Year 2 Fine Art students at Alexander College/ University of the West of England officially opened their group exhibition ‘Bubble Bath’ yesterday.
The exhibition is being held at Mousio Theasis and will run until Monday, February 27 (Green Monday); open from 7.30–10.30pm, and with free admission.
A total of 10 students are taking part in the exhibition and have created two to three pieces each that incorporate a variety of styles and materials, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, and 3D printing.
The artists participating are: Constantinos Charous; Anais Chrysanthou; Florin Coman; Christos Drakos; Elena Lambis; Anna Lefkati; Andreas Mallouris; Anastasia Shikki; Maria Vassiliou; and Dimitra Vyra.
Aside from being graded on the pieces displayed at the exhibition, the way the students have organised the event itself will also go towards their final marks for the course.
Vyra – one of the student artists and organisers – says that the choice of venue is also important: “We wanted a venue that offers something different than a ‘white cube’; somewhere more authentic and cosy.”
Vyra says the themes covered in the exhibition are diverse, with students given the freedom to create without restriction.
The title ‘Bubble Bath’ “highlights the complexity between the faux-lux aesthetics of the exhibition space along with the individualistic approach of each proposed artwork”.
Her own pieces have been created using 3D printing – experimenting on how to illustrate human feelings and memories through the 3D sculptures and paintings, which “refer to a new modern figurative art”.
Charous explores the “evolution of technology and how it affects people”, through his work, discovering that it can be either educational or deformational, whilst Chrysanthou bases her work on “the idealisation of consumerism industrialisation created by social media” – and its affects on society.
Coman has used routine and everyday life to create abstract paintings, and Drakos presents installations based on character hierarchy, drawing on his own experiences working as a waiter during summer holidays.
Lampis has chosen “the uprooting, psychological and physical way of losing your home… the mental state of the refugees that have to transport with them all of their memories”, and Lefkati bases her work on femininity and its strength through the symbolic use of flora, fauna, shapes and colour.
Mallouris says his pieces are a statement on the interaction of the surface and the layers underneath in the mood of Gordon Matta Clark’s ‘Anarchitecture’. Shikki has worked with a theme of ‘Hollywood vs tradition’; the way that people try to emulate celebrities, and “forget their identity and who they really are”, and Vassiliou looks at society through her pieces; one that depicts today’s police brutality, and a second that looks at gentrification.