It’s great to see new work by new graduate artists and finding out what their work is about. Bloomberg Contemporaries has established itself as a springboard for recent graduates. 46 artists have been chosen for this years extensive exhibition at the ICA https://www.ica.org.uk/ There is much diversity amongst the work with some exciting new twists to approaches in making art. Work that stood out for me and to only name a few were by:
Isabelle ZhiZhi Southwood’s wall drawing, ‘Homer Wake Up You’re’ Alive Steven Morgana’s light sculpture ‘It Was All Ephemeral as a Rainbow’ and Fatma Bucak’s video piece ‘Blessed are you who come-conversation at the Turkish Armenian border 2012, which made me giggle. In fact there is a lot of humor in the show. Isabelle’s wall drawing is based on an episode in which Homer has eaten some ill prepared blow fish, and is by all accounts dead. Marge then notices that his drool is still warm and shouts: ‘Homer wake up you are still alive!’ Desperation meets with the ridiculous is the underlying theme of her work and broiling and beneath the wasabi, pepper and mustard paint wall drawing she is not joking.
Homer the philosopher and Greek poet quoted in the Illiad: “Why so much grief for me? No man will hurl me down to death, against my fate. And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it, neither brave man nor coward, I tell you – it’s born with us the day that we are born.”
And Homer Simpson certainly shares this fatalism with his namesake when he says: ‘Don’t let Krusty’s death get you down, boy. People die all the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow’.