ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
'Tenderness of Strength' includes aspects of vulnerability and bravery, such as when we face obstacles that frighten or intimidate us, and observing them from another perspective. Hardship and challenges are common to all of us in life, but it is in facing these situations that we find parts of ourselves and grow. The purpose of my work is to facilitate a space where my audience can self reflect.
Tenderness springs from strength and capacity, but there are extra qualities and depth that can only come from a heart which has experienced its own vulnerability and pain. This experience of being "tenderised" can strengthen us, and also help us become more tender in loving, not only others but ourselves.
Control your breathing and meditate on the work and interpret what you feel.
You can use any breathing exercise you know or try the 4, 7, 8 technique.
Fix your posture and relax your shoulders.
Place the tip of the tongue on the tissue right behind the top front teeth.
To use the 4-7-8 technique, focus on the following breathing pattern:
Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds
hold your breath for a count of 7 seconds
Purse your lips and exhale through the mouth for 8 seconds
repeat the cycle up to 4 times.
*The music is not part of the work rather for personal use, credits rightfully to the owner and artist.
I am a multidisciplinary artist.
Art has a unique way of tapping into parts of our mind we can't put into words. It may express, what sometimes we don’t even know, that we feel. This discovery process has piqued my interest in the subconscious mind. I am intrigued by the influences this has on my daily life. I try to investigate the messages the subconscious may hold for me as an individual. I believe art is a means through which I can communicate with my subconscious and receive hidden messages from my dreams. Art is both a grounding and a healing method. Its therapeutic qualities are as rewarding as the end product.