We are proud to see five Chelsea College of Arts Alumni selected and taking part in this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries Exhibition. MA Fine Art graduates Adam Zoltowski and Marilia Stagkouraki, BA Textile Design graduate Henry Hussey, BA Fine Art graduates Lucy Beech and Lucy Joyce were selected from 1,400 submissions.Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools.
This year printmaking, moving image and performance occupy much of the final selection as well as an interest in modes of production and materiality. Certain artists explore themes linked to current affairs (Marco Godoy, Melissa Kime, Milou van der Maaden), human behaviour (Simon Senn, Lucy Beech, Stacey Guthrie), language (Matt Copson, Alice Hartley, Imran Perretta), desire (Yi Dai, Katie Hayward, Racheal Crowther, Tajinder Dhami) and the body (Bee Flowers, Yussef Hu, MKLK, Adam Wallace, Xiao-Yang Li).
This wide variety of mediums and subjects showcases an engaged group of artists that reflect today’s complicated and global art world.
Chelsea BA Textile Design graduate Henry Hussey explains his thoughts on the tensions between video and textile works:
“During a time when video is ever more prevalent and in this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries over half the artist are working in this medium. It is in my opinion that the viewer is now craving tangibility and by working in textiles it connects with humans urge to possess something of substance. The use of fabric is almost radical and stands its ground when surrounded by other contemporary art forms.”
Following a lively and successful Private View on November 25th, the exhibition will be open to the public from 26th November 2014 – 25th January 2015 in the Lower and Upper Galleries of the ICA, London.