Falmouth Fine Art Alumnus Ed Burkes selected for BEERS London Contemporary Visions

Ed Burkes, A headlight looks into the dark, but shimmers and tells you it's cool, 127x127 cm oil on canvas

Ed Burkes, A headlight looks into the dark, but shimmers and tells you it’s cool, 127×127 cm oil on canvas

2016 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Ed Burkes, has been selected for BEERS London Contemporary Visions.

Burkes was on of eleven artists selected from an open call of over 4000 applicants, by a panel that included Philly Adams, Senior Director of the Saatchi Gallery, and Kurt Beers, Director of BEERS London and author of 100 Painters of Tomorrow.

This is the seventh year of BEERS London, a group exhibition that has sought to identify current trends in contemporary art. The artists selected for this year’s show are described as ‘posess[ing] a strong point of view as well as an artistic practice that shows distinct promise’. Burkes himself is described by the exhibition organisers as ‘one of the UK’s most sought-after young artists.

Burkes says, ‘My work is sparked from a commonplace drawing or situation: A friend drinking coffee, a buddy pulling up his socks, a pretty girl in the fruit and veg section of Tesco express. Through the process of painting these preliminary considerations begin to wobble out of sync to a point where their distinctiveness as a primary source slips away. This Introduces the opportunity for the work to embody its own honesty where identity stands as a framework to the painting, unfixed in its dwelling as the viewers’ considerations take hold’.

His work is also currently on display at Mall Galleries, London, as a part of FBA Futures 2017 (until 20 January) and was shown at The Other Art Fair, London, as a part of the Saatchi Invest in Art programme. Burkes was also shortlisted for the 2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and was the recipient of the Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize 2016.

Ed Burkes in his studio

Ed Burkes in his studio

BEERS Contemporary Visions previews on Thursday 19 January, open 20 January – 4 March, at 1 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU

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Spotlight on Falmouth Fine Art Graduate Michael Cox

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Somerset based artist and Falmouth BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Michael Cox will soon be exhibiting ‘New Works‘ at Art Represent, London, E2 0JD.  Opening from 28 October until 1 November Michael will be collaborating with another graduate artist, James Briggs.

During Michael’s third year at Falmouth, he was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016.  As part of the touring exhibition Michael’s work has already been exhibited at the launch exhibition at Bluecoat, Liverpool, forming part of the Liverpool Biennial.

Following the success at Liverpool, Bloomberg New Contemporaries featuring Michael’s piece ‘De Beauvoir, 2015‘ will move on to London, exhibiting at the ICA from 23 November 2016 until 22 January 2017.

Michael has previously exhibited in London, most recently as part of a curated show selected by critic and curator Sacha Craddock and Falmouth Associate Lecturer Jesse Leroy Smith.  Selected artists were chosen from the BA(Hons) Fine Art final year student cohort and the exhibition took place at the Underdog Gallery, London in July 2016.

Falmouth Fine Art London 2016

Falmouth Fine Art London 2016

Michael’s work has also been featured recently as part of a 2016 graduate piece for the ‘It’s Nice That‘ platform, which also featured him six months before he completed his studies at Falmouth (Here).  Michael discusses his Somerset countryside childhood and the influences this has had on his urban style of painting, the highlights of studying the BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Falmouth University and his future plans.

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Fine Art student Michael Cox selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016

Michael Cox, a third year BA(Hons) Fine Art student has been announced as one of the 46 artists chosen for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, an annual open submission exhibition.

Michael has submitted an oil on canvas painting titled De Beauvoir which can be viewed by following this link to the New Contemporaries website: Michael Cox

The panel of guest selectors this year comprised Anya Gallaccio, Alan Kane and Haroon Mirza.  Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries says “The panel this year were impressed by the breadth of work and critical sense demonstrated, with the resulting exhibition set to profile a cross-section of the most dynamic work to come out of British art schools.”

The national touring exhibition will launch from 09 July to 16 October 2016 at Bluecoat, Liverpool.

‘A Game of Consequences’ Opening Event Invitation for Friday 4 September 2015

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This exhibition is a culmination of an eight month long project including twenty artists. It is inspired by the surrealist game ‘Exquisite Corpse’ and the parlour game ‘Consequences’ and has culminated in an exhibition opening on 5th September with an ‘unveiling’ event on 4th September from 6pm – 8pm (all are welcome) at The Engine Room, Exchange Gallery, Penzance.

The list of artists includes several recent Falmouth alumni – Stacey Guthrie, Christina Romero Cross, Meg O Doherty, Frances Walsh and Camilla Stacey.

Guthrie, who was recipient of the British Women Artist Prize in 2013 said, ‘It quickly became apparent that the ‘game’ was providing a snapshot of what it is to be an artist at this time. Issues of etiquette, authorship and collective ownership of creative outcomes all came to the fore as artists had no guarantee that their work would survive or remain visible. The project was also entirely self-funded (with generous in-kind support from Newlyn & The Exchange) and relied on the resourcefulness of the collaborating artists to reach its conclusion. I’m very excited to see the response of the artists as the final piece is unveiled”.

As well as the unveiling of the final piece of work the exhibition will trace the journey of the canvas and the artists as they have tested what collaboration means to them individually. Through artist writings as they worked on the canvas, to work made in direct response to the experience of experimental collaboration, the exhibition includes sculpture, textiles, print, painting, montage, installation, video, artist books and sound installation.

To accompany the exhibition artist and film maker Rachel Cornish will present a screening and discussion of her collaborative film ‘Exquisite Corpse’ on 12th September at 2pm at Exchange Gallery. Details of the project, the artists and associated events can be found at www.agameofconsequences.co.uk.

 

 

Moving/Image: group exhibition of new and recent video work

Four Cornwall-based artists – Stacey Guthrie, Fiona Léus-Lambert, Christina Romero Cross and Frances Walsh – are showing new and recent work in a group show at CMR Gallery, Redruth, open from Sunday 26 April to 03 May, 12.00-17.00 daily.

The show, entitled Moving/Image, is a selection of new and recent work that utilises video, sculpture and installation.

Three of the artists – Stacey Guthrie, Christina Romero Cross and Frances Walsh – are alumni of Falmouth University, where they studied Fine Art. Stacey Guthrie’s work has recently been shown at Newlyn Art Gallery as part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show. Fiona Léus Lambert is an established artist, based in Porthleven, who has shown widely in Germany and the UK. Both she and Frances Walsh have been members of artist-led CMR Gallery for several years.

A grant from Arts Council England for new video work has supported the exhibition.

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The work of Christina Romero Cross engages with the miniature and the interior. Romero Cross has described how she is ‘endlessly fascinated by secret chambers and unexpected views of the otherwise hidden, like a glimpse through imperfectly closed curtains to the interior of a life unknown’.

The interactive video installation being shown by Stacey Guthrie is a new piece that explores the cumulative effect of menial work over time. Employing her signature style, Guthrie takes a humorous and darkly surreal look at what happens to one woman when she is literally consumed by laundry.

Frances Walsh will be showing a new piece of work that further extends her recent series of projected, looped and closely observational video recordings – in this case, a quiet study of a child’s attempts to build and light a fire.

A graduate from Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with the title of ‘Meisterschule’, Fiona Léus Lambert formerly worked intensely with Super 8 and 16mm film, editing ‘in-camera’. More recently she has used video and other digital mediums and editing methods. Although ideally her films should be seen in a cinema situation, some, like the new piece in CMR, are conceived as installations. ‘Loss’ is personal piece, but also references classical forms in art.

CMR member and artist Frances Walsh explains “It can sometimes seem that there are perhaps fewer opportunities to show video or installation-based art work, compared to painting or sculpture. But the spaces at CMR Gallery lend themselves to this type of work. With the Moving/Image show, I sought to bring together the work of four female artists that explored different approaches to producing and using the moving image: we are all primarily using digital video projections within installation environments, but the working methods, themes and intentions behind our work are very different. The environment at CMR has allowed each participating artist to have their own dedicated space to show recent and in some cases new work, to new audiences. We hope as many people as possible will come and have a look.”

 

 

Falmouth alumni at Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange

Staff and students are enjoying Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange. The exhibition includes work by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools, chosen from nearly 1400 submissions, and selected by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga. The exhibition has already shown at the ICA in London and the World Museum Liverpool.

Among the artists exhibiting are Falmouth alumni Ed Hill, Stacey Guthrie, Melissa Kime and Frances Williams, who is now a Time Based Media Technician in the Falmouth School of Art.

The exhibition runs until 30 May at The Exchange, and 13 June at Newlyn Art Gallery.

Also exhibiting until 18 April at The Engine Room at The Exchange is another Falmouth alumna, Lucy Apple. Lucy completed her Foundation at The Falmouth School of Art in 2002, and her BA(Hons) Fine Art in 2005, before studying her MFA Painting at The Slade in London.

Ed Hill on his Spike Island Residency

2014 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate Ed Hill was awarded the Spike Island Residency, following his studies. Here he shares with current students of the course his reflections on the experience…

Working at Spike Island for three months allowed me to continue the momentum of working post graduation. In my case, this meant painting.

Ed Hill's Spike Island studio space

Ed Hill’s Spike Island studio space

The Residency studio was big and situated among other artists’ studios. After moving timber, paint, canvas and stretchers into my space, I shared the studio with three other recent graduates. With 24/7 access, you are free to come and go anytime, day or night. I enjoyed the access to a wood workshop – where I made stretchers, (there is also a metal workshop and plenty of room for larger scale projects).

The atmosphere was very professional, and it was a realistic and beneficial experience of a totally independent way of working outside of art school. I made paintings for a show, and without the studio, facilities and space it would have been much more challenging to do so.

'At the beach (after Mr and Mrs Andrews)' 100x100cm, oil on canvas

‘At the beach (after Mr and Mrs Andrews)’ 100x100cm, oil on canvas

If you are hoping to carry on working on art projects after graduating, and if you are serious about being artist, the residency is something to aim for – it will provide space, facilities and an opportunity to continue momentum in an art environment at a time when it is increasingly hard to do so. I recommend applying for the residency.

Edward Hill, Standing on a Rock

Edward Hill, Standing on a Rock

Ed Hill was one of four Falmouth alumni selected for the 2014 Bloomberg New Contemporaries which, having toured to Liverpool and London, will be on display at Newlyn and the Exchange Galleries from 21 March – 30 May 2015. You can see Ed’s work as part of that exhibition. Ed was also the recipient of The Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize 2014 for his Bloomberg-selected piece Standing on a Rock.