Guest Review – Jo Raven on New Contemporaries


Written by Jo Raven

Bloomberg New Contemporaries
is an annual exhibition currently housed in the Coach Shed at Greenland Street. This national competition is open to all final year undergraduates and current postgraduates of the past 12 months. The 2006 selectors Angus Fairhurst, Paul Nash and Alison Wilding have brought together the 36 finalists, providing a platform for these artists to showcase their work on an international level.

sarah bridglandOverall this exhibition shows a balance of different media, opening with the contrasting sculptural work of Jeremy Williett, Douglas White’s vandalised recycling bins looming in the background.

Sarah Bridgland’s meticulous paper cut-outs manifest in picture and sculptural form in ‘Staple Box’ and ‘Toy Soldier’, matching the keen attention to detail of Salvatore Arancio’s pencil etchings depicting powerful landscapes of volcanoes, mountains and craters.

chiho katoThis exhibition also features strong work from new Japanese artists; the clever and witty ‘Yellow Pages’ by Chiho Kato, the delicately carved birthday candle ‘Spiral Staircase’ and the strong figurative photographs of Akiko Takizawa.

There is also a number of video works dotted throughout the gallery space, the best for me being Holly Antrum’s stop motion animation ‘Once I Knew a Room, Once I Knew A Forest’ and ‘Ed’s Spiral Piece’ by Edwin Li. The abstract style is also prevalent with Katy Moran’s textural compositions surpassing the other artists.

akiko takizawaMoving into the main exhibition space, Andrea Buttner’s donkey woodcut picture and Dafni Barbageorgopoulou sizable floor sculpture ‘Space Base’ dominate the space. However ‘The Genealogy of Suicide’ Series 1 – 13 and Robert Rush’s card sculptures are particularly worth a closer look, as are the works in the annex rooms – ‘2nd Floor’ the only site specific work in this exhibition and Athanasios Argianas projections, installation and sculpture.

Jo Raven, September 2006
Exhibition runs from 16 September – 22 October 2006 at the Coach Shed, Greenland Street