Image by Pippa Toole.
There were a host of specially curated graduate design exhibitions in London last week – including work by my old gaff, the University of Brighton. The intriguingly titled Now What took place in trendy Netil House at the north end of Broadway Market, a spacious venue that allowed the graduates to spread out and make imaginative use of the space. Although poor lighting made it hard to take decent photos of some of the work I found plenty of student talent to admire: first up the graduating illustrators, many of whom played extensively with the medium: working in 3D, photography and set design.
Lucy Kirk describes herself as an illustrator, model maker and farmer’s daughter, and her Farm Sale display featured a delightful combination of energetic line drawings and ceramic models of farm workers and their beasts at work and play.
Beautiful painterly illustrations and interesting mark making from Scarlett Wilson.
I loved Pippa Toole‘s gothic work, inspired by gang culture and slogans on bikes and leather jackets: all tattoos, posturing and meaty limbs.
Jonathan Andrew Taylor had created strange little characters and also has a website called theinternetmakesmetired.com – which features a shaking distressed man crumpled on the floor. I know how he feels at times.
Joanna Rutter mixed print with textile design in her beautifully laid out display.
Emily Frances Barrett created strange worlds teetering and tilting with wooden Ewok style walkways and platforms bearing exotic plants. I’d like to tell you more about the thought processes behind her models but the website on her business card doesn’t work. Doh.
Inspired by octopi, Alex Wells had created a stunning decorative typeface.
Jack Felgate‘s work was titled A General Dissatisfaction with the World and featured an assortment of intriguing subjects painted in photo-realistic style on wood (a nuclear bomb, a penis shaped cacti).
Black lino cut prints by Kotryna Abromaityte were inspired by folk tales from around the world – most notably a sadistic Lithuanian tale.
Strange watery people from Amy Eyelyn Hughes. Nebuchadnezzar: ‘sniggering at a banana or a peculiar shaped tree stump.’
Zoe Landry screenprinted on cardboard for Houses to Build. I was also intrigued by The Endless Forest, a small installation consisting of wool, wire and mirrors.
I really like the way that Elisa MacDougall draws people in loose ink brushes: strange that her website too (like theinternetmakesmetired.com) features a cowed person on the floor. What does it all mean?
Bag Head, Red Face, Cracked Milk, by Tom Matthews.
For sale: an assortment of brilliant artworks. I really wanted to buy that ace Beyonce poster but I had no money on me. Next up: a review of the graphic designers, also on show at Now What. You can read my reviews of last year’s University of Brighton illustration show here and here.
- Now What: University of Brighton Graphic Design Ba Hons Graduate Show 2012 Review
- New Designers 2011 Part One: Contemporary Craft Graduate Show Review
- Studio 350 – University of Brighton Graphic Design & Illustration Graduate Show 2015
- University of Brighton Illustration Graduate Show 2011 Review: the 80s
- Middlesex University: Ba Hons Fashion Design, Styling and Promotion Graduate Show 2011 Review