Summer heralds the degree show season in the UK: these exhibitions launch careers and change lives amidst an exhilarating atmosphere of youthful gumption, hubris and enthusiasm. The annual graduate show at the Royal College of Art (RCA), which features artworks across disciplines from photography to sculpture, is currently taking place at the College’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington. Reflecting the growing interest and development of the performance element in Fine Art, this year’s show features a cornucopia of works made live by students from all programmes.
Amongst the list of promising talents is , whose paintings tread on a sensory threshold between physical and psychological spaces. ’s photographs question the unstable boundary between the familiar and the foreign, reconceptualising the patriarchal nature of Caucasian culture. The Printmaking programme at RCA is also particularly strong, as evidenced by the impressive selection of works on display this year. ’s practice is very much memorable: she conflates the role of the performer and the function of spectacle in her work, fusing print and audiovisual materials together. The Sculpture graduates touch on themes including time, human interaction and landscape - ’s installations stand out for their structural precision and decisively placed colours.
The RCA graduate show will run until 30 June (closed on 28 June in both locations).
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All images courtesy of the RCA.