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On the 7 March we will be taking a group of OCA students (very relevant to all visual arts students, textiles, painting, drawing and visual communications students especially welcome) to a lively exhibition in London: at the Ben Uri Gallery in St Johns Wood.
It promises a rich voluptuous experience: tracing the lines to her work from three other artists working is overlapping forms. Drawn from the Judy Chicago’s personal archive and from public collections in the USA the work is contextualised for the first time with work by Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick and Tracey Emin, three distinguished European artists, each of whom has addressed similar issues in her own distinctive fashion during the latter part of the 20th century/early 21st century. Here is a link to a great video of Judy Chicago talking about her exhibits in the show. Thanks to John Umney for providing the link.
Since we have discovered that the Ben Uri exhibition is small we have added another gallery visit into the mix. The Brunei Gallery exhibition is at SOAS, part of London University. It is close to Russell Square. Its called World Eco Fibre and Textiles Art (WEFT).It is described on the website as exploring the three dimensionality of Textile Art through installation and sculptural structures and shows how Textile Art can be considered as a another genre of Fine Art . It shows contemporary work from International artists from 35 countries (but mainly from the Middle and Far East.) It seems that the emphasis is on exploring inherent textiles techniques and materials in new ways as a materials based approach to express ideas. This is in sharp contrast to Chicago and Emin etc, who as fine artists use fairly conventional textiles as media to express conceptual ideas, so could provide the opportunity for some good comparative discussion.
The study visit will start at 11 am and finish at around 3pm. Please contact email@example.com for a place.