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Kirsty Ogg selects New Contemporaries winner Jesc Bunyard
Art | 7 October 2014

Jesc Bunyard, ‘Photo Piece’, 2012, performance, 10 min 57 sec. ‘The Angel Orchestra’, directed by Peter Fender. Courtesy the artist and Bloomberg New Contemporaries

This article is part of Young Art Week – Defining a generation

Jesc Bunyard, ‘Photo Piece’, 2012, performance, 10 min 57 sec. ‘The Angel Orchestra’, directed by Peter Fender. Courtesy the artist and Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Welcome to HERO Young Art Week – our essential, multifaceted guide to the new wave of creatives working at the vanguard of contemporary art today. Across a dynamic week of digital content, we’re exploring what’s happening at the epicentre of this global community: from the ground up, the artists themselves and the key figures witnessing the evolution of the ideas, trends and movements defining this art generation.

As director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries – one of a growing number of institutions providing major support to young students, graduates and budding professionals within the British art landscape – Kirsty Ogg is at the forefront of nascent, young art. Providing a touring exhibitive platform for new and fine art graduates, each year, Ogg joins a panel of influential art voices to select 50 winners for the finalists exhibition, which kicks off at the World Museum in Liverpool before touring to the ICA in London.

For Young Art Week, she goes head to with each of her five selected artist highlights from this year’s final line-up.

Jesc Bunyard, selected by Kirsty Ogg

Kirsty Ogg: Tell us about the work that was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Jesc Bunyard: The work that has been selected for New Contemporaries is video documentation of a performance entitled Photo Piece. The performers were members of The Angel Orchestra, directed by Peter Fender, who improvised using my photographs and photograms as visual scores. The performance took place during a traditional classical music concert, in front of an unsuspecting audience.

KO: Is there anything you are thinking of developing in your work following your selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries?
JB: I would love to develop my work in relation to the spectator and cinema. Perhaps producing a cinematic intervention, in a similar way that Photo Piece was a musical one.

KO: What are the current challenges faced in your own practice?
JB: Currently, and on the more practical side the challenges are geographical and financial. Where I currently reside there are no colour darkrooms open to the public, so I have been unable to produce more photograms, a practice which underpins most of my other work. However this has resulted in a creative push within film and video, so its not all bad! With regards to finances, I have realised that a lot of my work builds up to large projects, which obviously require funding, at the moment however they are just sketches.

KO: How will you utilise the New Contemporaries opportunity?
JB: One of the reasons this opportunity is so great is because of the exposure your work gets. I hope that New Contemporaries will provide me with the opportunity for collaborative work and to produce larger projects. Most importantly however, is the confidence I hope New Contemporaries will give me. To have my work shown in such prestigious places and to be selected by people I admire, should give me and the other artists confidence in our own work going forward in our practices.

The Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition shows from until 26th October at World Museum, Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN. The exhibition will show from 26th November to 25th January at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Check out Kirsty Ogg’s interviews with other New Contemporaries finalists Camille Summers-ValliEmily Motto and Imran Perretta.

Stay tuned for more HERO Young Art Week content in the coming days and plug into our social media platforms for updates as they come.


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