Selected works and catalogue launch from the Student Series at Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
Customarily, the introduction to a representative group show discusses the difficulty of selecting the group. As always, this show is an effort to tell a certain story. In this case, it is a story about the Ilam School of Fine Arts, and what students at the School are doing.
This show is drawn from the Student Series at Ilam Campus Gallery. The catalogue, which is being launched in conjunction with this show, details that series.
The artists work is all, obviously, different, but certain themes do emerge.
Batty’s work, with clear links to John Panting and William Tucker, explores modernist heroism, both domesticating and estranging their formal adventurism. Ducan looks at performances of self and body. Logan produces awkwardly appropriated artefacts, plundering imagery. The violence of femininity provides a context for Scott’s explorations of disgust and abjection.