Critic and curator Sacha Craddock selected from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Fine Art degree shows 20 artists to exhibit at Falmouth Fine Art London 2016 at Underdog Art Gallery, 1 – 3rd July 2016
Max Aspin Radford | Jamie Battersby | Ed Burkes | Ella Caie | Ed Carter | Finbar Conran | Michael Cox | Rob Davis | Joe Fenwick-Wilson | Kerry Foster | Freya Goodwin | Amy Jefferies | Zoë Pearce | Calum Rees-Gildea | Jess Russell | George Stone | Amelia Tinton | Tabitha Tohill Reid | Matthew Vaughan | Sandi Williams | Mara Zaice
The London show case exhibition, now in its fourth year, was a great success. The gallery was set in a vibrant part of the city, within walking distance of Tate Modern, Borough Market and White Cube in Bermondsey. It drew new audiences through a wide range of passers-by.
The work selected sat in a rather Gothic setting under an old railway arch, with dripping painted grey walls and a range of large sofas and chairs. This didn’t detract from the artwork, but provided a new narrative for the work to respond to. George Stone and Tabitha Tohill Reid’s work sat in a large bathroom area adjacent to the main exhibition room breathing life into an uncomfortable space. The artwork selected had a powerful presence in the space.
Artist Graham Gussin met the selected artists in the gallery space to lead a group critique. This was a valuable experience, enabling our recent graduates to participate in a challenging discussion about their work. The short but focused opportunity that the London showcase provides has been met with enthusiasm by all involved, including the staff team who thoroughly enjoy spending time in settings such as this with our most recent completing cohort of fine artists.