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.
Ben Wilson had layered some spooky faces in acetate below some much less successful manipulated photography.
There were nice portraits of Roma families from Mary Humphrey – shot in Transylvania.
I was quite transfixed by Mate Dobray‘s Starchild diptych – two huge faces manipulated to highlight the features that we respond to as attractive, this but done so in a way that they arouse a slight feeling of repulsion. Overly large eyes, salve it seems, can look freaky.
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.
Tracey Jones is clearly a fan of photo manipulation – her weird treasure boxes featured giant god-like hands hovering over game pieces.
Stephen Bonser went for panoramic views of Cambridge streets on his long sheet of landscape photography.
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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