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Student ‘vultures’ stage weekend sculpture exhibition


Sculpture students from Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art are hosting a pop-up exhibition this weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April) in Aberdeen city centre.

Vulturious sculpture exhibitionThe exhibition, at The Academy on Belmont Street, is the combined artistic practices of thirteen third-year students and includes wood and bronze sculpture, photography, and performance and sound installations.

The exhibition is entitled ‘Vulturious’ to reflect the students’ – known as ‘The Vultures’ – hunger and curiosity for arts and culture in the city. As part of their course, the students were asked to stage an exhibition to engage the Aberdeen public and were solely responsible for sourcing and negotiating a space to hold the show and for curating their work.

Rachael Lewis (20) from Albyn Grove has created a full chess set sculpture with each piece individually cast from bronze, on a board made from mirror and wax. The squares of the board have been unusually cut and melted with wax to render the game unplayable – blurring the lines between what is real and what is illusion.

Rachael comments: “The chess board, with its two opposing sides, reflects the struggle that goes on between the media and society. I’m asking the audience to question what is real and what has been generated or ‘hyped’ in the media to create a story. I wanted to design something that represented this search for the truth as a battle with no obvious winner.

“I recently spent two weeks at a bronze casting residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop to learn about how to pour bronze and wanted to use this new skill to create an original piece for this exhibition.”

Fellow artist Marina Burt from Cults, has created a series of individual bronze pieces including baby socks, baby Ugg boots and a brown teddy bear placed on white plaster ‘cushions’.  Her work, entitled ‘Lost’, includes everyday items that belong to a certain period in a child or parent’s life and conjure up memories of a lost childhood.

She comments: “Vulturious sculpture exhibition 2By preserving these soft, precious objects in bronze, originally associated with comfort and warmth, I essentially destroy them.

“As the pieces lie in front of you, almost asking to be held, there’s no hint that what looks like the fluffy dark brown fur of a teddy bear is actually hard, cold bronze. If visitors do try and lift it, they would find it very heavy and uncomfortable – the opposite of the memories imbued in such pieces.”

‘Vulturious’ is open to the public at The Academy, Belmont Street on Saturday 28 April from 10am-5pm and Sunday 29 April from 12-4pm.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer | Faculty of Design & Technology

Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206
Email: s.j.grieve@rgu.ac.uk.