ECA Masters Degree Show 2016

ECA Masters Degree Show 2016

From the series of works ‘The Banks of a River’ Copyright © Felicity Bristow 2016 This year as part of my MA in Contemporary Art Practice at ECA I have focused on exploring the complexities of the ‘analogue book’ as a multi-media cultural form. This interrogation of the book form on a large scale concentrates on the themes of ‘transformation’ and ‘abstraction’. It is realised through a deconstruction and scaling of the book’s constituent materials; ink, paper, cloth and thread and utilises my unique methods of ‘unmeasured’ chromatography and practice-based analysis. I have been developing a body of real-time site-specific ‘Draw-ing(s)’[1] titled ‘The Banks of a River.’ Each piece of work is unique and representative of the immediate environment it is made in exploring the ‘alternative truth’ of a confidential Riverside site. [1] From the secondary meaning of the word Draw: To bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source: to draw water from a well. e: felicity@felicitybristow.com or twitter: @FelicityBristow #TheBanksofaRiver #aChairforHisGrace #Published www.felicitybristow.com   You can find my work in the ECA Masters Degree Show (J.02) and the rest of the years work in the North East Studios in Rooms I.05, J.02 and K.05. Entry to the Degree Show is free. The Degree Show is open to the public from: Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August. Opening times: 11am to 5pm. Late night opening: 11 am – 8pm on Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th August If you would like to keep up with the ECA Masters Degree Show on social media please use the hashtag #ecaMA2016 or...
How do Contemporary Artists using the book as a multi-media cultural form address current ‘time-space compression’ (D.Harvey)?

How do Contemporary Artists using the book as a multi-media cultural form address current ‘time-space compression’ (D.Harvey)?

In this critical essay I will reflect on the theme of ‘What is Contemporary Art?’ covered in the Methods Seminar series (Semester 1, 2015/16), then focussing on the analysis of how two specific examples of practicing Contemporary Artists, Xu Bing and Katie Paterson, use the book as a ‘multi-media cultural form’ in making their work. I will discuss how both artists address in their practice the concept of ‘time-space compression’ a theory articulated in 1989 by David Harvey a geographer in his book ‘The Condition of Postmodernity: an enquiry into the origins of cultural change.’ (Harvey, 1989) When breaking down the question, ‘Contemporary Art’ as a definition is presented as meaning the ‘present day’ movement of art and artist-led practice; ‘…there have been no significant movements in the past twenty years, and artists have not been interested in organizing themselves around any.’ (What is contemporary art? E-flux issue 1, 2009). It is an interesting point that art work made since the late 80’s which has been formally institutionalised within museums of art and art galleries, and also purchased by established private art collectors, has, according to art critics and academics been without a recognisable umbrella-like artistic movement beyond ‘modernism’. A homogenous artistic movement of current times has been elusive to the point of it being currently accepted as being too complex to categorise and is simply given the term ‘(…) “contemporary” (…) to mark the death of “modern.”’ (Medina, What is contemporary art? E-flux issue 1, 2009). In this essay the book as a ‘multi-media cultural form’ is intended to be a description of the diversity of the presentation...
Why ‘Book’ now?

Why ‘Book’ now?

Over the Summer I had to make a decision on what I would do next as I had essentially run out of time on my Part-time Degree course (if only you could obtain credits for having children along the way!) so with the support of my family I look the flying leap into applying for a full time 1 year Masters in Contemporary Practice at Edinburgh College of Art – and was very excited to be accepted. This really is the reason for the radio/ blog silence as it has been non-stop ever since. This year I am going to have the luxury of a little more time during the day to concentrate on the body of work I have been making in the series of works under the title ‘Draw-ing(s)’. In the next few blog posts I will share some of this Semesters ups and downs of being back in full time education and how my work is developing…back...
End of a Festival, a rainbow of emotions…

End of a Festival, a rainbow of emotions…

#HiddenDoor this year was amazing – clearing out the #Lockerroom today gave me some time to reflect on what a huge success the whole event has been. While feeling a little hollow and wondering what will happen next its good to reflect on the fantastic people and #art #theatre and #music that I had the pleasure to meet and experience. Vive! Hidden Door and all who brought it to...