A taste of Britain I – Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 26 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 Photo: Mark Blower

We find ourselves immerse in an unique, fresh, vibrant atmosphere, which pervades the gallery spaces of the ICA, the legendary institute dedicated to Contemporary Arts, London: it is the 2014/2015 edition of the awaited Bloomberg New Contemporaries, an exhibition and a network, among the most authoritative one for the promotion of emerging British artists. The 25th edition, presents 55 artists, recently graduated from British universities and academies, selected by a jury composed by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga (previously awarded), on over 1,400 applications.

Through an apparent balance between innovation and tradition, avant-garde and old-school, we discover the most recent artistic forms that agitate the English context, according to an experimental, pluralistic and hybrid techniques. The exhibition emerges from a declination of the sign, that is interpreted as an existentialist thought, preceding the art-object: a phenomenology of practice more than material, a new sign of tragedy and heroism. This factor is demonstrated by the graphic works of Yi Dai, Nocturne No. 4, 2014, John Thole, Bruiser, 2014, Marilia Stagkouraki, Melting Duality, 2013, Jane Stobart, Work II, 2013 that represent the design, the immediacy of thought , becoming image and history, within the tension between figuration and abstraction.

The same attitude of thought, is perceived in the black&white pictorial trait by David Cyrus Smith, Sub-angled Wave, 2014, Athena Papadopoulos, Reunion: Old Boys Hotel Party, 2014, Laura O’Neill, Smasha, 2013, Joseph Whitmore , VENT, 2014, Catherine Parsonage, Cut and Slender Joint Alone, 2013, and Deborah Westmancoat, Black Canvas, 2013. Overall, the finalists distinguish themselves for their painting practice, combining technical abilities, innovation and overlap: the meditative and reflective experience of painting emerge by taking shape through the process: the ultimate aim remains the surface that compose the image and its layers.

An entire section is dedicated to videoart and new media, exploring the narratives of documentary, fiction, digital imaging, happening and animation. If Lucy Beech focuses on the psychological, emotional dimension, through characters and biographical stories – Buried Alive, 2013, Matthew Humphreys, emphasizes the dramatic and romantic shades of reality in Goodbye, 2014. Experimental is the by compositional trait by Louise Bradley, Machine, 2013, which focuses on the voice, surrounded by the imaging manipulation and the viewer’s perception, as well as Emeley Neu who works at the limit of spectacular and absurd, in With Choir, 2014. Of particular interest  is the video of Marco Godoy, Claiming the Echo, 2012 in reason of a perfect harmony between architecture, sound and image; political impact is also important, being conducted by a nonviolent protest, filming the collective singing.

The exhibition continues emphasizing individual art practices, through more radical attitudes, as for Tajinder Dhami who explores the hypnotic dimension by synthesis and the repetition of geometric patterns such as for Electric Dream, 2014. In this section, enthusiasm and positivity emerge, characterizing Bloomberg New Contemporaries. The contagious vivacity by Emily Headline inverts the sculptural forms, generating unpredictable rhizomes – A Bodily Capacity, 2014; similarly, the vanity of Jonathan Meira (already at London Art Fair 2015) is manifested in a sand castle: a nice paradox between the maximum of decorative technique and material ephemerality, Castle, 2014.

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 26 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 Photo: Mark Blower

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Photo: Mark Blower

Yi Dai, Nocturne No. 1, 2014. Hair, stockings and acrylic on wood panel, 46 x 70 x 4 cm

Yi Dai, Nocturne No. 1, 2014. Hair, stockings and acrylic on wood panel

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 26 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 Photo: Mark Blower

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Photo: Mark Blower

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 26 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 Photo: Mark Blower

Installation view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Photo: Mark Blower

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è interessata agli aspetti Visivi, Verbali e Testuali che intercorrono nelle Arti Moderne Contemporanee. Da studi storico-artistici presso l’Università Cà Foscari, Venezia, si è specializzata nella didattica e pratica curatoriale, presso lo IED, Roma, e Christie’s Londra. L’ambito della sua attività di ricerca si concentra sul tema della Luce dagli anni ’50 alle manifestazioni emergenti, considerando ontologicamente aspetti artistici, fenomenologici e d’innovazione visuale.

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