Central Saint Martins is well known for birthing highly esteemed artists and designers, such as Alexander McQueen, PJ Harvey, MIA, and Laure Provoust, to name a few. The CSM Degree Show One 2016 displayed an ambitious array of new artistic talent emerging today. With more than 200 artists showing, this year’s exhibition was rich in diversity. Here, we’ve picked the seven graduating artists to keep your eye on.
Angelina Jesson and Jaron Hill
This artistic duo’s practice spans film, sculpture, and performance. Reflecting upon the current cultural landscape, Jesson and Hill create powerful visual narratives exploring a re-imagined human existence. Their highly polished film installations often present dystopian worlds where the artists reside as two sub-human characters. Tip toeing between reality and fantasy, Jesson and Hill lead the viewers on a journey through an unfolding theatrical ecosystem that merges the everyday with the surreal. Their films have an infectious quality depicting scenes both mesmerizing and grotesque. Having previously exhibited work in London and Berlin they will be curating and exhibiting work at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in late July 2016.
Molly Gough’s practice concentrates on the artistic labour expected of the female artist. Her work encompasses hyper surreal apparatus, live and recorded performance, sexualised art writing and the act of maintaining a presence online. Gough believes herself and her works are amorphous, contributing to their own sexualisation as both artist and art object. Sculptures become the tools for performance and video work. The sculptures from her degree show work were the result of a performance, using exchanges on Chat Roulette as instructions for her sculpture making. During the summer Gough will be working on a new writing project called “Press and Release” which merges critical art writing with erotica. She will also be starting a long-term project in collaboration with men in the art and design world, whereby they become each other’s interns.
For Yi Zhang’s degree show she built a room with a moving floor that rippled as the viewers stepped onto it. Interested in harmonious relationships between self, space and others, Zhang’s work often relies on the presence of two people in order to be activated; the “feelers” and the “spectators”. Taking inspiration from the motion of planets in the solar system to how two people might interact in an enclosed space; impossible balances are her main concern. Her work will also be part of an exhibition in the cells of the Old Police Station in south London this week.
Taking on an instinctive method of working, Gribaudi’s practise explores the relationship between the act of making and the events of everyday life. Working with scraps of raw materials and recycling older work, she addresses the tensions of being both a sculptor and a woman. Gribaudi points towards notions of sensation through utilising the material properties of metal to cause varying effects of colour. Bold, fearless and yet also delicate, her work oozes deeply poetic narratives of lived human experience.
Gabrielle de la Puente
Born in Liverpool and a self proclaimed “art critic baby God” Gabrielle de la Puente’s practice expands across installation, video, writing, curating and co-directing of art criticism website The White Pube. Making work off the back of encounter and navigating how art is received across social classes, she considers conversations and exchanges to be the epicentre of her practice. Her work is humorous and light-hearted but weighted with a self-conscious philosophical contemplation. Her degree show piece comprised an installation and video essay telling the story of a childhood memory where the artist saw a cartoon bee outside of the window. She also performed a karaoke art rendition of the Beatles’ “Let it Be” entitled instead “Art Degree” with collaborator Zarina Muhammad. The White Pube also have a solo show opening at Small View in Liverpool on 9 July.
Steering his way around the screen Jean-Baptiste Lagadec paints as an act of resistance, stemming from an agitation with the digital. Before starting his final year, Lagadec spent 12 months working at a Screen Printers here his practice shifted from one predominantly operating on computers to one focusing more on the physical process of painting. His work provides a stratum of paint, where the viewer is lead through a vision of colour. Oversized brush marks across the wall act as a celebration of signature whilst resembling gestures perhaps created from tools on Photoshop. Upcoming projects for Lagadec include curating a show of post-digital painters, alongside making a publication and giving lectures on the topic of painting in the age of the screen and what the future will be for digital practices.
With a practice that encompasses music, sculpture, film and the digital image, Ayesha Tan-Jones’ central concerns lie with the energy, form and identity of the Female Spiritual. Her degree show installation depicted a dystopian world where the central character “Indigo Zoom” is on a quest to find safe air in an over-polluted world with only the elite allowed to “breathe in style.” Tree roots grow from the concrete ground, entangled with plastic bags and entwined with metallic prayers winding round like vines. Fictional government “Yonivel Cozmetix” propaganda lies ripped and ruined, and a hologram of a Yonivel Representative glitches. The installation was made to accompany her film “Indigo Zoom: The Awakening” which is being released online in chapters and shown at selected screenings. Tan-Jones will also be the 2016 graduate artist in residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.