Gallery Experience Inspires

Ramp Gallery curator talks to Media Arts students about ‘The Bloggs’ by Nicola Jackson.

Media Arts summer school students have been wowed by Nicola Jackson’s “The Bloggs”. The exhibition – which explores human anatomy and the intersection between science, psychology and art history – is currently on show at Ramp Gallery.  The gallery is full to the brim with bright paintings, sculptures, furniture and objects, all crafted by Jackson in an immersive installation that becomes a walk-in ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The experience raised several questions amongst the class, who are studying visual arts practice, from “what is the artist influenced by?”, to “what are the sculptures made of” and “when can I see it again?”.   Following the gallery visit we asked the group to reflect on their experience and here’s what they had to say:

“It gave me ideas for my current project along with future things to think about regarding the utilisation of a gallery space.”

“It was super interesting to see the gallery without plain white walls and it let me know that you can do what you want, there are no restrictions. ”

“It has given me ideas to ruminate on and introduce to my work.”

“It has helped us think in a different perspective on art.”

“I learnt that I shouldn’t afraid to use so much colour. It’s OK to add or take away and make things your own.”

“It has given me ideas to ruminate on and introduce to my work.”

“This was the first time I’ve been to Ramp and it definitely won’t be the last.”

“Really good, unlike anything I’ve seen before.”

“It gave me a lot to think about regarding the presentation of my work.”

The Bloggs by Nicola Jackson is open at Ramp Gallery from the 22 Jan – 21 Feb, 2018 with an artist talk and closing party to come.

Nicola Jackson: The Bloggs was first shown at Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 18 Mar – 5 Jun, 2017.

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