We welcomed a staggering 14,000 visitors to the College for Degree Show One last week.
With the work of over 200 students on show from both undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the Art Programme, Degree Show One presented fine art at its most bold and brilliant.
Performance was in abundance with work stretching from Kat Buchanan’s ‘Cats’ complete with rather indifferent feline figures and Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente’s of the White Pube premiering their self-penned and satiric ‘Art Degree’ song to the tune of ‘Let It Be’ to IMMA’s deeply personal piece combining dance with spoken word.
Digital technology appeared often from Emanuel Tomozei’s virtual reality experience ‘Technoclampsia’ to Molly Gough’s sculpture-making combining instruction from users of Chat Roulette. While traditional processes were re-appraised in work like Jean-Baptiste Lagadec’s Photoshop-inspired painting and Adonia Leung’s large-scale, repetitive pencil drawing exploring obsessive behavior and mental health.
The space and structures of the College building provided a canvas for many with Will Webster’s ‘1p’ price tag making a home in the Crossing alongside larger suspended work from Sergei Zinchuk’s plywood and cable tie structure to Jessica Young’s series of pastel plastic, foam and latex hangings.
It goes without saying there were too many highlights to mention here, as this year’s Degree Show One celebrated the many voices and practices that make up Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.