Cambridge School of Art Cut Grass BA Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

Some of the work from the Cambridge School of Art, part of Anglia Ruskin University. I particularly liked photography by Mary Humphrey, Mark Box and Jessica Gibbon, but there were loads of interesting ideas here.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Cut Grass logo

The invigilators of the Cambridge School of Art show (part of Anglia Ruskin University) were very eager to deliver an explanation for the artwork on display and thrust a lovely screenprinted paper bag with the Cut Grass logo into my hands. Nothing like being proactive! I was also very taken with their bold Cut Grass poster designs.

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Ben WilsonCambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Ben WilsonCambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Ben WilsonCambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Ben Wilson
Ben Wilson had layered some spooky faces in acetate below some much less successful manipulated photography.

Mary Humphrey Roma families
Mary Humphrey Roma
There were nice portraits of Roma families from Mary Humphrey – shot in Transylvania.

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Mate Dobray's Starchild
Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-005
I was quite transfixed by Mate Dobray‘s Starchild diptych – two huge faces manipulated to highlight the features that we respond to as attractive, but done so in a way that they arouse a slight feeling of repulsion. Overly large eyes, it seems, can look freaky.

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Mark Box's Castles
Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Mark Box's Castles
I’ll always be a sucker for a bit of suburban documentary, so I liked Mark Box‘s Castles, 2011 – a series putting trees firmly in the forefront of suburbia.

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Tracey Jones
Tracey Jones is clearly a fan of photo manipulation – her weird treasure boxes featured giant god-like hands hovering over game pieces.

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Stephen Bonser
Stephen Bonser went for panoramic views of Cambridge streets on his long sheet of landscape photography.

Cambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Jessica GibbonCambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Jessica GibbonCambridge College of Art degree show Free Range 2011-Jessica Gibbon
Jessica Gibbon had found a new use for discarded family photographs – reappropriating them to create a new history for herself, one in which her childhood was much happier than the reality.

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