Art students showcase work at exhibition

“What's great about this exhibition and the course at Staffs is that it really stretches students to branch out and try new ideas.”

Jayne Foster, BA(Hons) Fine Art

Interactive paintings and Pop Art inspired collages feature in an eclectic art exhibition by Staffordshire University students.

Smörgåsbord opens on Friday 1 May and showcases the artwork of first and second year Fine Art students who have been working throughout the year to produce an exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography, installation and moving image.

Second year student Jayne Foster challenges traditional art gallery etiquette with her paintings of sculptures and encourages viewers to interact with her work, even suggesting they lie on floor to see them from a different perspective.

“Galleries today generally have a 'look but don't touch' rule with alarms, barriers and security guards but I've always had the compulsion to get up close to works of art.” said Jayne.

Low Flying Objects comprises paintings suspended from the ceiling that are designed to be looked at from an unconventional angle.

“What's great about this exhibition and the course at Staffs is that it really stretches students to branch out and try new ideas.”

“I really want people to view the paintings in ways they might not usually. You can go behind them and see the backs of the canvasses and get right up close.”

Fellow student Amy Staton has used elements of the Pop Art movement in her eye catching collage Multipliplicate.

“I've used vibrant colours and repetition to mimic the presence of mass produced images in our daily lives.” explained Amy.

“Adverts influence what we buy and how we form our identities and hopefully my piece will make people stop and think about that.”

Also on display will be an unusual sculpture by Damian Massey made from materials recycled from his previous creations.

He said: “Whenever I make a sculpture I don't keep it. I dismantle it and use it to make another sculpture and keep repeating the process. It's an ever evolving piece of art, it's like its own life form.”

“The exhibition's a great chance to get feedback from the public about my sculpture and I can use that to inform my next piece of work.”

Smörgåsbord opens on Friday 1 May, from 6pm to 8:30pm and continues 2 May 10am to 4pm in the Cadman Fine Art Building on College Road.

The opening night offers free refreshments and beverages.


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