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Chelsea Cafe Project #28

Sebastian Chaumeton

26 February –  1 May 2018

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Film still from ‘FEELING BLU’, 2018. Image courtesy Sebastian Chaumerton

Café Project #28 features the work of artist Sebastian Chaumeton, currently in his 2nd year of BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts.

The following questions were posed to the artist:

What is your background in art and how has your practice been influenced by the BA Fine Art course so far?

In short, I did the whole school thing, graduated from a foundation course at Oxford Brookes then found my way to Chelsea. My practice has developed physically on the BA Fine Art course, and also theoretically. The course has given me numerous opportunities to learn, be it in crits [critical feedback sessions on artworks], lectures, exhibitions and tutorials. The workshops have especially given me the skills to execute my ideas. I can’t believe I’m over half way through my time here and cannot wait to see what the rest of this year and third year have in stall for me.

Can you please describe the process of making the mural.

It was as simple as sending a few emails, filling out a health & safety form, attempting to rent a ladder, renewing my ladder safety, renting out a ladder, and starting. I juggled a few ideas around but eventually settled on a blue based work as I liked the idea of pulling the sky down into the wall. I also thought that it would complement the orange/red brick work of the college buildings. The making process was a series of acrylic layers, the first being a variety of blues on which the line work would sit. A subsequent transparent acrylic medium was added for the shadows, as a watered-down blue would drip. Highlights then followed, and finally the line work was painted back on top of the overlaps that had formed. This all happened over the course of two bitterly cold weeks in January-February 2018. Gloves and regular cups of tea were needed.

You use recognisable pop-culture characters within your work, what other forms make up your compositions and how do you decide on them?

The premise of the mural was a collaborative/interactive performance. Next to the mural I stuck a couple of sheets of paper on which passers-by were encouraged to scribble ideas for the wall. This being my first large public work I decided to make the initial question very open to try and limit my influence: ‘write down something…’. I like to think that the wall painted itself in that once the line work began, a back and forth was formed between my brush and the crayon people were using to write down their requests. The imagery would influence the text and the text would reflect the imagery. People could write down anything, so this wasn’t always the case. I acted as a loose filter, sometimes painting exactly what was written or suggested in conversation, occasionally fusing elements or working from ambiguous writings such as ‘teen angst’ and ‘me’. The mural is a visual throwing-up of collective thought. Due to this pop-culture and politics are thrown into the mix alongside absurd fusions like, a pole dancing snoopy and a Fosters drinking shark wearing a Viking helmet. I isolate interesting elements within the paintings that evoke meanings, be it political, popular, or humorous to be realised in alternate mediums. I act as a control within an out of control fusion of forms. This yellow painting presented within the café is born from my own conscience and sub-conscience thought and feelings, however I find it interesting to relinquish responsibility of the imagery. In the future I’d like to consider alternate starting questions for different public sites.

To view the time lapse video of Sebastian Chaumeton painting the mural click here.

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Artist’s Exhibition History

Milk It – Collaborative curation and exhibition in a shop in Marylebone, April 2017; Cook House – Collaborative curation at the Cook House Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, December 2016; Laboratorium – Collaborative curation and off site exhibition of work at the Ovada Space, Oxford, February 2016 within the Oxford Mail; Natural History Museum (Oxford) – Created illustrations to be used by the Education Department within exhibits at the NHM as well as the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; Museum of the History of Science – Commissioned work for an in-house sketchbook on the Museum’s artefacts.

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About the project The Chelsea Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Arts. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact Cherie Silver at info@chelseaspace.org or in person at CHELSEA space. 
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Chelsea Cafe Project #23

Dennis Wilson: Passage

Hannah Rae Alton

Wednesday 26 September – Friday 11 November 2016

Dennis Wilson: Passage’ is a series of drawings about the final days and death of Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson. Part abstract, part illustrative, they examine an imagined internal cartography and the overlaying of two vastly different times in Wilson’s life played out in the same physical space. He drowned in the Marina Del Ray, diving to the bottom of the water to retrieve items he had thrown overboard a decade previously from his luxury yacht The Harmony. The drawings are on 16:9 (widescreen format) paper and as a starting point use stills from “Two Lane Blacktop”, a 1971 road movie starring Wilson and James Taylor heading east from California with no particular agenda.

Only four of the drawings from this series are on display, while the full body of work can be viewed here.

 

About the artist

Hannah Rae Alton is an artist and lecturer living and working in London. Her drawings interrogate themes of communication, cryptography, military history and radio technology, cartography and other narratives. She studied Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, and Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, where she discovered an interest in crystal radios and has been building them ever since. She is a member of the Cassiopeia collective, a five-strong group of artists dedicated to foregrounding the process of research in fine art and illustration to make it more accessible to audiences.

Cassiopeia’s next exhibition is at Guest Projects, Hackney, from 1st – 30th November.

Website: http://www.hannahraealton.com

Twitter: @CassiopeiaeKnee

 

About the project

The Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact Cherie Silver at info@chelseaspace.org or in person at CHELSEA space.

Chelsea Cafe Project # 22

Bloc-Repair-Kit

Caroline Streck

Wednesday 12 July – Friday 16 September 2016

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The Bloc-Repair-Kit is a participatory project that was invented for the Susak Expo 2016. The “Kit”, created by Caroline Streck, contained different sized wooden blocks that are stretched with fabric.

The blocks were distributed among the participants of the Expo and the inhabitants of Susak with the instructions to use them in a situation of “emergency” and to send a photo of the situation to the artist. What “emergency” could actually mean was left up to participants interpretation. The blocs were developed as geometric shapes that related back to Streck’s paintings, where they were transformed into a singular physical form.

Within the Expo the forms function as a tool to be used in an open and experimental context.

The Susak Expo is a bi-annual art event that has taken place on the remote Croatian island of Susak since 2006, initiated by artist Daniel Devlin. This year the exhibition runs from May to September.

 

About the artist

Caroline Streck has been working predominantly as a painter during the course of undertaking an MA at Chelsea College of Arts.

Her current work observes movement and behaviour in urban environments, looking at how the shapes produced by architecture direct or influence the form and flow of human movement. Working from these points, she utilises geometrical abstractions produced from these environments, to explore the potential alienating effect that the forms may have during the painting process. These effects are then set in relation to the use of colour which the artist uses as an intuitive, fluid and playful part of the compositional process

 

Email:        info@carolinestreck.de

Blog:          carolinestreck.tumblr.com

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About the project

The Chelsea Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Arts. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact Cherie Silver at info@chelseaspace.org or in person atCHELSEA space.

Chelsea Cafe Project # 21

Water

by Lily Harriman

Monday 16 May – Tuesday 12 July 2016

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Café Project #21 features the work of the young poet Lily Harriman. Lily is currently gallery assistant at CHELSEA space while taking a year from reading English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University. She will be completing her final year in 2017.

The following questions were posed to the poet:

What inspired you to do this series of work?

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Chelsea Cafe Project #20

Contemporary Experiments with Natural Dye Print

Lara Mantell

Wednesday 13 April – Friday 13 May 2016

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Display #20 provides an insight into the range of textile work through exploring screen-printing with natural dye extracts. This is an on-going project produced by Lara Mantell, that considers a variety of different, more sustainable and environmental practices in the print and dye workshop at Chelsea College of Arts.

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Chelsea Cafe Project #19

The Contemporary Art Slide Scheme: a brief introduction

Monday 8 February – Friday March 11 2016

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Selection of slide boxes from Box 1 (1992-1995), CASS, Chelsea College of Arts Library. Image courtesy of Chelsea College of Arts Library, University of the Arts London.

Established by CHELSEA space Director Donald Smith with the late Stacey Billups, the Contemporary Art Slide Scheme (CASS) documented exhibitions in London from 1992-2007 for educational and research purposes. The majority of the 35mm slides show images of exhibitions that would have otherwise remained undocumented or inaccessible to a wider public audience. The documentation of these exhibitions predates the extensive use of digital photography and social media, which now make images of exhibitions accessible by almost anyone.

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Chelsea Cafe Project #18

Where for art thou

Friday 27 November 2015 – Friday 29 January 22

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Where for art thou is an ongoing second year BA Fine Art project that invites various students to engage with film/sound in the form of an intervention or a video montage. Shown from a window in the college these projects engage the general public as they traverse the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of Chelsea College of Arts. In Chelsea Café Project Display #18 artworks and/or documentation corresponding to the recent interventions by four of the artists are on display.
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