Inkjet print on Hahnemühle fine art baryta satin
Edition of 3
Dimensions: 45cm (H) x 55cm (W) / 17.7" (H) x 21.7" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Edition 1 of 3
Encounters - the Nature of Materials (2018) is an installation and photographic project by Carlos Sebastia and Jane Pickersgill.
The artists met whilst studying together on the Masters (Fine Art) at University of the Arts London from which they graduated in 2018. Carlos is now based in Valencia, Spain whilst Jane lives and works in London, UK.
This project expresses their mutual interest in working between 2D and 3D and in the manipulation of perception by these processes. The physical materials employed were steel, aluminium, wood, paper and rigid acrylic sheet. Imagery was overlaid onto the sculptural objects by way of projection.
Carlos's practice is more experiential than Jane’s. It revolves around creative photography, video installations and painting. Her practice is more materially focussed; usually starting with investigations into form; a natural consequence of her previous career as a fashion designer.
These images represent phase 2 of a collaborative project which was conceived whilst the artists were on a residency together.
Phase 1 is a large installation of sculptural objects with projected lighting. This was photographed and a further installation was made with the large format photographic print forming a surface with an installation placed in front of and upon it: including a further projection. Thus, 3D became 2D and was then returned to 3D.
Phase 2 is a project involving photography, paper and lighting small sculptures employed in Phase 1.
With a desire to return to the physical materials from which the original images evolved the artists photographed some of the sculptural components in extreme close up. The resulting images were then folded, cut and manipulated with lighting before reprinting. The aim is to confound, to confuse the viewer. The observer has agency in the finished work – having to determine precise form, and scale. There is a monolithic and monumental quality to them, despite the modest materials used. It could be said that they play into a contemporary strain of surrealism.
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Carlos is an international artist currently living in Spain. He received a Fine Arts Degree from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, he studied also at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing) and London for his MFA at UAL (University of Arts of London) which finished with distinctions.
His works have been exhibited in Spain, Portugal, France, USA, China, Austria, and the UK, in different festivals, art fairs or galleries, like most recently in Galería Shiras in Valencia and Estampa art fair in Madrid.
Sebastiá was selected and awarded by different art prizes like “La Rural” or “Isabel Comenge” in Spain, also nominated to the BEST PHOTOGRAPHY at DALI INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL in China.
He has completed artist residencies in Iceland on the occasion of the Fresh Wind International Art Biennale, Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom and China.
Some of his works are in important private collections as for instance, DKV Collection is considered one of the best collections of young artists in Spain and Comenge Foundation.
The artist lives and works in London having graduated with a Masters Fine Art from the University of the Arts London in 2018.
Prior to her masters, she worked as a successful fashion designer (her first degree was a BA Hons fashion). It is a field that she draws upon in her interdisciplinary art practice. Of interest is the transformation of banal materials into desirable objects, and the way in which contemporary culture fetishizes these. Architectural edifice – iconic super modern buildings - operate as a metaphor for personal ambition. Her research takes in social mobility, urban renewal, the commodification and allure of city life, and the promise of change which it presents to a continual influx of newcomers.
She participated in the Processions 14-18 national event: commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage. Subsequently, she has been engaged in an ongoing project Honouring my Grandmother Whilst Escaping her Legacy. Her maternal grandmother (of that enfranchised generation) played a formative role in her upbringing. The work interrogates and celebrates, skills she learnt from her grandmother which empowered her. She is re-contextualising these in her art practice: particularly manifest in the current series of works titled Couture Drawing.
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