Fine Arts student exhibition 13-21 June
Stellenbosch University’s (SU) annual Fine Arts student exhibition will this year be hosted at the Sasol Art Museum in Ryneveld Street from 13 to 21 June.
Titled “speak UP speak OUT”, the exhibition covers paintings and book art by 2nd and 3rd year students of the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The opening will take place on Thursday 13 June, 1-2pm, as part of the University’s official Youth Day programme at the Museum. Everyone welcome!
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
These projects introduced students to artists’ books and painting and intended to stimulate and encourage self-discovery, originality, independence and individuality of thought. The projects were strictly process oriented, with each student embarking on his/her individual and personal voyage of discovery. The projects aimed to:
• familiarise students with a process of problematizing their worlds
• familiarise students with a process-oriented approach to art making
• develop a group dynamic among the students
• develop a work ethic among students
• ensure that students have loads of fun.
In these projects students were expected to:
• conduct field research
• identify an area of personal interest that they could critically examine
• produce a coherent body of work that exemplified the above examination
• transgress the conventions and boundaries of art, painting and books
• challenge themselves and their viewers with new forms of visual/aesthetic knowledge
• prepare and present the material for assessment.
THE LIFE OF AN OBJECT – Second-year book project
Each student was given a sealed lucky packet containing a single wrapped-up object. They were required to investigate and construct a life for this object as a narrative involving its birth, life and death, without initially unwrapping the object. The narrative was to involve a close relationship and integration between image and text. The project took the form of a bookwork (artists’ book), and the end product was to be an accordion-fold book narrating the life of each student’s object.
THE POETICS OF SPACE / THE POETICS OF REVERIE – Second-year painting project
The students met at the old compost factory on the Blaauwklippen Estate outside Stellenbosch. Each student spent an afternoon making roughly 20 field sketches investigating the given site. They were allowed to work in whatever medium they chose (charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, brush and ink wash, etc.). Given the specific nature of the site, the main aim of the project was to explore conceptual and formal issues relating to the poetics of the everyday, the poetics of spaces and the poetics of painting. The notion of reverie, daydreaming, musing and contemplation formed a key approach to the project. Given their fieldwork investigations, the students were required to work through a number of phases culminating in 3 or more advanced paintings that distilled and crystallised their ideas.
IMAGE & TEXT – Second-year book project
In this project students were required to create a narrative image-text where image and text were to be simultaneously generated and treated as co-dependent. Each student was provided with a sealed envelope containing a random word, image and a Plascon colour swatch. They were required to respond to and investigate these elements by developing a free image and word association as a method to explore and describe their material. They were required to make a “one-off book” created from original two-dimensional material (drawings, photographs, collages, stitching, a variety of collaged papers, etc.).
Each student was required to keep an on-going personal journal that reflected the progress of his/her thinking and working processes and visual research.