Life and times.

Shows over, but if you missed it here’s a video tour of ‘Teeth Cut But Have You Washed Your Hands’ at the Truman Brewery this week!

We’ve been setting up for our London Show in Free Range today!

Opens tomorrow Old Truman Brewery - T2, Brick Lane 6pm.


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Here’s a taster from the Teeth Cut exhibition at AUB Campus Poole Private View.

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Teeth Cut,but have you washed your hands?

My Graduate Show is finally here!

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My first short film.

Check out this film by by friend Angeliki Vrettou. Pretty sweet.

Lessons in Laser cutting

Here’s a sneak peak at some of my work and the background to my artistic practice.

©Esther Langford

10 things I’ve learnt from my Fine Art Degree so far:

  1. Marks are academic valuations, not equivalent to whether you’re work is good or bad. They are just equivalent to academic standards: have you done this this this etc. In the outside world it really won’t be the same, it will be based upon whether someone sees your work and subjectively likes it first before all the back story and work behind it. Will all that stuff help then? Sure it will. But in the grand scheme of an artists career it isn’t as simple as I did well on my units of my degree therefore I must be a fantastic artist.
  2. You don’t have to become conceptual for your work to have a standing with the tutors, you just have to know why you’ve done everything you’ve done. A major struggle with a lot of people over the last 2 and a half years has been surrounding: ‘my work doesn’t have a lot of meaning behind it therefore it isn’t valued on this course.’ Though I make conceptual work now, I realise the struggle is not that representational or aesthetic work is not valued, it is that you have to as an artist of any genre be a aware of all the associations and background knowledge that surrounds your work, to understand that it is communicating the right thing and being projected in the best way.
  3. You’ve got to know yourself and know your practice inside out. Often you’ve even got to know yourself to discover your practice. What you do naturally, is often largely due to who you are as a person, past experience, beliefs etc.
  4. Give yourself license to do exactly what you want to do and don’t let yourself be swayed by others advice unnecessarily. Taking all tutors advice and trying to please others with your work often just results in muddied and confused pieces. So to go back to the previous point if you know yourself and know what you are doing, stand on it and only take on outside thought that helps with your goals.
  5. Be confident about what you do. Being apologetic doesn’t make a good presentation, even though you think it might show your awareness of weaknesses. Sure say where you could have improved but confidence convinces, apologetic might make others agree with you unnecessarily. Again know your practice and you won’t be so insecure about it.
  6. Know that though it is a course that is judged academically and therefore objectively (hopefully) on that basis, art is still almost entirely subjective and you can’t get away from that. Some people will like it some will hate it and that’s just fine.
  7. Presentation is key. Even if you are so conceptual it hurts, bad presentation negatively influences a great idea. Great presentation helps your ideas to be better translated to the audience.
  8. Everything is always seen by others in context even if you are unconscious of this. 'Ways of Seeing' by John Berger is entirely a book that should be read by all Fine Art students. Know what the context says as much as the piece you are showing.
  9. Reading Philosophy of Art theories pieces together all the pieces of the fuzzy art world puzzle and keys you in as to why the Fine Art World thinks the way it does now. Otherwise you can feel slightly stranded in the dark when you see pieces such as Michael craig-Martin’s ‘An Oak Tree’.
  10. Make the most of all the facilities and opportunities you have a available to you whilst studying. Afterwards you’re going to have to find all those things for yourself and it’s probably going to cost.

Review of TodaysArt Festival 2013.

So grateful to have been a part of the volunteer team for such a great event.

What’s going on here?? Be at St.Peter Port Seafront GSY 9th June 10am-5pm To find out.

How Stereotypically British are you?

Find out by taking part in ‘Flow Chat’ an interactive flow charted conversation at ‘Encounter’ Lower Gardens, Bourenmouth Town Centre: Saturday 27th April, Sunday 28th April, 4th May, 5th May at 3pm.