I went to COFA Annual Exhibition 2013, Honours: Art & Media / Final Year: Design at the very nice and new gallery space, Galleries UNSW, Cnr Oxford Street and Greens Rd, Paddington.
It is always interesting to see new experimental work, what is new and happening. The use of new and incongruous materials and work that is outside the commercial gallery context. I especially enjoyed the final year design work, looking at different practices and approaches to the design industry.
Honours Art & Media
Louise Zhang, ‘Seductive Monsters: (De)forming The Blob’, 2103, birch wood, oil paint, enamel paint, resin, expanding foam, plaster, plastic, gap filler, silicone
Mia Middleton, ‘Homecoming’, 2013, looped video projection, ‘Someplace’, 2013, series of inkjet prints on Ilford Rice paper, ‘At Sea’ 2013, video
Julie Brockbank, ‘Fold’, 2013, parchment paper and artificial light, ‘Hush’, 2013, aerated concrete, artificial light
Tamara Muzikants, ‘Twirly Tales’, 2013, synthetic fur, vintage fur, perspex, concrete, thread, wood, resin, bricks, metal. crystal, glass, rocks
Alice Couttoupes, ‘Eponymic Emperialisms, photos, ink on velin cotton rag, and ceramics, ‘Coastal banksia’, 2013, porcelain
View of room with several Installations
Final Year: Design
Emily Yeung, ‘8 Storeys’. Fashion work and video dealing with the supply and demand pressures of the fashion industry. The work has been directly informed by the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh.
Louise Knyvett, ‘Blanchard Re-appropriated’. The work deals with the shift in the consumer market from excessive mass production to environmental awareness and responsibility. The concept of ‘up-cycling’, an analysis of the private practice of the London furniture designer Robert Blanchard. Applying a life cycle assessment by measuring the environmental, economic and social value of his process.
Samuel Kirby, ‘Red still life set’, ‘Pink flat and curve’ and ‘Green cube set’, acrylic on wood
Final Year, Bachelor Visual Arts, F Block
Bernadette Comenzuli, ‘Trapped’, mixed media, ‘No man is an island’, bronze, ‘After the trees’, acrylic on perspex
Jason Farrow, sandstone sculpture
Jennifer Holman, ‘Stones’, digital print on silk
Groovy plant holders at the campus quadrangle
Installation in the quadrangle, with a good bit of student politics
And a further bit of politics on the inside of the lift doors, F Block, COFA