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Top Fine Art Graduate show in South London‏

Samuel Turpin, Baroque on Reality, 280 x 240 cm, mixed media on paper.

Exhibition preview

GX GALLERY gather together a selection of the finest talent from leading Art Colleges and Universities including Camberwell, Wimbledon, Chelsea and St Martins for its annual exhibition, and FLOCK 2014 will be on display from August 8 to August 28.

As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘there are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock’. However, in this instance, GX Gallery is in the privileged position to be behind and presenting a ‘Flock’ of emerging creative leaders.

All recent graduates are from Britain’s finest artistic establishments and on August 7 (opening reception) this highly diverse selection of artists are coming to showcase their talent, together, on one shared platform.

Included in the line-up of artists is Chelsea BA Fine Art graduate Noor Souddi. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi with a Libyan father and an Iranian mother, Souddi’s multicultural identity is central to her practice. Her diverse mixed media work centralises around Middle Eastern and Western identity and the veiled and unveiled female body. She said:

“Through the provocative game of concealing and revealing, my art focuses on exploring and investigating the relationship and line between the binary opposites of self-display versus self-concealment; female empowerment versus female oppression; veiling versus unveiling; and abstraction versus figuration. Rethinking the issues of gender, power and sexuality and disrupting the stereotypical images of women in contemporary society and the traditional female nude.”

Also among the selection of exhibiting artists is Camberwell College of Arts graduate, Polish born Monika Schodowska, who has directed her research towards former sites of the Cold War Era, social realist architecture and modernist estates. Through the use of powerful moving image, photography and installation, she has focused specifically on a variety of utopian forms, representations of power and forms of historical depiction. She said:

“I’m interested in how the past and memory is embedded in architectural framework and how it is redefined through the condition of a new space. The resulting new space offers a spatial and temporal extension into the past and future, into different existential structures of cultural forms. At the same time the reworked and redefined representation of history raises more questions leaving its subject unresolved, always in an on-going conflict. This conflict became a constant element in my work and has been a defining element of my methodology.”

Juxtaposing these powerful photographic creations and installations are Camberwell graduate Samuel Turpin’s painterly, energetic explosions. Chance happenings are created by the collision of a plethora of media and from this small detailed images become apparent. All the elements in Turpin’s paintings are then connected through lines and other various interactions, and furthermore by their placement on the vast surface. Turpin’s images stem from his reaction to the over-saturation of images within modern society. He said:

“I use a multi-disciplinary approach to image making to investigate my interest in different ways. My current focus has been on my drawing practice which has recently blended into the realm of painting; exploring mark-making, when line becomes splash becomes spill… A form of socio-cultural realism, the pictures resemble disrupted ethereal maps, hypothesising various temporally connected images, removed from their reproduced edifice to sit in a paradoxically truthful state as abstract drawings.”

In contrast to Turpin’s approach, graduate MacKenzie Gibson has created vast installations to represent juxtaposing opposites such as permanence and flexibility, form versus function, and conventional use of materials versus the unconventional use thereof. The main artistic concerns that surrounds Gibson’s practice focus on the physical immediacy between artist, material, and the labour of making. He said:

“I seek to highlight design within a fine art context, foregrounding human procession and contrasting potentiality versus the residue of human action. In doing so, I incorporate methodologies from architectural and design theory as well as experiment with a variety of materials, removing them from their typical contexts.”

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 6pm.

GX Gallery, 43 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8RS

Tel: +(0) 20 77038396