Nina Jesih is from Slovenia and is currently in the midst of an MA Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University. She has been at 44AD artspace since September 2016 and was recently presented with the opportunity to curate 44AD artspace’s Annual Open Summer Show eighthwonder. Project Director Katie O’Brien ‘handed over the reins’ which gave Nina the opportunity to experience the curation of an open show first hand.
David Wood / Watching Watching / 6’00’’
Christian Noelle Charles / Cc Time-An Introduction To The Narcissistic Mind
5’50’’ / 2017
44AD’s first open call summer exhibition was held in 2013 and opened on 8th August, thus deciding to name the show eighthwonder. Another significant feature of the show is the prescribed size of all the artworks: within the format of an A2 framework.
Tonia Gunstone / Bubble /photograph Ella Shepard / Wake / giclee fine art print
Charlie Wayne / Dean / Marilyn Paul Hartley / Blur (Standing) Ella Shepard / Ignite
This year’s proposed theme was ‘identity’. Nina Jesih chose this subject because it is much talked about all around the world, especially at this moment in time. She hoped that the open call would bring together the work of many international artists and that the variety of artworks would show a different understanding of what this word means to different people.
Diane Hill Citrus Circus
mixed media, assemblage
Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib / Innocence/Repression/Blindness/Sofia.
The first, most fundamental law of thought, according to the philosopher Aristotle, is the LAW OF IDENTITY: ‘A thing is identical with itself’.
A thing is what it is; it cannot be a different thing. No two things can be exactly the same.
Law of Identity was therefore a convenient title for the exhibition.
‘Identity seems like a paradoxical idea – to be identical to something is to be the same, but to have an identity is to be unique. These two objects are identical, but I am not the same as anyone else’, described Will Barton, a communication psychologist, at the talk he had in the gallery.
Nick Greenglass /Gentle Polygon
Brian Gibson / Art is a Concept By Which We Measure our Social Status, Version 1
Jeannie Brown /Mind Map One / oil and acrylic on wood
Sophie Erin Cooper / The Things I Remembered /mixed media
Human identity is constructed in many ways. The world is full of people, who channel their own identity into everyday life. Be it is as individual expressions of character; through spirituality, culture, intellect and materialism. As a group through nationality, religion and politics. Or perhaps via object and industry – directing the veneer of corporate branding.
Jeni Wood / None of This is True / indian ink on acrylic with printed photo, acrylic on canvas, watercolour
However, what do we actually mean, when we classify something as identity? What does this broad concept of existing as someone or something in particular, mean?
The more we think about identity, the more we wonder just what it is. The more we think about our identity, the less we are sure who we are.
And exactly this is what the exhibition explored.
Bettina Amtag / Let Them Look All They Want / gilded papier-mâché, velvet cushion
Louise Thompson / First Impressions
Ruth Davies /Identity – Refugee / acrylic paint
Chloe Brenan / The Hole in the Donut
Charlie Hammond / Executive Realness / oil pastel on paper
Charlie Hammond /Mopping / oil pastel on paper
Silvia Lerin / F-Turquoise Pansy / acrylic and oil on canvas and wood
I am not one and simple, but complex and many. Virginia Woolf, The Waves