‘Fa•cet Fa•cet’ was the culmination of this year’s Graduate Residency Prize; a presentation of new work by Jack Branscomb, who graduated from Birmingham City University, and Katherine Fishman, who graduated from Nottingham Trent University.
Fishman exposes nuanced psychological moments through video works in which intricate dialogues are engendered through the editing process. During the residency she has been considering perceptions of social situations through the gestures and tensions present within an observed encounter.
‘Each Frames How Two Are Similar And Different From A Third’ reconstructs a spectated instance involving a group of three friends. They are first seen enacting bold, swift movements, subsequently engaging in casual conversation. Actions appear out of context, yet are simultaneously embedded in the context of their surroundings, giving the incident a sense of real-time continuity error. Through focusing on different compo- nents within the setting, Fishman explores how composition, framing and perspective shape multiple percep- tions of a situation. She also considers how the viewer places themselves in relation to the group when observing their actions and gestures. The relationship between each member is intangible, yet the group comes in to view as a social object within a space to be encountered.
Drawing on familiar forms such as geodesic domes and minimalist cubes, Branscomb deals with the temporal- ity of object making. The poverty of materials in Branscomb's work, such as polythene and duct tape used in previous work, is often reproached by the presence of more solid materials such as walnut. Whilst in residence he has continued his investigations into and reactions against modernist ideas of the monumental.
The sculptural forms in Branscomb’s installation are informed by his continued research into modernism, object making, and a utopian reading of progress. These objects, which resemble domestic and gallery furniture, aim to challenge historical ideas of the ‘monumental’ in relation to unattainable utopian ideologies. Branscomb is interested in the fragmentation inherent within utopian ideals; individuals strive for a personal utopia, and yet they cannot fully corroborate en masse.