Farewell to Lauren McLaughlin

 

Lauren installing work at Creative Exchange

Installation view Lauren installing work at Creative Exchange

 

Well its that time of year again as we say our fond farewells to our previous AIRetc and welcome in the new. Our heartfelt thanks go out Lauren McLaughlin who we would like to thank for her wonderful contribution to the course over the course of the 5 months she was with us. Lauren’s contribution to crits and discussions was invaluable as were her talks to countless students. The fantastic collage workshops she led had a significant and lasting impact on the group she worked with and her exhibition at Creative Exchange was excellent!

Thank you Lauren! We all wish you the very best for the future!

 

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Site-Seeing Exhibition

A few images from ‘Site-Seeing’ which opened at Edinburgh Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street on Friday. The exhibition runs Mon-Sat 7am-7pm until 28th June, so still plenty time to go see it if you missed the opening.

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Call for Applications 2014-15 AIRetc…

The Art Team at Edinburgh College Granton are delighted to announce our call for applications for our 2014-15 Artist in Residence (AIRetc) programme.

We are looking for 2 visual artists to contribute to one of the countries most successful and dynamic Art Department.

Now in its 4th year the Artist in Residence programme (AIRetc…) is an innovative scheme which provides recently graduated / professional artist who have previously studied one of our Art courses at Edinburgh College Granton (formerly Edinburgh’s Telford College) with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in Art education while developing their creative practice in a dedicated studio space.

If you would like to be considered for the residencies please download the information below and the application form.

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PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE LOOKING FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:

SEPT 2014 – JANUARY 2015 AND FEBRUARY 2015 – JUNE 2015 INCLUSIVE

PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF 26TH JUNE 2014 IS FOR BOTH RESIDENCY PERIODS

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The site, the self and the studio.

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‘Dwelling-voyage implies a series of interactions…. At home, one may indeed travel. Home itself is made up of layers and passages that are voyages of habitation. It is not a static notion but a site of transito. More than simply a point of departure and return, it is a site of continual transformation.’

(Giuliana Bruno, Atlas of Emotion, Verso 2002 p103)

I’m at that lovely point in my work where my ideas, and the things I have been making over the past few months are finally beginning to make sense in relation to one another.

The small plasticine sculptures which were made at home just before the residency began, in an organic and intuitive process, have evolved over the past months and become part of a larger installation. I have been thinking a lot about the relationships between soft, feminine forms, and geometric man made structures and how this duality correlates with the concepts of home and voyage. Both aspects of the work; the train tracks and the plasticine sculptures have become static. I wanted to capture the sense of movement and activity within the work, by allowing the viewer to go on a visual journey; to be pulled into the imagery and the activity which created it.

More updates of work in progress to follow soon!

 

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Collage Crits!

So to mark the end of our collage workshops we spent the afternoon looking at all the work each student produced for the brief I set last week. As I had hoped, there was an excellent variety of outcomes and each person had incorporated a different technique in response to the three original images, resulting in some really strong collages from everyone involved! It was great to see how the project has influenced their own projects and practice, with a couple of students incorporating collage into their final pieces.

It was a really great experience running this workshop and I was really pleased to see so much enthusiasm from everyone who got involved, and to see how the discussions we had around contemporary collage filtered into their work.

The Brief: Create an original collage/series of collages from these three images. You can manipulate the images in any way you like and use hand cut and paste and/or digital techniques.

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As well as creating a collage from the images provided in the brief, Ray also incorporated collage techniques into his own project, inspired by Abstract Expressionism, he deconstructed his own paintings to create interesting new compositions.

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Rebecca Bisset:

Rebecca incorporated images from google, searching for the things which first popped into her mind to create a surreal composition using the space around her images to create the feeling of floating through air.

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Restricting herself to black and white photocopies, Andrea chose to obscure and distort the original images with the application of white paint, giving a sense of erosion or decay. She plans to incorporate some of these techniques and ideas with her own photographs for her next project.

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Calvin used digital manipulation on photoshop to experiment with the original images. He went on to create a number of digital works incorporating images found online as well as the three for the brief. Interested in nature and the human form, he created a series of collages which had both aspects of the surreal, the real and the computer generated.

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Rebecca Cairns:

Rebecca created a cut and paste collage on paper by selecting and duplicating a few elements from the three images and placing them together to create a new composition. Focusing on the lines and contours within the images, she used the negative space of the white paper as an important element of the work.

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Georgia Thornton:

Experimenting with both digital and manual techniques, Georgia created a number of works by manipulating the original materials. She experimented with digital distortion, changing the scale of the image, obscuring and pixelating elements of the image. She also cut out aspects of the three images to manually create a collage, then created another from the leftover parts of the image, repeating the process until she had used up every part of the three original images.

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Christian Robb:

Christian chose to work with the images digitally, focusing on the small area of text found in one of the original images, he manipulated this text to read as something entirely different which formed an important aspect of the work.

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Thanks again to all the students for their attendance and enthusiasm and you have all produced some really strong, interesting and exciting collages!

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Contemporary Collage Workshops

Last week I started a series of three collage workshops with a group of students from CAP 1 looking at different techniques and processes in contemporary collage. We started by looking at how it first appeared as an artform via a brief history of the medium throughout the 20th Century starting with Cubism through Futurism, Dada, Surrealism Pop Art and then looking at a selection of contemporary artists who work in collage.

We had a good discussion around the choice of source materials, how the selection of imagery and text from different sources can have an impact on the meaning of the work, and talked about the differences between creating collage from found images, compared with using your own photographs or artworks. We talked about collage being a process of the addition and or removal of information from the original source image, and looked at works which applied various techniques to create new narratives by removing, adding or merging visual information. We also talked about the recent rise in digital media, and questioned whether digital collage is perhaps a far more appropriate medium of our time.

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This week, we looked at some different ways in which artists have presented collage in an exhibition setting. Looking at things like size and scale of a work, situations both inside the gallery as well as outside. We thought about how the different ways of displaying a work can have an entirely different impact on the viewer, and can impact the meaning of the work itself. Each student chose an artist for us to look at and discuss and we managed to look at a great variety of different styles and techniques from Paolozzi’s abstract collages of the 1950’s to contemporary conceptual work of Serrah Russell, and Hollis Brown Thornton.

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It has been great to revisit and share some of my favourite collage artists with the students as well as discover some new artists and works I haven’t seen before. I’ve really enjoyed having interesting discussions about the use of collage in contemporary art practices, from the political to the surreal to the digital age, we have brought up some great points!

For next week, I chose three images and gave everyone a copy of each. I have asked them to create a collage for next week and am really looking forward to seeing everyone’s work!

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A few snaps from the studio

Hello, I have been a bit quiet of late so here’s a few images of recent developments from the studio, all work in progress and apologies for bad phone photos!

Next week is going to be a busy week  – I will be starting a four part collage workshop with a group of students from CAP, we have interviews lined up for next year’s enrollment, I’ll be talking as part of the creative industries employability day on 9th, as well as beginning work on two new large scale collages!

More info and photos next week…

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