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Preview of Oxford Brookes University Fine Art show
All 42 students whose work will be on show at the Headington Hill campus of Oxford Brookes University between May 12 and 19 are worthy of mention. I recommend you visit the exhibition website to access their names and examples of their work and I’ll try to capture its diversity. This free show is open to the public — with artist tours — and I urge you to go. It uses the entire Richard Hamilton building and the theatre and spills outside too. If you prefer traditional art, please visit with an open mind and talk with the students.
Art department head Alison Honour, says: “This year’s graduating fine art students have confirmed their determination to succeed not only through the evident ambition and assiduous commitment for their degree show but also their preparation to endure external conditions.”
I echo that. Not only do most of these students work to maintain themselves while their fees debt accumulates but every piece of material in this show was bought by the students. Their imagination transforms a huge variety of materials. As you approach the building, the landscape art is part of Jo Acty’s Edgelands. Her greenhouse makes you see weeds in a new light. There are printmakers, video artists and photographers and artists like Tasha Lean who uses multi media. Her cleverly named sculpture, Reflected City, will be suspended from the ceiling and includes the use of mirrors. Emma Curd uses stuff we reject. She has even managed to transform a piece of chewing gum into a thing of beauty. Similarly, Ruth Simons has created inspiring sculptures using cable ties and Holly Kimberly Cooper explores the cosmos using copper piping.
It’s good to see mathematics inspiring art — it certainly inspired Leonardo. Jack Eden’s sculpture Icarus’s Polygons contrasts the perfect maths with the imperfections of the material world — in this case in concrete. Sarah Edwards’s model archway is photographed to reveal how our perceptions of reality change according to our point of view. If you want startling colour then you’ll enjoy Dar Al Naim Mubarak Carmona’s patiently painted patterns.
There is a sound installation by Mary Haynes and embroideries of the universe, delicate cut paper portraits and computer cities. I particularly enjoyed India Hunt’s organic sculptures using branches and plaster. Would–be art therapist, Tazeem Majid’s sculptural work is inspired by the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. There is much more — so do go and see for yourself.
May 12-19. Mon to Wed 10-6pm/Tues, Thurs and Fri 10-8pm/Sat and Sun 10-4pm. www.brookesdegreeshow.com