DEGREE SHOWS FEATURE
‘l‘ve already got a good name for a photographer.‘ says Napier University student Reuben Paris. Initially studying ﬁne art. Paris later moved on to photography: ‘lt‘s the most accessible medium. but perhaps I amjust a lazy painter.‘ His degree work consists of a line-up of faces and bodies luminous with colour: virulent greens. rich ruby reds and vivid yellows. An advocate of a sound technical grounding — ‘you can't run until you can walk' — he is soon to begin doing the rounds with his portfolio. 'I think magazines are doing some really interesting things combining text and images.‘ he says. ‘and I want a client who is prepared to take a bit ofa visual risk. willing to do something new and innovative.‘
Part-timing as a dresser at Edinburgh’s Playhouse. Janeanne Gilchrist found the subject for her photography degree portfolio. ‘These people. the flyman. the stagehand. are the unsung heroes of backstage theatre life and they are never seen.‘ reckons the Napier University student. who has constructed a black theatre box in which to show her work. ‘Beliiml The Scenes is a documentary of what goes on.’ She is also including a computer-generated film to take viewers on a tour of backstage corridors and dressing rooms. ‘It will be like going to the theatre to see a backstage show.‘
you are the best bhin, ever h"Finance!
A few years back Ken Wilson quit working on the Dallas. Texas club scene. Returning to his native Glasgow and wondering what next. a friend suggested furniture design and Wilson
said ‘why not?‘. Signing on at the College of Building and Printing’s Furniture Design and Construction course. Wilson currently juggles managing Glasgow's Fire Station Restaurant with turning out furniture. Now in expansionist mood. Wilson is thinking big: ‘I want to give the public the opportunity to lay their hands on well-designed furniture in Glasgow and beyond.‘ Working predominately in wood and metal. he now plans to diversify into plastics and concrete. Inspired by the American Arts and Craft Movement and the functional- cum-modernist school of design. Wilson wants the younger generation to take risks and think design. ‘There is a growing awareness of what's available in new design. there's a trend for it but people can do more with their homes.‘ he says. a designer with a deﬁnite mission.
It was flicking through old Jut'kr’e annuals that got Karen Reynolds thinking that love is not all it‘s cracked up to be: ‘lt's not all thunderbolts and lightening'. says the Glasgow School of Art student. who herself was fresh out of a love crisis. Spurred on by what she saw as the teeny media‘s gross misrepresentation of reality. Reynolds has since taken an ironic look at love. Painting on cups. saucers and plates cartoonish characters who mouth lines like ‘I love you more than anything in the world'. she says her work is 'taking the mickey out of things we say when we are in love‘. As to other frontiers. Reynolds is also tackling underwear. Her Arr Pants - For The Art You Make 'Ibduv and labelled ‘not just for the artistic elite' equally tease. She has inscribed onto one pair ofknickers the words: ‘This ls One Of The Best Openings I've Ever Been To'.
MARK HAMILT( )N
m ;__H:‘Glas‘gow Street. IEdinburgh.College of Art, Lauriston Place. Design: Momingside Church. Morningside a: " Telom 221.6900-' . - Roamsm 15-W661l9-1Qn9m-5Pms'1a .. E ‘ ' “'5 244?? M°“-Th I PW‘EF'FiSP‘t-e IsTslford, .J .6113: ._ ' ‘- “ f?“ areal. a c m ,.
The List 14-27 Jun I996 9