Millfield School hosts exhibition of contemporary artwork
A new exhibition of the best contemporary art by MA students and other postgraduates is currently showing at the Atkinson Gallery at Millfield School in Street.
Now in its seventeenth year, this annual exhibition is an exciting opportunity to view some of the inspired and innovative work coming out of the top art universities in the country.
Selected by Paul Maxfield, Head of Art, Design and Technology at Millfield School, this year’s show includes thirty five examples of painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, so there is something to interest all tastes.
Perhaps most surprising is the wide range of materials used in the creation of these works.
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Hair Piece by Sophie Eade is a combination of carefully arranged human hair, suggesting natural movement, which is sewn onto wigmaker’s lace cut into the shape of a gun. The juxtaposition between feminine beauty and the image of the gun is made more startling by the gun only being visible from one side.
Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation 02 by Sungfeel Yun uses iron powder and glue on canvas. Drawing on Eastern philosophies, such as Taoism and Buddhism, as well as the laws of physics, the iron powder is arranged in textured circles which create three- dimensional, feather-like patterns which entice the viewer into the centre of the canvas.
“My work is about the nature of existence,” says Sungfeel Yun.
There are sculptures by David MacDiarmid made from carpet, wood, brass and bronze mirrors, and works of mixed media by Rachel Hunt which are created on different sorts of foam.
This is art which delights in experimenting with form and texture, and invites the viewer to explore different ideas and perceptions.
Drawing particular attention this year are the two large oil paintings by Enrique Azócar which are impressive in their detail and ambition.
Also popular are the two works by Nancy Cogwell created using acrylic, oil, pigment and chinagraph. There is also a wide variety of photography, digital prints and silver gelatine prints.
The Atkinson Gallery was set up to provide “a backdrop for young and emerging contemporary artists but also to bring work of an international calibre to the South West,” explains Debra O’Sullivan, the gallery administrator. “It is available to everyone and it’s free. It’s a fantastic asset to the school and to the area.”
MA & Other Postgraduates 2013 exhibition closes on 28 March.