This Is Art | Winchester School of Art Students
Monday 17th June – Friday 26th July 2019
Kaidong Guo is a graduate student from China. He quotes photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson “I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us” to explain that photography is his self-expression allowing him to express his interpretation of our world.
Last year Kaidong came to the UK and saw a different culture and scenery from China. He hopes to use his works to show the similarities and differences between China and Britain, including the countryside, architecture, sculpture, children and so on. He has named this series of work we are the world and believes although we have many differences we can still be friends.
Elizabeth Hertig is a visual artist, focusing mainly on graphic arts, illustration, photography and graphic design. She is currently part of the Erasmus programme finishing her fine art degree in the UK. She feels that the artistic field of fine arts is wide and allows many disciplines, her idea is to combine analogue art with digital tools. Experiment with these tools and transmit the characteristics of the analogue and traditional into the digital era.
James Hewins is a multidisciplinary sculptor. He has created work relating to the themes of dystopian futures and technological intimacy. He is interested in materiality and surface textures, trying to create textural contrasts. He has tried to articulate objects that could appear in a dystopian landscape, with organic structures reminiscent of the human form and objects made from found objects as if they materialise from the wasteland. Basing the making of objects around the organic and the technological, trying to envision where our relationship with technology will lead to, having a biotech feel with the solid forms having a sense of bodily fluidity to the structure distorting the function of technology and biology.
Paul Hettich In this series of images the artist is inspired by a project from this semester in Graphic Arts about the influence of technology on us. He looked at how images we take for granted in our daily life are influencing our perception and are working as a kind of memory, because we have them stored and ordered. To show the surreal part of images he started to create deconstructed versions, these consist of information that is translated by the technology. We can still experience moments of the past and the feelings we had in that situation when we look at them. Where do we stand related to the images that we take? How are we interacting with them?
Tanvi Parab Her work is a constant visual exploration of looking for fantasy in reality. She creates landscapes with outlandish textures or visuals from different perspectives than usual. Exploring tactility in her work by constructing it using various materials and techniques like weaving and embroidering. In the process of creating textile art she has found inspiration from the history of art and crafts and interpreted them while expressing herself. The works are pictorial yet abstract; she expects viewers to find their story in her work. The style of paintings and designs is naive and folksy. The vibrations in the lines make the forms alive. The forms and texture in the body of work are vital. The use of non-saturated colours ties all these elements together.
The people, places and cultures around me with the combination of my mythical lines lets me weave my expressions.
Alvaro Salido believes he is like a hypothetical son of Andy Warhol and Robert Wiene. He is interested in Pop art Expressionism together. As a visual artist, writer and filmmaker he is obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Pop culture is his inspiration along with such things as the packaging of the newest microwave on the market.
Here he shows different prints, on paper and plastic, of the main references to contemporary art in the 20th century. The This is Art of western civilization where our history and artistic foundation come from, he believes even if we try to do something more contemporary they are omnipresent, like the faces that appear in the banknotes. He questions whether this is some kind of devotion or obsession we all share.
My favourite film, Paris Texas by Wim Wenders, my favourite colour is red. This is what defines my art and there is nothing else to say, like Andy Warhol would have said.