Two of the University of Portsmouth’s incredibly talented CCI Photography students are exhibiting their work at Aspex Gallery, and could be selected to win a Platform award, as part of Aspex’s Platform 2017 project.
Platform proudly supports emerging artistic talent, from six higher education partners across the South Coast, through selecting artwork from two students, that are studying Fine Art, or Photography.
Joanne Bushnell, director of Aspex, boasts,
“Platform is a very exciting part of our exhibition programme, enabling us to showcase a range of fresh, relevant and eclectic artwork from emerging artists across the South Coast”
Platform is an initiative organised by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN), a partnership between five galleries, Aspex, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Modern Art Oxford. CVAN work across the South East to “collectively deliver a stronger visual arts offer for artists and audiences alike”.
CVAN South East’s manager, Oliver Sumner says,
“The artists selected from the region’s degree shows make an outstanding field this year. Platform 2017 is set to be an extremely promising sample of the diverse practice currently emerging from art schools in the South East of England”
The artwork created by these twelve aspiring artists, form a group exhibition, which will be showcased from the 14th of September, through to the 26th of November. From the group exhibition one nominated artist will be considered for the final platform prize, as well as four other artists being selected by partner galleries across the South Coast.
This incredible honour, comprises of a year long professional development programme with artist and Aspex’s Artist Advisor Jonathon Parsons, in addition to a £2,500 bursary!
Platform 2017s participants from the University of Portsmouth, who are in with a chance of being awarded this incredible opportunity, are Archie Munro,
“Munro investigates alternate views into the same space. His photographs explore voyeurism and the gaze through an obscure portrayal of human existence, producing an alluring depiction of unaware subjects”
The illuminated space serves as an entrance into the world enclosed within the image, and provides an arena where the monotony of domestic life is observed. The imagery draws attention to the significance and representation of the minutiae, which constructs narratives that the viewer is encouraged to scrutinize. A subtle association to governmental surveillance methods is formed through the obsessive collection of data, and challenges boundaries of photography and privacy in modern society”
And Vytaute Trijonyte,
“Interested in how the land relates to a social and political history, Trijonyte’s work explores notions of individual and collective memory and representations of personal and cultural identity. By working collaboratively with her father in a series of experimental performances, she seeks to show the sense of belonging and a connection with the land in Lithuania, which has been affected by past histories of communism and political ideologies, The landscape becomes a testament to existence and actions’
Both students have created pieces of work that are unique and innovative, and are fully deserving of the honour that has been awarded to them, to be featured as part of Platform 2017.
Be sure to check out Platform 2017 at Aspex Gallery, and join the conversation by using the hashtag #Platform2017 across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.