This morning I went to my second week of NA&DSC and we went on a trip to see the exhibitions at the Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University.
First we visited the Masters 2016 room and it was full of intriguing work. The highlights for me as a young artist interested in illustration were Chrissy Vale’s colourful comic characters which have a clean and simple style and Ashley Turner’s Onnen Design prints of animals and plants in pen, pencil, watercolour and gouache. I also liked Tim Gundry’s drone photography photos, which give an unusual view on ordinary buildings so that they look like they came out of a videogame.
Our group then headed to the University’s Peninsula Gallery which had an exhibit called Searching for Genius by Douglas Gordon. Most of the art was quite creepy, especially the photographs of people with the eyes and mouths burnt away. Upstairs there was another exhibit called Edge of Collapse which featured art by Clare Thornton, Victoria Walters (her page was unfortunately offline when I checked) and Jamie House, who was my film tutor for my art group last year. Victoria was there when we visited so she talked to us about the different pieces and explained how her sculpture was inspired by ground swells in the ocean. Clare’s work only used only a few different colours in clay and leather but they looked beautiful. My favourite piece of hers was made using jelly moulds! Jamie’s piece was made using an electrical drawing machine, and the result was a unique pattern scorched into paper.
We went back to the pre-degree centre where I met up with my mum and the two of us headed straight back out to more Weekender events, which I will cover in my next post as I have seen so much today I can’t fit it all in here!
If you haven’t read it yet, here is my post on Plymouth Art Weekender 2016 Day 1.