Final exhibitions of Foundation Art & Design and Pre-Foundation Art & Design programmes are now over. The FAD display traditionally featured works of graduates on one selected area, while Pre-FAD consolidated vary different works done by the students throughout the year. Foundation Art & Design is the first and mandatory step to receiving a British Bachelor’s degree. The programme provides the understanding of the future field of work and is aimed at helping the students choose a specific area. Pre-Foundation Art & Design helps raise the level of artistic, theoretical and technical training, thus gaining sufficient knowledge and skills for enrolling in Foundation Art & Design programme and, subsequently, for British BA programmes.
The exhibits by graduates of both programmes were placed in baserooms where anyone could touch the unusual textures, colour palettes and unconventional objects that express certain author`s concepts. The students explained their works and shared their plans for the future studies.
Sardor Nortodziev, Foundation Art & Design
«My work basically consists of a combination of bamboo sticks and threads of two pastel shades – blue and pink. At the beginning I tried to depict the trajectories of electrons’ movement and I got a simple triangle with those thread waving around. Then I started to develop the idea. Fr om simple triangles I got pyramids with a center at one single point. Then pyramids turned into semicircles that were secured and added to various parts of the sculpture. I am planning my further education at BA (Hons) Fine Arts programme and I will continue doing what I had never done before and using materials that I had never used before.»Nadezhda Sinitsina, Pre-Foundation Art & Design
«The display features my very first works. At that time we studied various unconventional means of visualization and I chose illustration with threads. Later on I mastered other techniques as well, doing experiments with perspective, linoleum engraving and print-making. The programme helped me develop valuable skills, I learnt to quickly come up with ideas and think outside the box. My plans for the future? I am definitely going to the Foundation Art & Design programme in order to be fully prepared for enrollment to BA programmes. To be strong, independent and to fear nothing».
Polina Erokhina, Foundation Art & Design
«My project is about languages and how unreliable verbal communication is, often leading us to misunderstanding and wrong interpretation of words. As an illustration of this idea I chose various untranslatable words from the Russian and the English languages that sound similarly but have a totally different spelling. Based on such common mistakes I wrote dialogues, created a story and turned it into a film, supplementing it with subtitles based on the names of IKEA furniture. Thus I managed to demonstrate that even professional translations of films, dictionaries – everything that we rely on in our communication process, can also be inaccurate and may mislead us even more. This experimental film features four actors, most of them are my fellow students. I know for sure that I will go study at BA (Hons) Illustration programme to study visual language that I can then use to tell my stories to the world».
Maksim Shepel, Foundation Art & Design
«I called my creation Nya Kawaii in a pine forest. My project is based on the hybridization of two cultures, the Russian and the Japanese ones. I took as a basis a famous and easily recognizable painting by a Russian painter Ivan Shishkin, wh ere bears underwent some transformation and were presented to the audience in a Japanese style. Deliberately bright, almost psychedelic colors refer to the works of the Japanese painter Takashi Murakami, known for his terrific sculptures and kitsch paintings».
Vitolina Kazakova, Foundation Art & Design
«A water bottle isn’t the most convenient object when it comes to running – you always need to think of a place to put it. Therefore I designed a jacket with two adjacent bottles of streamline shape that resemble pebble stones. They are hollow, made of plastic and have special straws that allow you to drink while jogging. ‘Stones’ are attached by Velcro so at any time you can detach them and fill with water. This jacket should prove useful to those who love to jog without all the extra hustle, as well as to those who do travel a lot and go camping».
The exhibitions demonstrate how students can be inspired by their own works and are ready for further creative achievements at the British BA programmes.