Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Degree Show 2018
- Susan Mansfield
- 3 July 2018
Degree Show highlights include a tongue-in-cheek gift shop, a potter's wheel and a greenhouse
Dundee's art school kicks off the degree show season in style, in the year that will see the opening of the V&A and the restyling of the city as a weekend-break destination. One student, David McLeish, asks questions about how this relates to working-class people in his tongue-in-cheek gift shop, Costa del Prole.
Another highlight in this varied and colourful show is Ciara Neufeldt, who makes colourful, useful ceramics, and even has her potter's wheel installed as part of her show for visitors to try their hand.
Nearby, Sinead Creaney has invited fellow students to scribble down pithy thoughts on life ('Why is workload never proportionate to time?') and has used them to build inventive games and collages. Mhairi Cormack works in collage, too, drawing on her upbringing in a religious sect, and juxtaposing colourful images of contemporary life, good and evil.
Lorna Coyne finds an inventive way of looking at social networks, codifying relationships and connections in attractive mobiles and sculptures made of coloured beads. Painter Ryan Gill sets himself the tricky job of capturing the various selves we present to the world, the faces in his paintings illuminated by the light from old-fashioned analogue television sets.
Caitlyn Vesey has recreated her late grandfather's greenhouse, complete with plants, wheelbarrow and birdsong, while Keira Marshall's show is an investigation into the life of her grandfather, a soldier killed in Northern Ireland before she was born.
Senyn (Sam Smith) has created his own army, preparing to fight 'to protect the values of the individual and individual liberty' in the hills above Dundee, and the weapons on display in his show, while a little disturbing, are intricate, well-made sculptural objects.
In another response to the times, James Fallan takes fake news as his starting point, making himself into a modern-day 'juglare' – disseminators of news in medieval Spain who carried boards on which the populous could draw stories – by travelling across the country with a canvas on which people can draw.
Jo Hanning takes the art school's easels as her subject, worked on over the years by different generations, and invites past students to link with the show via QR codes.