10 May 2012
'42degrees' displays work by BA (Hons) students graduating in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes
The 'ambitious and assiduous' art showcase that is the Oxford Brookes 42degrees Fine Art Degree Show opened its doors to the public between Saturday 12 May – Saturday 19 May 2012.
The participating artists exhibited work across a wide range of media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, sound, book-arts, printmaking, photography, video, and digital media, utilising new technologies alongside traditional processes. '42degrees' marks the climax of three years of research, experimentation and hard work.
Porcelain by Amy Wilkins
Surface and medium, texture and materials: from exploring the cosmos in stitch to a virus of copper pipes and spine-like radiators spreading through a building, this exhibition of work by emerging artists gives our imaginations a good shake-down. Johnny Cash, Euclid and Elvis all put in an appearance. Social issues, form and material drive the work. These artists tackle race, gender, prostitution, social injustice, illness, values, ecology, memory and family.
They are concerned with the body: exploring phantom limbs, presenting an ecstatic emergence from a cocoon, making body jewellery from orthopaedic materials, examining the boundaries of personal space. Place is also a significant concern: from fictional places to wild places, to the soul of a city. Some of the more unusual materials include elastic bands, circuit boards, icing sugar, carbon paper, bubbles, tents, greenhouses, concrete, ropes, skin, jelly, hair, breath, straw, clock hands, sewing machines, dirt and wax.
The Arts have recently faced a context of challenging times full of uncertainty and inevitable change. The need to be resilient, creative and adaptable has never been more pertinent for students in the Arts.
Head of Arts, Alison Honour
The Fine Art Degree at Oxford Brookes offers a multi-disciplinary, broad-based approach to the study of Fine Art, encouraging imaginative exploration, creative risk-taking and individual intellectual development, alongside important skills development in a range of technical practices.
Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Head of Arts Alison Honour said: “Our students graduate this year out of what has been probably the most extraordinary time for higher education in the UK for many decades. The Arts have recently faced a context of challenging times full of uncertainty and inevitable change."
"The need to be resilient, creative and adaptable has never been more pertinent for students in the Arts. I believe this year's graduating fine art students have confirmed their determination to succeed not only through the evident ambition and assiduous commitment for their degree show but also their preparation to endure external conditions,“ she said.