’You Know What I Mean’ by Anja Stenina

March 6th until March 28th, 2020

You Know What I Mean: A Show by Anja Stenina

Anja Stenina’s GS Artists solo show explores the break down of communication between ideological positions. “You know what I mean” exemplifies the way in which discourse is broken, limited without elaboration or resolution. She uses metaphysical personifications of the Ages of Aquarius and Pisces to symbolise antithetical ideological perspectives at a point of impasse and physically locates the viewer within the grey area between binary standpoints.

Anja Stenina

Anja is a conceptual mixed media artist from Latvia. She holds a first class honours degree from Swansea College of Art (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) – Anja will complete her Research Masters degree in Art & Design there last summer – and was a recipient of the Brian Ross Award from the Arts Council for Wales. In her work she explores themes of dignity and human agency, and the obstacles on the journey to a fulfilling life. The artist’s visual practice reflects upon the dominant culture from the perspective of marginalised members of society. She looks at choices people make, and the reasons behind them. The artist investigates the effects of the semiotic authority that underlies the symbols and stories of a dominant culture. In her visual practice, Stenina echoes the more commonplace manifestations of semiotic authority such as mundane behavioral protocols, societal norms and stereotypes. In her work Stenina playfully portrays the effects of the everyday mythologised body of ‘reality’ that arguably manifests itself in situations of symbolic abuse. Stenina’s artworks provide an environment for reflection upon the mundane ritualised objectification found within stereotypical acts.

Axe Head to Everything: I Have a Heart as Big as the World But… at Volcano Theatre

GS interns’ Axe Head Collective presents its third major March Volcano Theatre group show of Swansea College of Art alumni! Opening March 13th for one week. Titled I Have the Biggest Heart in the World but… this show is Axe Head Collective’s biggest so far, featuring twelve artists and including a performance by exhibiting artist Jeremy Gluck.

Formed in 2017 by four UWTSD Swansea College of Art Fine Art artists – Alina Skorohoda, Demian Johnston, Jeremy Gluck, and Melissa Rodrigues –  to considerable aplomb Axe Head’s self-directed debut show, ‘Axe Head to Everything’ opened in March 2018 at Volcano Theatre, featuring in total nine UWTSD undergrad fine artists. The following November the four curated a show of their work exclusively for Creative Bubble, ‘Studio 95 – Promote Harder’. And in March 2019, the second Axe Head to Everything Swansea College of Art group show, subtitled ‘Cut & Run’, opened at Volcano, featuring ten artists. October 2019, and Axe Head had their Axe Head GS show at GS Artists, where the founding quartet intern.

Axe Head III for Volcano will feature conceptual artworks, paintings, photos, video and more, approaching a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way.

AXE HEAD TO EVERYTHING 2020 Artists

Abigail Fraser @fineart_fraser

Alina Skorohoda @skorohodalina_art

Benesek Monk @benesekmonk

Demian Johnston @demonstuff

Ellie Day @linesbyday

Jeremy Gluck @nonceptualism

Melissa Rodrigues @melissa_rodrigues_art

Mitja Zupanc https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitja-zupanc/

Owain Sparnon @owainsparnon

Scott Mackenzie @mackenzie_________scott

Tomos Sparnon @tomos_sparnon

Zoe Mills @bigz_zo

Axe Head Collective Artist Statements

Alina Skorohoda @skorohodalinaart

Alina’s artwork explores the notion of woman’s duty to the world. She responds to the feelings of obligation that haunt women everywhere. Alina uses domestic objects in her work. Through altering these objects, she questions attitudes, fears and unwritten rules which have formed a hostile environment for women and their behaviour within it.

Demian Johnston @demonstuff

Demian’s practice looks to develop internal mindscapes involving multiple symbols and thoughts to bridge the physical process and mental or spiritual state, and individual and collective consciousness. Building on a growing body of work featuring dynamic installations with energy concentrated by their confinement, his work is rarely figurative, encompassing dimensions of unpredictability and naturalness.

Jeremy Gluck @nonceptualism

Working as a fine artist in digital art, film, installation and mixed media, Jeremy Gluck’s uncompromising works confront the viewer, encouraging a physical, sensitive, or conceptual experience of each. Radical artistic engagement is the mission statement.

Melissa Rodrigues @missbalencantefineart

Rodrigues’ work uses a variety of techniques – lately photography – and materials to explore issues of displacement, belonging, and cultural identity. Addressing issues concerning the movement of people across the world, immigration, sense of belonging, cultural identity and the rhetoric of otherness are the bases from which Rodrigues’ work blossoms.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED – A SHOW BY SCOTT MACKENZIE

OPENING EVENT JUNE 28th 6pm RUNNING UNTIL JUNE 29th

Nothing Has Changed

The culmination of some weeks hard work sees its fruition on June 26th when GS Artists intern Scott Mackenzie debuts his Artist at Work show NOTHING HAS CHANGED featuring digital art, installation and photography.

Subtitled “From Aberfan to Grenfell”, the work provides a cross-section of the zeitgeist, exposing raw nerves and shattered attention bearing on our personal and political stasis at a time of great – or is it apparent? – change.

Part of GS Artists’ “Artist at Work” scheme that has already featured estimable talents such as Tim Davies, Tomos Sparnon and Sarah Poland, Scott’s show is a fine addition to this series of shows highlighting contrasting techniques and perspectives across a wide spectrum.

Scott Mackenzie

Scott Mackenzie is an artist based in Swansea, who graduated from Swansea college of Art in 2016 with a degree in Fine Art. His work is primarily concerned with issues of inequality and identity politics in the U.K. Using a range of mixed media from photography to sculpture and text that incorporates symbols and motifs that playfully construct a sense of ‘who we are’ and where we may be going.