'In Between Outcomes' Grays Graduates in Residence 2015!

The Graduates in Residence show popped up and just as quickly disappeared a few weeks back but I managed to get some quick shots while the artists were finishing off the install. The Graduates in Residence programme is a great opportunity for alumni students to continue developing their work post degree show and is a highly coveted prize. This years group is made up by award winning sculptur Ben Martin, one of my personal favourites Caitlin Hynes, print maker princess of darkness Sophie Will and multidisciplinary artists Daniel Massie

Each resident stands out through the strength of their work and the distinctive traits of their practice. I think many students must struggle to really develop their own style within their chosen field and these 4 are exemplery with strong visual qualities from Caitlins dinstinctive characters and colour pallete to Daniel's jarring video loops (does anyone else get goose bumps from Goodbye Horses?). Sophie's Solar Eclipse specs are like a long lost sought after piece of vintage ephemera and Ben's intricate lines to me form less of a spiders web and hold more of an architectural presence, inhabiting space in very intresting and unusual manner.

With the Grays Degree show looming the art school will be going into over drive as studios are broken down and walls are painted and the Graduates will have finally to face life post art school, a daunting prospect if your planning to stay in Aberdeen as a lack of affordable studio space can inhibit ones a bility to develop new work but with each year I see step change, a bit more resilliance to stay and make Aberdeen work and with some plans afoot for new artist led studio spaces now might just be the best time to be leaving Grays. 

Well done to the Graduates in Residence for an enjoyable show, hopefuly you can get a taste of it in the video and stills below and keep an eye on Caitlin who will be showing more new work at her Graduate Award show at Smart Gallery in June!

Color Fools by Julien Paccard!

Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Purple and Orange and Blue...... or White Fool, Yellow Fool, Orange Fool, Red Fool, Pink Fool, Blue Fool, Green Fool and Black Fool! These Color Fools edits are the best way you can spend the next 30 minutes of your day!

'AHOY' by Stu Ford at Parx Cafe!

The ever talented Stu Ford, one half of WLD WLVS has been beavering away for the last couple of weeks at Peacocks on a new set of screen prints for his first solo show, AHOY which opnes on Saturday at Parx Cafe in Aberdeen. Stus work has been getting better and better with each project as he hones both his digital skills and his screen printing skills. 

Stu's first solo show is titled AHOY and will focus on a set of screenprints all teeming with nautical motifs and themes from the oceans most ginormous inhabitants to those who simply use her power as means of transport, sailors in case you couldn't guess. I managed to get a little sneak peak at some of the new prints while the ink was still wet and the attention to detail on each one is incredible! Combining Stu's distinctive style with a hands on process has resulted in some rather beautiful prints, which if you like the work of Ben Newman or anyone else on the Nobrow Press roster then you're sure to love em! 

The show officially opens this Saturday, 23rd May at Parx Cafe from 10am til 2am and then during the normal opening hours Monday to Friday. Each print design will be available for purchase and if things go to plan then ill be working with Stu on a new one off print which ill be selling through a new online print shop so watch this space and be sure to check out Stu's incredible work, AHOY!