Art Surrounds Us Blog – Goldsmiths Debuts: Utterance Interview

5 Apr

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GOLDSMITHS DEBUTS – UTTERANCE

         This Thursday a new exhibition is coming up. At Red Bull Studio you will be introduce to new young artists and their works. The exhibition is called Utterance. This is the third exhibition of a series of 4 collaborating with Red Bull, aiming to help the 3rd year students of Goldsmiths College to preview their final collection whilst preparing them to their final degree show in June. We recommend everyone to go and have a look at it. Below you can read the interview with the curator, Yolanda Hanson. Featured artists are Jill Chong, Zehra Naqvi, Emma Massoud, Ariel Ruvinsky, Peter Voss-Knude, Karen Yeh and Shabana Zaman.


Interview with the curator, Yolanda Hanson
How was the show born? Where did the idea came from?

We spent some time talking in the studios at Goldsmiths University about organising a few exhibitions in the lead up to our final Fine Art and History of Art degree show in June. We really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to show our work together in smaller groups and perhaps think about whether there were any connections between our interests as a year group. It would be the first time most of us had exhibited so we decided to call the series Goldsmiths Debuts. I approached Red Bull with the idea, because I had seen their exhibition space and thought be a great space to show work in. They were (and continue to be) really supportive.
What is the aim of the exhibition?

The exhibition ‘Utterance’ is the third of a series of four. The aim of the whole project is to create a space where creative and non-creative people can enjoy some art and get a sneak peek at some of the work that is currently coming our of Goldsmiths. This particular exhibition focuses on the complications of communication and considers the way that the artistic gestures and artworks express ideas and concepts.
How would you describe the curatorial part of the exhibition? What attracted you to the idea of curating the show?

I have been interested in curating for a while and have enjoyed working on exhibitions and education project at Iniva, Rivington Place ( Institution of International Visual Arts – the editor) over the past few years. This was a great chance to use some of the skills I had picked up but in a different environment and with a group of people who I also study with.
Can you tell us about some of the show’s major highlights?

The whole experience has been great so far, and we are only half way through! I am just really happy that the students, teachers at Goldsmiths have been so supportive. The private views have had amazing turnouts and it is a wonderful feeling seeing a room full of people happily chatting about the artwork of my friend and fellow students.
Were there any recurring themes or concerns that you noticed between the artists?

The four exhibitions are already loosely themed, but in the process of working together, each group of artists have been surprised at the interesting conversations that emerge in the process of collaboration. The small publications that are produced by each group alongside the exhibition reflects these subtle overlaps.
How would you describe the artists? Do you think the next Damien Hirst is amongst these artists?

Haha! I suppose the Damien Hirst comparison is inevitable because he also studied at Goldsmiths. I think we have a really talented range of artists at Goldsmiths right now whose work engage with themes that are relevant to our time and articulate concerns and questions in new and interesting ways. I have absolutely no doubt that many will go on to do great things.
Can you tell us about the different mediums used? How do they work within the same theme?

I think it is quite common now for artists to hold inter-disciplinary skills. We don’t all necessarily feel tied to a particular medium or mode of expression so the choice really becomes more about what is the best or most effective way to communicate the idea or what feels like the appropriate way of working… I think it is refreshing to see a variety of works/modes of working in one exhibition. As a viewer you can actively approach each work in a fresh way and reflect on the different outcomes.
Why the name ‘Utterance’?

Well, we thought about ‘Talking in Tongues’ originally, but decided to stick to one word as per the other exhibitions. So the sequence is: Presence, Lacuna, Utterance, Embodiment. Perhaps there is a connection between each of those words… or a progression of some sort. I guess as a whole they speak about the fundamentals of our existence in and relationship to the world; which is (I suppose) what we are all interested in some way or another.
Did you enjoy working with young artists?

I guess I don’t see them as ‘young artists’. I am 26, we all work and study together and I respect them all as artists. It has been amazing working with them in this context and I really hope there will be many more collaborations between us as a year group in the future.
xx,
Sophie & Maria Vittoria
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