JMU Third Year Fine Art Students Pre-Degree Show
Ken Ashton, Dave Barry, Claire Bates, Mike Costigan, Roz Hargreave,
Liz Hodgkinson, Peter Pimblett, Linda Pittwood
Egg Space Gallery, 16-18 Newington
1st - 19th February
This exhibition has come about to raise money for the 3rd Year Fine Art
students' degree show. There will be a Fine Art auction on the 13th-15th
March, Myrtle Street, Fine Arts Building.
The Egg Café successfully unifies this exhibition, as each piece
becomes an organic feature of the whole space. As soon as you enter your
eyes are drawn to a block of black gloss paint (Fallen - Dave Barry).
Next you notice smudges of matte paint randomly dotted around the outer
edge of the piece. Then it all starts to fit together and the outline
of a person becomes evident. The overall piece gives you the unsettling
feeling you are looking into a black mirror, into which you could easily
Liz Hodgkinson's Burned Series 1 displays an effective use of colour
and perception. Viewed from afar you are drawn to the colours; burnt oranges,
muddy blues, and erratic patches of cream. It is not until you move closer
that you see the different levels of the piece, and realise the canvas
has literally been burnt through… and looks as though it is burning
still… the piece is alive!
The power of colour is again effectively displayed through Roz Hargreaves'
No Place, in which she creates two impressions of one landscape, with
differing colour schemes. The first uses blue pen and ink to create a
stark, simple world frozen in blue. The second impression is drawn with
green ink, and flooded with red. The frozen preservation of the first
piece has now been polluted by the blood red, and the landscape has been
irrevocably changed. Continuing on this theme, Claire Bates’ Untitled
is an evocation on the death of beauty. The painting is awash with a blood
red paint that seeps into a flower in full bloom.
This exhibition is ambitious and effective in its intentions, and bodes
well for the students' futures as they enter into the professional art