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Photos: Alumni Nominated for Griffin Art Prize

'Skeleton' by Matthew Krishanu

‘Skeleton’ by Matthew Krishanu

Central Saint Martins alumni Emma Löfström and Matthew Krishanu have made the longlist for the Griffin Art Prize 2014.

Fuga+Löfström
Emma Löfström studied BA Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and is nominated for her collaboration with Irene Fuga. Together, the pair investigate the world and contemporary culture in relation to the Internet and social media.

'Archive workers' by Fuga+Löfström 'Ministry of Love' by Fuga+Löfström

 

Matthew Krishanu
MA Fine Art alumnus Matthew Krishanu often draws on his own childhood in Bangladesh in his work. He uses his memories and photographs for inspiration, but shies away from straight autobiography in favour of more open narratives.

'Bird' by Matthew Krishanu 'Boy in water' by Matthew Krishanu

 

Matthew and Emma are two of 20 artists in the running for this year’s Griffin Art Prize. The winner will get a six-month studio residency, a supply of art materials and a solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery.

More information:
BA Graphic Design
MA Fine Art

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New Exhibition Celebrates Deep Lee’s Life

I'mDeep_01This autumn Central Saint Martins is staging an exhibition to celebrate the life of student Deep Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident near King’s Cross station in 2011.

I’m Deep – What physically remains as time goes by… has been curated in collaboration with Deep’s partner, Kenji Hirasawa. This exhibition will highlight Deep’s life as a designer, showcasing sketches, illustrations, garments and a recreation of her work studio.

The core of Deep’s design was craftsmanship. In her notebook she quoted Richard Sennet, writing: “The craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake.

“Although the word may suggest a way of life that waned with the advent of industrial society, Sennett argues that the craftsman’s realm is far broader than skilled manual labour; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent, and the citizen need to learn the value of good craftsmanship today.”

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Pursuing her dream
Deep was from South Korea and came to London to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer by studying menswear design at Central Saint Martins.

She was about to start making her graduation collection, but died cycling to College on the first day of her final semester. Cycling was central to Deep’s lifestyle and it seems unimaginable that she lost her life doing something she loved.

University of the Arts London and Deep Lee’s family created the Deep Lee Award for final-year menswear design students in 2012. We hope that the award encourages younger generations to value and explore craftsmanship. To make a donation to the Deep Lee Award Fund contact Catherine Demoisy.

The exhibition will run from 3 to 24 October in window D of the College’s window galleries, to the left of the barriers. Visit it Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

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MA Photography: Prize Nominations for Graduates

'Leon & Johannes' by Sina Michalskaja

‘Leon & Johannes’ by Sina Michalskaja (installation view photo © Jennifer Pattison)

MA Photography alumni from Central Saint Martins have been garnering praise, with Sina Michalskaja a Celeste Prize finalist and Daniel Silva shortlisted for the Saatchi Sensations Prize.

Sina Michalskaja is in the running for the Celeste Prize 2014, which boasts €20,500 in cash prizes and worldwide exposure. Michalskaja’s work questions what windows are and what they can be, trying to reveal the irreducible complexity of this mundane threshold.

'Untitled' by Daniel Silva

‘Untitled’ by Daniel Silva

The window in her nominated piece ‘Leon & Johannes’ was produced as a glazed photograph. Standing on wooden legs, it leans against the wall half covered with a protective foil.

Saatchi Sensations
One of 25 young artists selected for the Saatchi New Sensations prize 2014, Colombian-born Daniel Silva aims to create images that transcend the retina. He often doesn’t use a camera, on the principle that this can hinder the viewer’s ability to perceive the images properly.

'How to escape from a mountain lion' by Roderick Laperdrix

‘How to escape from a mountain lion’ by Roderick Laperdrix

Roderick Laperdrix, a graduate from our MA Fine Art course, has also been selected for the Saatchi award. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden, Laperdrix’s work humorously explores the role of a hermit or recluse in a modern society.

In one sculpture, a semi-nude man raises his arms to scare a mountain lion, but without the object of his danger present he appears absurd.

More information:
MA Photography
- MA Fine Art

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MA Photography: Prize Nominations for Graduates

'Leon & Johannes' by Sina Michalskaja

‘Leon & Johannes’ by Sina Michalskaja (installation view photo © Jennifer Pattison)

MA Photography alumni from Central Saint Martins have been garnering praise, with Sina Michalskaja a Celeste Prize finalist and Daniel Silva shortlisted for the Saatchi Sensations Prize.

Sina Michalskaja is in the running for the Celeste Prize 2014, which boasts €20,500 in cash prizes and worldwide exposure. Michalskaja’s work questions what windows are and what they can be, trying to reveal the irreducible complexity of this mundane threshold.

'Untitled' by Daniel Silva

‘Untitled’ by Daniel Silva

The window in her nominated piece ‘Leon & Johannes’ was produced as a glazed photograph. Standing on wooden legs, it leans against the wall half covered with a protective foil.

Saatchi Sensations
One of 25 young artists selected for the Saatchi New Sensations prize 2014, Colombian-born Daniel Silva aims to create images that transcend the retina. He often doesn’t use a camera, on the principle that this can hinder the viewer’s ability to perceive the images properly.

'How to escape from a mountain lion' by Roderick Laperdrix

‘How to escape from a mountain lion’ by Roderick Laperdrix

Roderick Laperdrix, a graduate from our MA Fine Art course, has also been selected for the Saatchi award. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden, Laperdrix’s work humorously explores the role of a hermit or recluse in a modern society.

In one sculpture, a semi-nude man raises his arms to scare a mountain lion, but without the object of his danger present he appears absurd.

More information:
MA Photography
- MA Fine Art

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Black Mesa Film Shows Native American Struggle

Still from Black Mesa © Camille Summers-Valli

Still from Black Mesa © Camille Summers-Valli

Camille Summers-Valli is one of Central Saint Martins fine art graduates who has been selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show at the Liverpool biennial.

Her piece, Black Mesa, is a two-screen video installation documenting the Diné, or Navajo, people’s fight for their ancestral homelands.

Over the last 30 years, over 12,000 Diné people have been removed from the Big Mountain area of Black Mesa in northern Arizona. This is the result of a complex political and legal struggle surrounding the extraction of coal from the landscape.

Black Mesa in situ © Camille Summers-Valli

Black Mesa in situ © Camille Summers-Valli

Today, as mining continues, twenty-five Diné elders remain in the region. Camille Summers-Valli’s film follows elders and environmental activists as they seek a compromise between sacred traditions and the modern world.

Summers-Valli said: “I feel very fortunate to have been selected for this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries show. It is a great step in creating a dialogue about the pertinent issues that the film explores, and in developing the project into a single screen feature documentary due for release in 2015.”

More information:
- BA Fine Art
Our Bloomberg New Contemporaries win
Camille Summers-Valli

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