Parasol Unit


14 Sep - 14 Oct 2012

© Sean Steadman
Green Bather, 2012
Courtesy the artist
EXPOSURE 12 Award:
Lulu MacDonald, Sean Steadman and Dante Rendle Traynor
14 September - 14 October 2012

Now in its fourth year, EXPOSURE Award has gained increasing recognition for giving winning graduates from a UK art school the opportunity to exhibit work in a professional context. Showing alongside Bharti Kher, the main exhibition at Parasol unit, and coinciding with Frieze Art Fair, the winners of EXPOSURE 12 Award benefit from exposure to an international audience.
Lulu MacDonald (BFA in Fine Art) Lulu’s installations evoke misremembered or destroyed ambits, tactile fantasies of the city’s edges and surfaces. These subconscious and subliminal landscapes evolve from a close reading of discourse and neuroses surrounding the condition of the city. At its centre lies the female explorer as stunted agent attempting a re-positioning of the urban dialogue – a re-defining that would allow her to continue beyond the given borders.
Sean Steadman (BA Hons in Fine Art) Sean’s work exposes the conflicted permutations and anxieties of authenticity in culture, with reference to the role of the image. Making figurative paintings, Sean switches from computer modelling to analogue mark-making; this provisional source material is transcribed and collated onto the canvas using a projector. Adopting a cohesive and synthetic way of constructing paintings, Sean explores how themes such as authorship, collage and depth of field endure a coercively influential existence through branding ideology, advertising and graphic design.
Dante Rendle Traynor (BA Hons in Fine Art) Dante Rendle Traynor’s Show explores the presence of intense anxiety in the slip from the hyper-meaningful to the excruciatingly meaningless. Arbitrarily set in a desperate and dystopian art-world, a network of skeletal characters and dysfunctional relationships rapidly form and dissolve among a landscape of inanimate and semi-animate objects, stream-of-consciousness babble, and hammy technical choreography. The bearded and babyish protagonist is a skeletal and desperate character himself: the artist and curator (he thinks) of this exhibition-within-an-exhibition.
The judging panel for EXPOSURE 12 Award was comprised of Professor Susan Collins, Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art; Andrew Stahl, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Head of Undergraduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art; and Ziba Ardalan, Director/Curator of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
About EXPOSURE Award
The annual EXPOSURE Award celebrates the work of art school graduates and gives them an opportunity to exhibit their work to an international audience. Each year Parasol unit selects three winning artists from a UK art school. The judging panel selects three graduates, who are invited to present a month-long exhibition at Parasol unit. Winners of EXPOSURE 09 were Sonny Sanjay Vadgama, Mark Dennis and Chris Gomersall of Central St Martins. Winners of EXPOSURE 10 were Leah Capaldi, Kate Liston and Lea Provenzano, of the Royal College of Art. Winners of EXPOSURE 11 were Jack Friswell, Kate Shepherd and Rebecca Turner, all graduates of Wimbledon College of Art. In 2012 Parasol unit has been delighted to collaborate with Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

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