A hallucinogenic evocation of a disco ball performed to camera by a woman with mirror tiles stuck to her face. A solid paint cast of the Venus De Milo on a palette. Animated collaged piles of abstract corpulent flesh passing through a meat grinder to the jaunty beat of Super Mario. There are sustained painterly explorations of material limits, photographic reproduction, systems of semiosis, and dystopian cityscapes dissolving into a blurry puddle of graffiti. A slew of taxidermied mice baubles went up at Christmas, but came down with the tree.
The studio set out to explore and celebrate the intense subjectivity and skewed focus of the artist’s eye as a transformative agent. Galloping through a study of practices that range in their affect from the political to the wilfully dumb, we’ve identified as a studio what it is that artists offer in the way of a revelatory experience to their audiences in the competitive babble of contemporary cultural life.
Beginning with an exploration of the blurred formal boundaries between drawing, painting and sculptural practices, the faulty mechanics by which objects are accorded cultural and historical value were considered. Simultaneously, the alluring gaudy trash of ‘low’ culture exerts a strong pull for students working at the edges of taste and respectability, treading the line between complicity and critique. The work emerging considers the charged potential of manipulating these tropes in film, installation, performance and photography.
MONIKA BANCYR DE ANGELI
JACOPO DAL BELLO
DIDAR UDDIN AHMED