'Living Beings' at Newave Gallery!

It's been a busy old month and I've fallen a little behind with not only whats coming up but whats already passed! And with the Grays Degree show in its final few days it seems poinant to highlight some of the work that Newave Gallery are doing in providing a platform to emerging talent. Also the fact they dont hang about either as they will be onto a new exhibition tomorrow with the opening of 'Snowblind Eyes' by Catherine Ross, not to mention I totally missed the 'Electrees' show which featured work by Tomasz Wrobel and Tansy Lee Moir, suffice to say it looked good!

'Living Beings' took place just over a month back and featured some interesting work by Elina Partheniou. Elina trains her eye on the micro organic, tiny cell structures blown up to a fathomable scale which seem familiar and yet relate to a world we only see glimpses of in news reports and films. Unless you work in a lab with microscopes in which case you might be well over it. Each piece is unique and doesn't seem to follow any set pattern as you might expect but instead shows a range of cell types, each one rendered with a unique quality by the artists hand. Layers are used with some areas of paper cut away to reveal strange forms, a nucleus or some protein particle, each playing their role withine the constuct of the cell and the drawings.

It was tricky to capture the incredible detail in each piece but you can get an idea of the time and effort thats gone into each piece from the photos below. With Smart Gallery recently announcing they will closing their permanent gallery space to focus on other ventures its important to support a new gallery like Newave who will be providing a very visible gallery space which so far has hosted a wealth of new graduate talents! Be sure to check out the exhibition opening tomorrow and also across the road at Peacocks who will be unveiling 'Feast Your Eyes' by Real Nice Co!


'In The Future' by Mike Hughes!

With the Degree show just around the corner it seems like all eyes are on the Art School and the new batch of graduates but in recent months there's be a slew of shows by the Graduates in Residence. The programme is aimed at helping a few lucky graduates keep up their artistic practice by providing them access to studios and the facilities at Grays. This might not sound like much but not having to worry about covering rent for a studio or working in your bedroom is a huge bonus, especially with a lack of affordable studios in Aberdeen!

I recently covered the 'Inbetween Outcomes' group show which saw work from Print Making & Sculpture graduates but just a few months back saw Painting Graduate in Residence Mike Hughes unveil a new body of work titled 'In The Future'. Mike has been a regular featured artist on the blog since his degree show in 2012 and has been incredibly busy with his Real Nice Co activities including the current 'Feast Your Eyes' event which you can watch as it happens via uStream here. 'In The Future' saw Mike explore his fine art painting with the use of abstract shapes and bright and bold colours which really made the work pop! Thankfuly Fresh Lab Visuals were on hand to document the show and produced a cool edit which you can spy below. Along with the video you can also read an indepth interview over on the Fresh Lab Visual site so have a peep and find out a bit more about Mike. 

I'm looking forward to see how 'Feast Your Eyes' comes out and might just pop down for a look this weekend and of course the Grays School of Art Degree Show 2015 opens on the 19th June so ill be wandering around that and will hopefuly be seeing some amazing work!

'In Between Outcomes' Grays Graduates in Residence 2015!

The Graduates in Residence show popped up and just as quickly disappeared a few weeks back but I managed to get some quick shots while the artists were finishing off the install. The Graduates in Residence programme is a great opportunity for alumni students to continue developing their work post degree show and is a highly coveted prize. This years group is made up by award winning sculptur Ben Martin, one of my personal favourites Caitlin Hynes, print maker princess of darkness Sophie Will and multidisciplinary artists Daniel Massie

Each resident stands out through the strength of their work and the distinctive traits of their practice. I think many students must struggle to really develop their own style within their chosen field and these 4 are exemplery with strong visual qualities from Caitlins dinstinctive characters and colour pallete to Daniel's jarring video loops (does anyone else get goose bumps from Goodbye Horses?). Sophie's Solar Eclipse specs are like a long lost sought after piece of vintage ephemera and Ben's intricate lines to me form less of a spiders web and hold more of an architectural presence, inhabiting space in very intresting and unusual manner.

With the Grays Degree show looming the art school will be going into over drive as studios are broken down and walls are painted and the Graduates will have finally to face life post art school, a daunting prospect if your planning to stay in Aberdeen as a lack of affordable studio space can inhibit ones a bility to develop new work but with each year I see step change, a bit more resilliance to stay and make Aberdeen work and with some plans afoot for new artist led studio spaces now might just be the best time to be leaving Grays. 

Well done to the Graduates in Residence for an enjoyable show, hopefuly you can get a taste of it in the video and stills below and keep an eye on Caitlin who will be showing more new work at her Graduate Award show at Smart Gallery in June!