FLY BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTSUIT is the MA Fine Art’s ‘COUNTER-PRACTICE’ show

Babak Ghazi and Brian Chalkley have a particular mantra they say to students on the Chelsea MA Fine Art course they lead. It goes like this:

“WHERE ARE YOU IN THE WORK?”

fly pantsuit

Every year, the new students are invited to turn their practice on its head, using a different medium or format than you are used to.

If you are a painter, you may be encouraged to make sculpture. If you are a sculptor, you may feel inclined to make video. If you are an installation artist, why not make an artist’s book, for instance.  If you normally work on a small scale, work HUGE. If you normally work on the wall, work on a desk. If you normally work on an easel, work on the floor. You get the idea.

The exercise is in allowing yourself to become an Anti-Master on this Master’s Course, which many students find to be very uncomfortable, at first.

But the point is to shake up your habitual art practice. Explore the in-between places between art and life. Bring your hobbies into your work. Your fetishes. Bring in your shame. Shame is good for art-making. Let go of the idea of making ART. Explore. Experiment.

There are other courses out there that are for honing your skills in one specialism and making slick, market-ready work. Chelsea is about making work that is unpredictable, surprising, and maybe a little dangerous.

That feeling of flying by the seat of your pants – hence the title! Only we queered it up a little, to reflect the risk-taking, personal ticks and, perhaps, peccadillos into the work.

Enjoy the show through two different pairs of eyes:

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Photos above by Ana Pastor. 

 

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Photos above by Chel Logan.

 

 

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