Art
In the works that make up ‘Frame’ the artist places himself within the content of projected film scenes and mimics the performance of the character/actor. Within this framework, the phenominon of constructed masculinities framed within texts of popular culture – specifically that of the institution of cinema – is cited.
By further editing these respective pieces into a unified work, a wider conceptual dialogue is established. Concerned with the relationship between the spectator and the spectacle of the moving image, ‘Frame’ explores mechanisms by which the direction of a spectators gaze is influenced by methods which aid in the objectification of the subject on screen.
Gavin is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art.
‘What we know as landscape is only sustained through our own short term actions. The inertia created by this activity, in the face of inevitable entropy, maintains a world of sustained transition. Photography is unique in its ability to highlight this dynamic stasis, allowing us to pause and consider this contradiction outside of time.
The scenes I present highlight this dichotomy. Apparently banal, unburdened by object or subject, yet rendered with the almost supernatural reality of an 8”x10” field camera, they provoke a revaluation of the common and promote the defamiliarisation of everyday experience.’
James is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art.
“My practice focuses on the overlooked within our daily lives.
The amusement park is indeed a fantastic space. One which stimulates us, hyper realises our senses and allows us to escape from the day-to-day. Through the use of colour, composition, and occasional irony, I have explored this fantastic space in a not so fantastic way; I aim to hint at the world below, behind or beside the hot dog stands and looping roller coasters. In doing this I do not wish to hint to the monotony of daily life, but to those little details, shapes and colours that make the space so fun and stimulating; Fantastic!”
Hannah is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art.
Lost boys, fragility of childhood, friendship, putting outlandish childhood ideas into practice, adventure, exploration and not being afraid of failure are explored through a series of functioning sculpture work documented by photography.
Jonny is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Julia-Kristina Bauer has a passion for a variety of arts practices and ways of expression. Before studying photography at City of Glasgow, Julia studied performance and filmmaking at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her photographic work often draws from different aspects of her previous training by considering ideas about space, spatial relationships and duration on the one hand, text, objects and human presence on the other. Julia often approaches her work through hands-on construction and aims to appropriate her pictures into sculptural objects. While constantly pursuing her own work, Julia also seeks an active relationship with the arts and has been documenting a variety of works for festivals, performers and arts practitioners.
In this work, space and spatial relationships are investigated through the representation of corridors as a series of empty passages photographed from each end. For Julia-Kristina Bauer, corridors resemble transient places where learned perspectives make her look forwards and backwards reflecting on where she came from or where she wants to go next. Here, she feels as if she can constantly adjust her point of view until her perspective may eventually settle in the middle. In their woven form, each corridor is now not only a mere representation; through interlacing the different perspectives, the prints lose their two-dimensional flatness and create a new spatial object.
Julia is a graduate of City of Glasgow (UWS).
‘As a foreigner I was looking for the best photographic technique to present my view of Scotland. My diptychs try to illustrate human nature with respect to the Scottish landscape and cityscapes. Portraits on the white background show the life stigma of characters contained in their figures and faces. At the same time these diptychs are my very personal stories about their and my own fate, whose context is landscape/cityscape. In the future I hope I can find the key that unlocks a chest full of human stories. For me a camera is only a tool, which helped me to be close with people and photography is a medium, which allows me to break down the barriers. Photography is the only true language that knows no barriers.’
Radek is a graduate of City of Glasgow (UWS).