STUDIOWORKS Exhibition, March 2015

The social networking world is a new adventure for me as an artist. I have never been concerned with technology as a means to promote such a traditional media as oil paint. However, coming into my final year of University, I have come to the realisation that luck wont find me and dazzle me with success, I will have to work for luck to reveal itself. For this reason, I have started to troll the internet, trying to find the golden ratio of online art blogs with regards to mentioning my own work and talking about other artists and their ideas. Of course there are no concrete rules... 'if you do this you will be successful'... but I don't want to come across as an egotistical air horn, 'blowing my own trumpet'. Despite this, I am still new to this 'online game' and therefore I can afford to blame any ratio-related mistakes to my blogging naivety.

So I am going to talk about myself, myself and a recent collective with four local artists... Rebecca Smith, Aimee Labourne, Nicole Etherington and Adam Langer.

Our work came together by a fortunate accident that landed us in the same studio in our third year of BA (hons) Fine Art. A shed-like building (that is said to resemble a chicken coupe!) situated amidst a small woodland is the studio that revealed the cohesive elements running throughout the work and that ultimately led to the STUDIOWORKS Exhibition. 

Where the magic happens... Studio RG2, Woodlane Campus, Falmouth University

Where the magic happens... Studio RG2, Woodlane Campus, Falmouth University

Why Hair Today?

The STUDIOWORKS Exhibition became a reality from the idea that we needed to put our work in a new context, outside of the studio where it could be viewed and discussed. We stumbled across a local hairdresser wanting to hold rolling exhibitions in her shop and we happily became her guinea pigs. After two meetings we realised that the owner of the shop, Emma, was willing to give us free reign. Drilling into her walls, holding a private view and curation was all up to us (pretty brave if you ask me!). Immediately the opportunity was welcomed with open arms as we realised a creative freedom where no limitations existed as to how our work would be perceived.

A hairdressers is an unfamiliar space for an exhibition and, as expected, we have experienced a few raised eyebrows at the suggestion of our work amongst hair dryers and shampoo bottles. But for us during the preparation for our degree show, it was perfect! WHY? 
-no invigilation.  
-a steady trail of people seeing the work, everyday. 
-a space FREE of charge.  
But not only this... 
As Hair Today is already a functioning business, the spaces main concern isn't the presentation of our work... it's the business itself. Therefore the work gains a whole new context. The people who visit are not there to see the work, but the role of a gallery visitor is forced upon them. 

The Private View 

UNTITLED. The piece I chose to exhibit.

UNTITLED. The piece I chose to exhibit.

Event poster. Designed by Rebecca Smith. 

Event poster. Designed by Rebecca Smith. 

The STUDIOWORKS Exhibition will be open at Hair Today, Killigrew Street, Falmouth until 20th April 2015!