This must be the busiest private view I have been to in a while. Camberwell College is famous for these nights, having the show for every single popular course in the college. Now, Camberwell is definitely the most ‘conceptual’ of the University of the Arts colleges. Even the Graphics pathways tend to be more on the abstract side. Also, I’ve probably never seen a BA Drawing exhibition with no drawings whatsoever.
I started with Graphic Design. There were some visually pleasing projects, which immediately caught my eye. From pretty drawings displaying a high level of skills to immaculate information graphics, it looked promising.
As I am anything but a fan of triangles (so 2010) I was amused to see the only piece at the back of the room featuring an impending yellow triangle of doom.
For the rest, the pathway boasted a large array of nicely bound books and lasercut objects. Sadly, concept wasn’t always explained and some pieces looked like they were simply left there (like two quite beautiful etchings depicting digital shapes just resting against the wall on top of a tiny ledge). The printmaking department also hosted all the recent work done in the studio. I wasn’t particularly impressed as most pieces shown there we simply ‘safe’ visual options without that much experimenting. One piece stood out merely due to the technique used and its shear size. I do also love CMYK dots.
Next was illustration. I am always sceptical about illustration at Camberwell because the work and its quality varies so much. Some pieces really worked, both conceptually and aesthetically.
Ranging from a crazy space-room to technically impressive drawings, the show was overall showcasing interesting projects.
Sadly, certain pieces simply did not look like something you would like to hand in as a final project. I only managed a quick look at Painting and Drawing, because the show was closing down and people were moving on to the Hermit’s Cave down near Camberwell Green.
The fine art element of these pathways was not too arrogant and explanations were provided, allowing the viewer to actually interact with the work (contrary to the Goldsmith’s exhibition in the Church I wrote about earlier this week).
As always though, some pieces were simply way out of my league.
I would like to apologise for not including any links in this article. There were very few business cards lying about and because of the crowd I did not manage to write down names…