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Between Space and Place

Feb 14 2006 23:58
Keith Brown
An art exhibition of works by the Royal College of Art sculpture students Hannah Brown, Clara Collings and Katrina Palmer.
Now you find the cacti

With a title such as ?Between space and place,? you may be forgiven for thinking that this is about Imperial?s general building activities. However, it is actually an opportunity for you pop up and see some contemporary sculptures in the Sherfield Building, when you have a minute.

There is an air of horror to the overall show. This is probably created by the intimate reach of the work and the references to objects and scenes, which this reporter finds familiar to that seen on the big screen.

Hannah Brown?s work is in this reporter's opinion particularly interesting since it is not all strictly 3D. Her work seems to capture the mundane and make it interesting in ?Original Copy? and ?Everywhere/Nowhere Souvenir.? This reporter believes that she is also highlighting the mundane in the very topical ?UNREQUITED DONATION EXPOS?.? Although this piece may seem slightly self-absorbed if looked at from one viewpoint, this reporter did not see it as such. Except for those blessed with animal magnetism, how many of us have wanted to expose our unrequited love for all to see but were too modest to do so? The cacti are a bit cheeky.

The comparatively immense ?Core? by Clara Collings is exciting. Is it a representation of the classical human core ? the heart? Is it simply an interpretation of the core of a volcano or some other geological feature? Geologist?s, please criticise as appropriate (for the rocks, not hearts). Either way it is an interesting form, with much gravity.

Katrina Palmer?s ?C.O.D. Massive Trauma? is split into two objects. This reporter managed to walk past one that he knew was there, so make sure you look for them both. Their size does ensure that if you want to, you have to get close to look carefully. The colours used are unpleasant and gory. The difference between the hard and soft natures of the material in Palmer?s sculptures is interesting but still a bit uncomfortable to this reporter, possibly due to the vulnerability of soft materials to hard materials.

To see some interesting contemporary sculpture at Imperial all you need to do is slip up to the Blyth Gallery whilst going through the Sherfield Building. The gallery is on the fifth floor. The exhibition is open from Monday ? Sunday from 9am ? 10pm, until 26 February 2006. A private view is being held on Tuesday 21 February 2006 6-8:30 pm.

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