THREE ARTISTS CAUSING A NEW SENSATION
22 August, UAL
There are three new names to note on the London art scene; Rachel Hunt, Nicholas Dedics and Antonio Marguet have been shortlisted for this yearâs Saatchi New Sensations prize. The three University of the Arts London students, from Camberwell, Chelsea and LCC respectively, were spotted from over 800 entries by a panel of judges including artist John Stezaker, commissioning editors Nancy Durrant and Tabitha Jackson, and Saatchi Gallery director Rebecca Wilson.
Talking about his work, Nicholas Dedics states: âI see my work as being produced by a fictional, neo-medieval future with a dim-witted society who occupy an island they call âGr8 Britanâ. This community is trying to recreate their lost cultural heritage by making artifacts based on what they see as purely traditional British art. In doing so, however, their lack of knowledge, skill, and the influence of misguided and corrupted search engine/Wikipedia results, produces warped and distorted old master works and national histories. Having also lost the concept of art as a precious object, these newly created historic artifacts then become objects of everyday use, fulfilling the needs and wants of these imaginary people.â
Inspired by the current social and economic turmoil, I see my work being produced by a fictional neo-medieval future, dim-witted society who occupy an island called âGr8 Britanâ, this community are trying to recreate their lost cultural heritage by making artefacts based on what they see as purely traditional British art, but in doing so, their lack of knowledge, skill, misguided and corrupted search engine/Wikipedia results produces warped and distorted old master works and national histories. Having also lost the concept of art as precious object, these newly created history artefacts then become nothing more than mundane objects of everyday use, fulfilling the needs and wants of these imaginary people.
Seen as an investigation and reflection of the history of art itself, questioning the value of art and as a satirical critique of the digital dumbing down of society and that of the cheap Poundland/B&Q society, I use a mix of melancholy and humour in the artworks where surface, object and art come together create an unnerving sense of the alien and yet something strangely familiar and recognisable to us.