Look Closer Exhibition- A Review

I was going to blog about this on friday but I couldn’t get to the opening night on thursday, friday I checked the website of the place where it is being held and it didn’t seem to be open, so I ended up going on saturday.

The exhibition is of 2nd Year Photo Art students work, held in the Riverfront Theatre, Newport. I thought this would be handy to see as a reference tool for myself as I will be a second year myself next year.  I thought it would be nice to see the work so I could see, myself, what was expected of us next year and also to support the students on my course.

The exhibition areas are a room upstairs where a couple of students displayed works, one being an installation of a room with photographic elements and crumpled notes, photos printed onto fabric and a video piece.  The main exhibition is downstairs and consisted of sculpture, installation, photos and video pieces.  The piece I mostly enjoyed was one which was in a clear tank that was sealed with hinges, it looked like the kind of display box that would be put around a valuable art work.  The box contained a screwed up paper ball, just that, at the bottom, and nothing else.  It got me thinking about what may be written on that piece of paper, could it be some valuable piece of information, a confession, a letter or something that was not valuable at all, like a menu or a shopping list.  It wasn’t, in my mind what I thought or expected from a Photo Art exhibition, I imagined that the space would be filled with photos of different things.

I was pleasantly surprised about what I saw, the level of quality about the work and the unexpectedness of it.  The works there shattered my expectations, made me think and examine what was there.

The work was really well thought out and displayed well, the exhibition rooms themselves large enough that works didnt encroach onto each other and it was visually stimulating.

The website for the works and artists is www.uwnlookcloser.com and the Riverfront’s website is here http://www.newport.gov.uk/theriverfront/

I would love to write more about the artworks on display at the exhibition but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to go and see it!  If you are in the area, go!  You won’t be disappointed!

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