Friday, 22 November 2013

Bloomberg New Contemporaries: 2013

Current MFA students Patrick Cole and Dominic Watson are included in this years Bloomberg New Contemporaries alongside 2013 MFA graduate Hardeep Pandhal.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries: 2013

27 November 2013–26 January 2014

Institute of Contemporary ArtsThe Mall
London, SW1Y 5AH

For the fourth year running, the ICA welcomes Bloomberg New Contemporaries with 46 participants, following a successful edition last year, which saw just over 42,000 visitors through the space. This year's selectors, Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors, have chosen outstanding works by the most promising artists coming out of UK art schools from a range of over 1,500 submissions.

Throughout the exhibition's history a wealth of established artists have participated in New Contemporaries, including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Mike Nelson and Jane and Louise Wilson; whilst more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost have also shown their work.

Two main features distinguish the New Contemporaries selection process from other submission exhibitions: there is absolutely no pre-selection and the majority of the works included in the exhibition have been selected as a result of actual time spent with the artwork rather than solely from a virtual image.

This year the final works span a wide range of mediums from sculpture, photography and video works with installation art taking centre stage. The artists appear to be concerned by materiality and image manipulation as well as the construction of space and narrative. Whilst some artists appear concerned with the formal aspects of art production some works tap into popular and domestic culture through the use of YouTube content and household objects.

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