RAPID is the culmination of a week’s worth of immersion in Viennese culture and art, and features creative and collaborative responses from the participants.
In addition to visiting world famous instituions such as MUMOK, Schloss Belvedere and the Leopold Galerie, students have had a good insight into contemporary art and culture in Vienna from a curated programme of talks by local artists, activists and art workers in the city. We have also had a day in Bratislava, comparing and contrasting Slovak visual culture with what we have encountered in Vienna.
Strong themes have emerged in discussion of the week’s experiences. In RAPID, students will present across the disciplines, from painting and 3-D intervention, to perfomance, video and sound art. Emphasis has been placed on a creative response to the space of Galerie AU, and adaptible use of found materials.
The dynamics of the cities of Vienna and Bratislava, the previous footprints of Scots in Vienna, construction and materiality, the ever-changing mix of languages and nationalities in this ancient capital, and seeing Vienna as an outsider, are some of the themes that will be considered in our work.
We and Galerie AU really look forward to welcoming you for the opening at Brunnengasse 76 from 1900 onwards, tomorrow Friday 5th February.
Gray’s runs courses not only in Fine Art (Painting and Contemporary Art Practice) but also courses in Design and Commercial Photography. It also oversees Masters’ level courses, and has a developing cohort of Ph.D students.
Every year Fine Art students visit a European city and make a pop up exhibition, in collaboration with local partners. Last year we visited Skopje in Macedonia, and made the exhibition Shkotsko at the Menada venue in the city.
One’s immediate surroundings is the topic that, in one way or another, has informed and influenced my practice for the past year and a half. The source of this interest is a combination of the drastic change in environment brought by moving to study in Scotland and my natural predisposition to focus on the details of things. I engage process-driven exploration of imagery, material, colour, pattern and shape in order to establish the links between further topics such as memory, order and the notion of “home”.
The contemporary environment is littered with imagery and intelligent technology where one is constantly in a dialogue with space and a screen, leading to an ever more immaterial space in which objects become malleable and responsive. It is this increasing fluidity of objects in virtual reality versus the flatness of imagery that my work finds itself within, exploring the possibilities of materiality in times of immateriality.
My work revolves around experimentation with light and space, specifically at the moment light refraction and human perception of colour within light. Video and film art also merges into my practise as I document installation pieces.
Scenes from everyday life form much of the basis of my work. Discarded items, accidental or unintended situations such as rubbish sacks, traffic cones and broken umbrellas contain a sculptural significance that informs my studio practice. Working between drawing, painting and installation, I investigate and explore the natural poetry, patterns and relationships that exists between these collections of ‘things’ and the failure that surrounds them.