EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS 2021
THE RETURN OF THE LIGHT
A group exhibition by CSM BA(Hons) Fine Art Graduate Students
Show: 29 July – 8 August 2021
Open Evening: Friday 30th July 7-10pm
The Return of Light is the essence of an image existing behind a mirror. Almost identical but in reverse, the image is neither true nor false. It sits in a paradoxical state of being veracious yet ambiguous and intangible, allowing us to transition from one state to another.
To see artworks as surfaces where light returns, participating artists attempt to reveal what functions beneath, such as the cultural diaspora, social stereotypes and individual conflicts they are constantly involved in. The exhibition acts as an event/happening/ephemera that demonstrates the artists’ realization process. Audiences are invited to engage with the state of transition and take part in the experiencing.
The Return of Light consists of 6 artists based in London and Hong Kong. The exhibition is an extension of our BA degree show in Central Saint Martins, leading us towards a physical conclusion to our education. We will be showcasing works in different media, including photography, video and installations.
RUBY CHAN | @rubyspolekiss
RUBY CHIU | @ruby199905
SARA HASSANEIN | @myfuckingwork
KENNA LAU | @whitewallnostalgia
PRINCESS MAGPUYO | @art.princess
ROSE WEI | @redrosegrowwide
A COLLABORATION WITH MY MIND | ELISE FIFIELD
Show: 12-22 August
Open Evening: Friday 13th 7-10pm
Elise Fifield is a self-taught artist who has recently focused on letting her mind talk through her art. Along with the majority of people Elise has found life through the pandemic hard and it has led to a lot of reflection on life. This led her to recently quitting school as she felt it held her back from doing what she is naturally gifted at.
“it’s something that I don’t really have to try to do… I suddenly find myself drawing without really thinking about it”
Along with this big change she experienced a lot of internal dialogue with herself. Through using a mix of different medias, she feels able to use it to understand and express what’s going on inside. This is Elise’s first time showing her art in public.
“I make art that is inspired by my feelings,
Sometimes about how I’m feeling right then,
Sometimes reflecting on past feelings.
A collaboration between tenses
It was coming up to my 19th
I designed myself a hoody with dinosaur blades on the back.
I started drawing myself in the hoody
Doing self portraits
And then my hoody was made
And my doodling just became
It’s own thing.
There are lots of monsters in my art
For me they represent difficulties people have.
I like to use lots of materials and techniques
Collaging became very therapeutic
I was trying to convey the many layers of emotions that are there to be discovered.
The work became more abstract
I was less interested in being aesthetically pleasing
And more interested in communicating the conversations I had in my head.
If I think about or plan my art too much
I’m not going to have that emotional connection to it
I just start and keep going until it feels complete.
Many of these conversations with my mind have been difficult.
I want the art to talk for itself really.”
MUST BE A SIGN | OLLIE COOPER
Show: 25 August – 5 September 2021
Open Evening: Friday 26th 7-10pm (bar on site)
Open: Thursday to Sudnay 10am-5pm
‘Must Be A Sign’ is the sign you’ve been waiting for – we all need to live a little bit more sustainably. Taking time to rethink my approach to art over lockdown, Ollie discovered a new passion: turning the discarded into the desirable.
“Using wood and other materials abandoned by a throwaway culture, ‘Must Be A Sign’ combines my love of hand lettering and traditional signwriting to create salvaged treasures. This collection uses all custom lettering designed over the 2020-2021 lockdown.
I hope these pieces bring a new lease of life to a forever home and serve as a reminder that we can all do a little more to consider our wastefulness.”
Ollie Cooper is a lettering artist based in South London who specialises in branding, signwriting and murals. His work is hand crafted, bold and playful, providing commentary on subjects such as language, social and environmental issues.y
CURIOSITY OF MOVEMENT | KRISTA GURCKA
Show: 9-12 September
Open Evening: Friday 10th 7-10pm
Open: Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm
A photography exhibition show documenting the Greek island Crete and looking at how travel and tourism has impacted the surrounding area and its landscapes.
The never ending change of landscapes is what draws Krista to travel, documenting its shift and impact on our communities while photographing the every day surrounding areas.
This curiosity of movement has lead to an array of projects, that explore the human interaction with the natural while bringing in a new perspective of the environmental issues that may arise.
Krista’s dynamic vision aims to highlight the strength and beauty of the land while displaying the negative and positive effect of the societies interactions upon the natural.
Krista Gurcka (b. 1996, Vergale, Latvia) is a London based visual photographer, whose work explores culture, landscape, environmental sustainability and community. Krista received a BA (Hons) in Photography graduating from Kingston School of Art, London, UK in (2018).
@belles.studio | krista-gurcka.com
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