Epson technology inspires RA students
Concurrent with the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy Schools has hosted an exhibition to show students’ exceptional artwork across a wide range of media, much of which was created using Epson large format printers and projectors, technology.
The Epson Digital Suite housed inside the schools’ historic studio spaces, provides students with the opportunity to experiment and develop pieces using the very latest Epson digital imaging technology available.
The RA Schools are the only art education establishment to offer a three-year postgraduate fine art course charging no fees. The final year exhibition provided visitors with a rare chance to view exceptional pieces by a new generation of artists. The finished artworks included a range of media from painting to photography, sculpture, performance, digital print and film. Often these are combined in hybrid and experimental works that dazzle with their creativity.
All 17 students on show worked with Epson technology at some time during their three years at the Schools and it featured strongly in several students’ work at the show this year.
Jack Burton produces installations of hundreds of digital photographs and prints that are collaged both by digital means and direct intervention via manipulation, over painting and graffiti type texts.
Dmitri Galitzine works primarily in video, performance and installation. His multi-screen narrative digital video installation ‘’Cowboys’’ shown in the schools’ 19th century life drawing room, using Epson projectors, turns the space into an immersive theatrical environment.
Richie Moment works with a whole plethora of mediums and approaches. His intense and noisy show utilises digital prints, video projection, light boxes, original music and a purpose built dance floor structure using screen prints from digital film positives.
India Mackie showed her idiosyncratic multi-screen narrative films using Epson projectors to create a surreal mash-up installation combining sculptural structure and architectural design, performance art and theatrical artifice, offset with an aural background of original music and spoken word.
Aniko Kuikka whose double screen projected film ‘White sugar’occupies a mysterious and magical environment reminiscent of the landscapes from her own Nordic background and mythology, used multiple Epson projectors to presentsa dramatic and fantastical narrative set in an uncertain location and anachronistic age.
Jessy Jetpacks sings, performs, directs and produces installations that utilise all manner of new technologies. Often interactive, she explores 3D print, VR and customised projected films in various combinations of sculptural forms.
Sam Austen whose 3 screen film ‘True mirror’is an impactful and immersive attack on the senses with his strobe lit spinning animated heads floating in space. The installation uses multi screen Epson projections at different heights to create a dizzying optical challenge.
Commenting on the students’ creations, Mark Hampson, Head of Fine Art Processes, RA Schools, said: “Of course these students are digital natives but it is the manner in which they can adopt various technologies and then adapt or mould them to a creative end that I find inspirational. They have come up with a wide range of art works, from street to screen and across a broad range of media, and the response from visitors to this exceptional standard of creative thinking has been fantastic.
“Whether using projectors, proofers or printers, students have really benefitted throughout their time at the Royal Schools from having access to Epson products and support.
“Students take Epson away from its usual commercial functions and use it to showcase unusual and imaginative creative art of quality and impact. Epson has continuously supported us and invariably company representatives attend the show and see for themselves just how critical their contribution is to taking talented individuals to a new level of competence and insight. It is critical that industry and education have a mutual respect and help each other to become better and more experimental. Epson has led the way and the results are stunning.’’
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All photos courtesy of ©Andy Keate