New Contemporaries is a fantastic opportunity for young artists to engage with a wider audience, claiming recognition and being able to exist as artists in their own right. The beauty being that, nobody has really encountered the work of these graduates and emerging artists, and so there is always an element of surprise coming to see this show.
I couldn’t possibly whittle down the amount of artists to one favourite, but the two that I particularly enjoyed were the videos by Emma Hart (“Dice” 2009) and Greta Alfaro (“In Ictu Oculi” 2009)
|Emma Hart, "Dice" 2009|
The simple structure of ‘Dice' is what makes it rather charming really. A repetitive, never ending game between herself and the sea, “Em’s turn, sea’s turn” is a playful investigation into the moving image, and a straightforward use of film.
|Greta Alfaro "In Ictu Oculi" 2009|
In Greta’s 'In Ictu Oculi' we see a table set for dinner. The absence of guests and a backdrop of a dried and withered landscape operates as a mirage for what we really see. Watching expectantly, the shadow of an unmistakable vulture appears circling above the scene and before you know it, the party has been gate crashed by dozens of winged creatures. There’s a semi apocalyptic element, where have all the people gone? Will anyone hear the satisfying crash of the silver platter hit the ground? Why is there not a single person controlling this scene unfolding before our eyes? This gluttony with no present boundaries acts as a metaphor for the over-consumption within contemporary western culture.If you get a chance to go to the ICA at any point in the coming future, pick up a copy of their Zine of the month 'Langdon Olgar', a magazine curated by HollabackLDN, a movement dedicated to ending street harassment, with stunning photography by Owen Richards.