Claire Farrell is an artist from Ayrshire now based in Glasgow and studying BA(Hons) Photography at Edinburgh Napier university.
Farrell often starts projects from an intuitive notion and build from sketches to a series of works which she aims to use in exhibitions. Farrell also curates small exhibitions and is currently working on a project for dyslexia awareness.
Katy Hundertmark is a Scottish-German artist with a special interest in the threshold of the visual and performing arts. She was born in Oman in 1992 and raised in Germany, where she received her initial education in Visual Communication. After a year of specialisation at the Photography Department of Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem she decided to pursue her studies in Scotland and now holds an MLitt Degree in Photography and Moving Image from the Glasgow School of Art. Over the past years her work has been exhibited internationally in Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy and China.
Resonating between performance and the visual arts Hundertmark´s work investigates and explores the concept of identity and it´s entanglements, while paying close attention to the female position throughout history. Her practice has a strong connection to theatre and is driven by a desire to make sense of the complex relationships between greater cultural and historical concepts that influence and make up the human entity. By predominantly using her own self as the vantage point and implementation of such inquiries, the staged self-portrait has become the main embodiment to capture the personas she adopts and transformations she undertakes to fulfil those ambitions. Recently her practice has made a considerable shift towards multi disciplinary art forms, using the gallery space as the stage and translating her narrative images into materials and notions within it, rather than restraining to the photograph as the exclusive form of manifestation.
Caitlyn Main is a twenty-three year old Scottish artist, who graduated from Grays’ School of Art in 2015 with a first class degree in Contemporary Art Practice, with a specialty in printmaking. Over the last year and a half she has participated within a wide range of residencies across Scotland and internationally, including the Emerging Artist Residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and facilitated and taught large scale drawing projects in Aberdeen.
Main’s practice is concerned with intimacy. She places equal value upon the subtle traces of physical contact, in the tarnishing and wearings upon the surface of an object, and the digital spaces existing within modern technologies. Apps and their uses as contemporary platforms of interaction generate an instant archive of exchange, and mirror the physical remnants of touch. Main’s work often takes the form of drawing, and she has a continued interest in notions of diagram, documentation and forms of mark-making within the medium. Her work also comprises of found and/or made objects, video work, minuscule installation and digital imagery. Through placement, installation and integration into space, her work is often structurally impermanent and alludes to the texture of the everyday. The appearance of temporality is prominent, and it is important that the supporting mechanisms of an assemblage are visible, as a reminder that the work has been (recently) touched. There is an attempt to create a feeling of familiarity, marrying the realms of gallery and domestic through materials; blu-tack, tape and marshmallows. In this in-between place of mundane matter, things do not remain stagnant; they evolve or are remade, they are destroyed or documented or shown or multiply. It is important to acknowledge these moments of play, of uncertainty. Not-knowing is a process which Main uses within her practice to instigate new forms, structures and mark through welcoming the unknown into the studio. ‘The artist develops methods for surrendering to a fall from knowledge, as the dancer practices yielding to gravity’s pull. The studio becomes a gymnasium where thoughts and forms like limbs are made to stretch and flex, arc and fold.’ (Emma Cocker, Tactics for Not Knowing: Preparing for the Unexpected’).
Currently, Main is intrigued by proclamations of authenticity in objects, experiences and emotions.
Leontios Toumpouris is a GSA MLitt Sculpture graduate (2016). He is currently based in Glasgow.
Leontios Toumpouris moves between disciplines to investigate the appropriation of qualities, properties, methodologies and gestures and invent ways to physically manifest transitions. In his recent practice he conducts a shift from painting to its sculptural embodiment. The surface’s tension and its flatness, its relation to volume, the planar view, layering and the limitation of the surface, attuned with the experience of performing painting, are explored via abstraction and a material-oriented creation of objects. Non-linearity is employed to indicate an open-ended approach to causality.
Martha Webb, UAL [Wimbledon College of Art] BA in Theatre & Screen, Design for Performance, 2013, is a Glasgow, Scotland based clothing designer and photographer. She works mainly in cloth and 35mm film. Her practice takes interest in the colour and form of landscape, nostalgia, the accumulation of collectable objects and the development of narrative through clothing and scene.
Martha is currently working on a clothing collection called ‘every time I go to look the sun gets in my eyes’ using Japanese Denim. The collection is designed with features of practical and protective clothing. She draws influence from the idea that within the natural world, blue is scientifically an extremely uncommon colour. By creating clothing in a highly intensive blue, she hopes to see how they might react set within a Landscape.
In her free-time she takes photographs of her travels and turns them into linen postcards. She uses the texture of linen paper to create a soft painterly effect. Using colour and texture to create nostalgia, souvenir greetings or small 90mm x 140mm windows of ‘wish you were here’s’.
Simon Weins was born in Germany and lives in Glasgow. He graduated from the MLitt in Fine Art Practice course at Glasgow School of Art in 2016 after attending the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht, Netherlands for this undergraduate degree. In recent years he has exhibited regularly in Scotland, the Netherlands and Germany. Currently, Simon is working on a 16mm film for ‘Overgangszone’ – a research project at a quarry near Maastricht.
Each thing can be seen as an embodiment of a specific history, which gives this thing a singular place in the unfolding of the universe. The same thing can also be seen as part of one becoming, that connects it with everything there every was – this makes sense, not only from a rational perspective, in which this specific thing is connected to other things in a chain of events, but even more so, if it is observed in its ubiquitous appearance with everything that forms part of our subjective experience in any given moment. This duality creates a paradoxical situation in which our mind creates conceptions of reality and then there is reality itself.
Weins sees his practice as an ingenuous attempt to come to peace with how things are. By placing my work directly in the osmotic relationship of an object, its environment and ourselves, Weins creates mostly ephemeral works that interact with their environment. Currently this is done by (mis)using obsolete technologies and combing them with found materials, resulting in multimedia installations that can include sound, moving image, architectural interventions, photography, sculptures and performances.
GSA Fine Art BA graduate 2015. Recent exhibitions include: Pendolino, The New Glasgow Society, Glasgow (January 2017); Blipful, Crownpoint Gallery, Glasgow (October 2016); Bartholomew’s Waltz (with BART WALTZ collective), The Glue Factory, Glasgow, and Gayfield Space, Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Art Festival (July and August 2016).
Jessie Whiteley’s work is driven by imagination and an interest in the process of living. Her research is varied but deals with themes of humanity, stories in cultures, our relationship to nature and animals, and what makes societies operate. Primarily working through painting and drawings, I approach these with a faith in my intuition, with starting points from the subconscious and collected imagery. Whiteley also collaborates with other artists in the group ‘Bart Waltz’ to put on events and sets.