Fine Art Research
Fine Art at the University of Sunderland.
'space/social space' provides an overarching framework for the range of research activity currently on going within Fine Art at U of S. Research here has increasingly focussed on issues of space in relation to a public audience, and space ( types of space ) encountered as physical or immaterial space.
Eric Bainbridge's research has two trajectories, firstly continuing his long standing interest in ways to continue and re-evaluate modernist languages in sculpture, and a rationale for continuation. A more recent focus has been on the contemporary experience of the popular magazine page post digital technology, through the technique of collage. Bainbridge has also led a two year (continuing ) project developing billboard images related to `a public message', (with James Hutchinson ) Bainbridge has had recent exhibitions in UK, Italy, Denmark, and forthcoming exhibitions at, Camden Art Centre London and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.
James Hutchinson's research sits in the territory defined as `digital'. His output has origins in the physical processes of drawing, painting and printmaking. His preference is to draw with a mobile phone or construct `sculpture and objects' through the use of appropriate software. He has also taken imagery from digital sources into the physical world , through commissioned work in schools and businesses. Hutchinson has had recent exhibitions in UK France Germany Sweden and USA, and forthcoming exhibitions UK and France.
Ralf Broeg's long standing project using the format of the magazine as an experimental alternative exhibition space for art/art projects, engages with space as both private and public , as well as it's impermanence. His paintings and sculptures refer to immaterial space whilst remaining resolutely physical. In addition to the magazine exhibition space his research also considers the potential for a sculptural object to be also a gallery. Broeg has had recent exhibitions in Germany and USA and has forthcoming exhibitions in Germany.
Lothar Goetz's research examines the effect of colour in the form of large scale `wall painting' on existing or planned architectural spaces. He is interested in the legacy and reinterpretation of modernist idealism. As well as projects for domestic living spaces Goetz has carried out large works in public buildings and amenities such as hospitals underground stations and businesses, where the experimental use of colour is employed to articulate architecture. Goetz has had recent exhibitions in UK Spain, Switzerland, and Germany, and forthcoming exhibitions in Germany and UK.