We went to see the RSA’s annual best of the art colleges event yesterday. Not just because it’s a really interesting snapshot of what the art colleges are putting out there, but because Amy’s in the process of applying to Duncan of Jordanstone and, not only that, she had won a merit in the Schools competition and was an exhibitor herself.
She looked delighted by the whole experience.
Partly because the RSA spelled her name wrong.
I mean Amy Gorman isn’t that hard to spell, so how come it turned out as Ravy Hormone?
Well, I was delighted. (At her work of course, not the spelling car crash and the emotional carnage that resulted. Slowly.)
And so was Jeana. (At her work of course, not the spelling car crash and the emotional carnage that resulted. Slowly.)
Even Tom looked like it wasn’t actually the worst day of his life. (Although he enjoys a bit of emotional Shadenfreude.)
Needless to say Ria was happy to go with the flow; and pleased for Amy – in fact more pleased for Amy than Amy was. (At her work of course, not the spelling car crash and the emotional carnage that resulted. Slowly.)
Amy’s pal Alison had a self portrait accepted too.
As for the student show itself.
Well, I loved it and can totally recommend it. Amy was considerably less enamored and I think that may be because there was a lot of sculpture, video and installation art. It made her wonder what the purpose of art college is and that’s a good point.
For me, I thought the show was way better than previous years but this too is controversial because the RSA has adopted a more selective regime.
Fine by me. There was a lot of shite in it before.
For the record, we were unanimous in our love of Ross Brown’s work.
See more of his excellent work here.