Platform is an annual award designed to nurture new artistic talent by selecting and exhibiting work from art school graduates from the south east of England, providing support through the critical period between graduation and life as a professional artist.
The three artists will present their work in a series of consecutive solo exhibitions hosted in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space:
Laura Nicholson, University of Reading, 19 July – 6 August 2017
Nathan Caldecott, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, 9 – 27 August 2017
Freddie Davies, Oxford Brookes University, 30 August – 17 September 2017
Platform was devised in 2012 in collaboration with the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN) and is a partnership between five galleries; Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Modern Art Oxford. Each organisation selects graduates from their local universities to participate in the exhibitions and award programme.
Laura Nicholson’s CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED is a multimedia installation and durational performance reflecting on the identity, voyeurism, neurosis and commercial validation of “the artist” and the value of art. The work will be created over the course of the exhibition and will include daily live-streamed performances.
Nathan Caldecott’s work in sculpture and digital media references the functions of digital models as they are used in contemporary architecture, and pries them apart, creating a redirected form of minimalist sculpture that uses objects of physical value to intercept and question their visual systems.
Freddie Davies’ painted nocturnes take the night to be a period of fleeting isolation and reflection and take refuge there. Using the Japanese craft of creating delicate earthen spheres from soil and his investigations into oriental rock philosophy, he aims to leave no stone unturned on his journey for introspection.