Issue date: 12 May 2004

ISSUE DATE: 12/05/04

Students from the Foundation Year at the University of the West of England will display work at a special exhibition at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design from 14 to 18 May. The summer show celebrates the culmination of the work by Foundation students who are encouraged to use the year to try out a range of media and techniques with the aim of selecting a specialist area to study at Degree level.

Dean of the Faculty, Professor Paul Gough, said, “The Foundation Year is a crucial time for emerging artists, designers and media practitioners. Our students have been able to enjoy state of the art resources and have been taught by an excellent teaching staff to develop their potential. As always, this show will be lively, irreverent and very accomplished.”

Work on display will be varied and exiting and includes painting, sculpture, fashion and textiles, illustration, graphic design, sound, video and multimedia.

Joseph Long will display a sculpture based project which draws influence from Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Joseph said, “My exhibition pieces will include three models of buildings and two large paintings. Earlier this year I designed an island which is something a lot of architects and designers are interested in doing at the moment. The buildings on display have grown out of this earlier project. The buildings are quite unique and unlike anything else. I have concentrated on shape and form using glass and copper. All my work is random and stems entirely from my imagination. Paintings often form the starting point. I have decided that I will probably specialise in painting.”

Jason Budd is showing a series of installations. One will be a slide show of balloons released from Brandon Hill in Bristol with messages asking the finder to send the attached letters, which contain only Jason’s name, to Jay Jopling at the White Cube gallery. Another is a video recording of a performance piece influenced by the artist Joseph Beuys, where Jason will wrap himself in grey felt and peel potatoes. “I am interested in the bridges and the gaps between art and life, of context, of atrophy and city dwelling. Beuys believed that even everyday acts like food preparation could be art, eating being a fundamental and basic sculptural process, he set the idea of aesthetics directly in the context of human existence. Also the use of humour in the piece could be seen as to function in a way similar to that of Bruce Nauman’s work.

Lydia Jones’ sculptures of people’s deformed bodies and faces are made out of bananas, apples, cauliflower or potatoes and then photographed and blown up to a much larger scale. They explore the idea of things that are left over or disregarded and the photographs record the natural deterioration and colours of the fruit and vegetables as they rot. Lydia says, “All year I have been manipulating found images. I started by looking at stains or paint splodges found in the art studio that are just the by-product of art and became fascinated by things that are discarded. In this exhibition I’m playing around with this idea of making people look twice at something. By photographing the sculptures close up and making them much larger I want people to look twice and to see things they wouldn’t normally look at.” Lydia says she uses the freezer in between taking the pictures to maintain the same of the sculptures. Lydia comes from Brislington in Bristol.


Editor’s notes

Visuals of Joseph Long’s work available upon request.

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