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  • Layla Moore, Satellite Interaction, 2015
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  • David Vargas, 2015
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  • Nadia Perrotta, Waiting for the Tide, 2015
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  • Maria Fukerova, 2015
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  • Ben Crawford, Hoo, 2015
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  • Lois Proctor, Memory Recall
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  • Ida Cholewinska, The Mulch Dance Stas (Taniec Chochola Stas), 2015
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  • Laura Hepworth, Matter to Man, Man to Matter, 2015
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  • Evdokia Georgiou, 2015
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Wed 9 Sep - Sun 15 Nov 2015

This autumn, Turner Contemporary showcases the talent of emerging artists from Kent, as part of the Platform Graduate Award.

Aiming to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent, this year's Platform exhibition showcases the work of nine graduates from three Kent Universities:

University for the Creative Arts (Laura Hepworth, Layla Moore, David Vargas), University of Kent (Ben Crawford, Evdokia Georgiou, Nadia Perrotta) and Canterbury Christ Church University (Ida Cholewinska, Lois Proctor, Maria Fukerova).

These nine artists work in a wide range of media, from film and installation, watercolour and oil painting, to wax sculpture. Their work draws on themes of identity, the exploration of texture, memory, human relationships and the relationship between art and science.

Platform is a coalition of visual arts organisations in the South East, consisting of Margate’s Turner Contemporary, Portsmouth’s Aspex, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion, Milton Keynes’ MK Gallery and Oxford’s Modern Art Oxford, and has been initiated by CVAN (Contemporary Visual Art Network South East). Each organisation has selected graduates from within their immediate geographical reach for their exhibitions. One Platform artist from each gallery will be put forward to be considered for the Platform Graduate Award 2015, receiving a £2500 bursary and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional. The overall Platform Award winner from across the five South East venues will be announced on 31 October 2015 at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.

Seaside Radio is the official media partner of Turner Contemporary’s Platform 2015 exhibition.

Please note that access to the exhibition in the Clore Learning Studio opens on Wednesday 7 October 2015. 

Platform artists' statements

Ben Crawford
University of Kent
Ben Crawford creates multi-screen films that blend documentary, narrative and fiction. Driven by an exploration of the landscape, the communities that live there and their interactions with their surroundings, his films focus on the habits and details of the everyday. Ben’s filming process is organic; while shooting he is often found investigating the intricacies of fishing boats, interviewing people in local pubs and leaping out of the way of tractors. These diversions often dictate the direction the film takes.

David Vargas
University for the Creative Arts
David Vargas’ practice stems from combining materials that boast a captivating texture and finish. Using expanding foam, gold leaf and liquid rubber latex, David’s provocative works explore texture through the use of tactile materials.

“This process allows me to communicate how my mind observes and unpacks the raw delicacy and beauty of textures and materials within the aesthetics and design of everything that surrounds me, from architecture and graphic design to fashion.”

In doing so, the viewer is enticed towards the work and is encouraged to become more visually conscious, identifying the individual materials within the work as a whole.

Evdokia Georgiou
University of Kent
“My sculptures, installations and interactive works transform a series of familiar, ordinary objects into new possibilities of colour, shape, material and encounter.”

Interested in the social behaviour of humans, Evdokia’s playful wax and plaster sculptures question both the functionality of objects and how the systems which determine everyday life and society are expected to function.

Evdokia’s interactive installations analyse how humans engage with everyday domestic objects, creating new dialogues between them, their meaning, materials and arrangement in space.

Ida Cholewinska
Canterbury Christ Church University
Acting as an ode to lost Polish identity in the myriad of British culture, Ida Cholewinska’s work is inspired by Stanislaw Wyspianski’s 19th century drama The Wedding (a tale that remarks on Poland’s fractured political situation).

Her work attempts to satirise the dichotomy of stagnant traditions and obsolete religious beliefs, exploring how the past can affect the development of national identity. Ida often uses Polish costume as a template, a canvas on which to overlay paint or printed sections. Combining symbols characteristic of both cultures, Ida’s work uses memory in an attempt to bridge the gap between her past and present.

Laura Hepworth
University for the Creative Arts
Laura Hepworth’s work examines the themes of creation and connection: “how few of us wonder how they were created and what connections we may have with endless vista of stars and galaxies. Do we ever stop to consider what lies in the darkness? Research implies that there is every chance the universe formed from something undetectable by the human eye: dark matter.”

Laura’s practise utilises drawings and scale installations to define and explore the relationship between art and science. By creating a series of evolving works, Laura strives to make individuals more aware of their own connections to the universe.

The structuring of stars and galaxies becomes a dominant motif in Laura’s work, evolving from geometrical drawings to the making of gigantic webs. 

Layla Moore
University for the Creative Arts
The invitation to touch has been appropriated by the online world through screens and surfaces. Yet the space beyond the screen has no tactility, no sensory or physical experience, only the illusion of one. Layla Moore’s use of impromptu and casual production comes from a desire to reconnect with physicality.

“I build with an interest in how the materials feel, connect and can be handled. Materials used in construction and household situations form the basis of my modular sculptures.”

Mundane objects taken out of their usual function are combined with construction materials to become new, un-useful objects with a limited form, colour and textural palette. These individual pieces create a modular ‘set’ to build with. When building Laura tests the physical and functional limits of these pieces.

Lois Proctor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Lois Proctor’s work is inspired by the landscapes of Northern Cyprus, an area that she’s visited many times with her family. Each piece of work is produced from memories and experiences from a particular place. Competing with her fading memory, Lois invented a methodology of chance to recreate the landscape with accidental mark making. Using a range of mediums – from watercolour to charcoal - she deliberately kept to a small scale, making each piece correspond to a thought or memory, a delicate idea echoed by thin charcoal shades or washes of watercolour. The display of Lois’ work is made up of her favourite drawings, selected from each time frame, demonstrating the deterioration of memory.

Nadia Perrotta
University of Kent
Working with film, installation and creative writing, Nadia Perrotta engages with communities to create collective works of art. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she absorbs the traditional topics of art and memory into daily practice as an act of meditation. Exploring both the intrusion of man in nature and the power residing in nature itself, her work questions where the limits of our intrusion should end.

Nadia’s work examines the link between the landscape’s reality and the people who are embedded and absorbed in it. Inspired by the theory of a possible universal memory retained by water, her work investigates the dynamics of landscape and the versatility of natural forces.

Maria Fukerova
Canterbury Christ Church University
Once upon a time somewhere in Central Europe in a little green house with a small farm there was a little girl with her head full of fantasy/daydreams. “Majka..” shouted her grandmother, “come inside, it’s about to rain”. Usually Majka would not listen, but she knew if she came into her grandmother’s house that a world of creativity would be waiting for her. Her grandmother was one of the last preserving the traditions of Slovak folk art and songs.

The Slovak ornament; its effortless simplicity of form and endless sets of possibilities has become the basis of my work. Slovak motifs and themes: the tree, spiral, yoga, tradition, ornament, womanhood, sexuality, new life – these are my references. My work is inspired by the book The Return of the Slavics. When Christianity was forced upon the Slavic people their songs were abolished. A different language was forced upon them and their sacred wood, the trees to which the Slavics came to pray, were chopped down.

The trees caught the everyday prayers of people, their disappointments, their pain, love, excitement. My sculptures are my tree collection. The forms are built around the positions of Hatha yoga, forms that can heal the self through inner discovery, and relieve the mind and body of the pains and woes of the world which surrounds us. 


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