Platform 2013 shortlist announced
22.10.2013 : Hannah Evans
Announcement of Platform 2013 shortlist of artists
Eight arts graduates have been shortlisted for the Platform 2013 Award which includes a £2,500 bursary and a 12-month bespoke programme of professional development.
The two graduates from the Modern Art Oxford exhibition are Dom Callaghan (Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University) and Louise Fitzgerald (Reading University).
Dom Callaghan’s You are necessary here includes paintings, hand-made furniture and clothing. His works are characterised by their vibrant palette, the traditional and humble materials from which they are constructed, and by a keen exploration of pattern - the way it can attract the gaze without allowing the eye to fix on one particular point. He is also intrigued by its ambiguity: that it is devoid of practical function and yet we use it abundantly; it may seem to be insignificant and yet it is ever-present.
Louise Fitzgerald’s work uses performance as a method through which to reflect on contemporary identity. Untitled (The Studio) explores the potential of staged images and performative video to expose stereotypes. Set within the colourful mis-en-scène of an artificial studio, the piece shows a group of young amateur actors who portray contemporary identities and anxieties with regards to their future. Utilizing her own identity, Fitzgerald also places herself at the centre of the work, performing a first-person monologue.
Created to support new artistic talent in the South East region, Platform 2013, is a partnership between four galleries: Aspex Gallery, MK Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary devised in collaboration with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN). Each organisation selected graduates from their local area to participate in this series of exhibitions.
The Modern Art Oxford exhibition featured the work of six graduate artists from Oxford Brookes University, The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University and Reading University.
The winner will be announced on 7 November at a special event at Turner Contemporary and will be selected by a panel including Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex Gallery, Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford, Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary and Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery. They will be joined on the panel by multi-media artist Adam Chodzko.
To find out more about the other shortlisted artists from around the region follow this link to Platform 2013 Graduate Showcase page on Frame and Reference