The annual show represents The Slade’s potential contribution to future discourses in international art. As ever, this year’s vast exhibition of work by MA, MFA and PhD graduates is highly varied, with the artists on display employing a plethora of languages and aesthetic devices. Something Curated highlights some of the most exciting work on show.
Alicia Fidler || @alicia.f.fidler
“My practice expands how aesthetics of an object can be used to allude to the presence of action and a premise for performance. Functionality and agency are contexts, which I employ to transcend an object’s still state. Adopting motifs such as handles, hooks, hinges, nets, harnesses and hoops, I dip into our pre-existing relationships with objects and actions,” the artist says.
Rodrigo Arteaga || @arteagarod
Rodrigo Arteaga’s process is at the intersection of disparate sciences such as anatomy, botany, cartography and astronomy. “I am interested in the fragility of knowledge and certainty, the way in which publications that had the ambition to gather the newest and most exact observations of the world end up becoming obsolete and forgotten in old libraries,” Arteaga explains in Annual Art Magazine.
Eloise Lawson || @eloiselawson
With a background in Art History and Italian Literature, Eloise Lawson’s practice predominantly centres around performance, moving image and collage. Lawson performs her live work TEETER TEETER among her sculptural objects at various times through the duration of the Slade show.
Florence Mytum || @florencemytum
Made from sections of pigmented sponge, Florence Mytum’s piece Speak for itself will be hanging out of the Slade until Sunday.
Gray Wielebinski || @gray_wilbank
Gray Wielebinski works in collage, video, performance, sound, sculpture, and installation. Their work explores gender and sexuality and how these intersect with other structures of power and identity. Gray is inspired by glitches, male bonding, queer temporality, podcasts, quantum mechanics, Jennifer Lopez’ Green Versace Dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards, conspiracy theories, clowning, and Surrealism.
June Lam || @junehelenlam
Born in Sydney, London-based visual artist June Lam’s floor installation at the Slade Graduate Show comprises delicate stacks of dried lotus leaves, placed curiously atop carpet underlay.
Clotilde Jiménez || @clotildejimenez
Hawaii-born Clotilde Jiménez’s work celebrates marginalised people while simultaneously exploring the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality as seen through his lens. The work of Jiménez poetically transcribes and reconstructs the societal idée fixe of the black body in popular culture.
Yi Zhang || @yi.zhang.sculptor
Describing her work, Yi Zhang explains: “Fabrication through collage construction is at the working centre of my practice of sculpture. The work process is based on a series of intuitive choices and actions; a making and constructing something that results in vibration of poetic mystery. My original sensation; the one I get from certain found materials, leads to a series of physical actions altering the original purpose of the materials and transforming them by combination and slight alteration into something new.”
11-15 June, 10am – 8pm | 16-17 June, 10am – 5pm
Slade School of Fine Art, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Feature image: Envisioning archipelagoes, June Lam, 2018, lotus leaves, carpet underlay, 13 x 110 x 150 cm (via UCL)