a wee peek….
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I thought it was about time I engaged in some light industrial espionage. The undergraduate students who work on the other side of the large sculpture court from us post grads in the centre of the Edinburgh College of Art are constantly required to put on short pop-up exhibitions as a way to punctuate their learning, a little like your assignment deadlines I suppose.
In Scotland, artists do a four year degree with no foundation course beforehand so when the second year students put up a display of their work I thought that they would probably be the most interesting for OCA students to see as a potential peer group. OCA is an open access college which is a vitally important and hugely valuable aspect to its work. It does mean that we have perhaps a much wider variety of learning journeys running alongside one another. When you look at your fellow students’ work, or that of students on full time courses, you need to bear in mind your own trajectory as it were.
Having said that, ECA has quite a number of mature students and people from different walks of life. At the end of year two they have had a go at all the different disciplines and have spent their first year in their specialism and as such they present an interesting case study for you.
I was particularly interested in Irina Cucu’s Creatura, (above). I like the fact that the person appears to be a man, drawn by a woman and that the classical reference is nicely subverted by this rather elegant role reversal.
Hannah Ustun’s ‘Passport Control’ portraits of rather similar looking young men were covered in a thick slab of resin. Again she seems able to let the materials do the talking and leave the viewer free to make associations. This idea could easily have been overworked but hasn’t been.
Here are a few more of my photographs of the students’ work. I apologise for the quality – I am still waiting for the camera fairy to leave me two grand’s worth of kit plus an idiot’s guide.