An exhibition by Pauric Courtney, Phoebe Cowley, Frederika Dalwood, Natasha Moody, Imogen Richards & Ella Yolande
Reviewed by Anna Gilroy
“the whole exhibition space became an immersive environment, a swampy, primordial, mystical other world”
BOG was an Intermedia and Painting group exhibition held at ECA on Friday 15th February, featuring work by 4th year students Pauric Courtney, Phoebe Cowley, Frederika Dalwood, Natasha Moody, Imogen Richards and Ella Yolande. Although it featured independent projects from the six artists, the whole exhibition space became an immersive environment, a swampy, primordial, mystical other world, aided by a collaboration of Pauric Courtney’s images of pixie-ish creatures and Natasha Moody’s paintings covering the windows like intricate works of stained glass, while a smoke machine enveloped the other artworks in a misty haze.
Tensions between the beautiful and the grotesque could also be found throughout the exhibition, such as in Imogen Richards’ paintings, which arose from an interest in drag costume and evolved into intriguing corporeal distortions. In another take on the theme, Frederika Dalwood’s engaging video installation plays on the idea of judgements over ‘good art’ and ‘bad art.’ Amongst the large prints and installations, Natasha Moody’s tiny works drew intimate focus, with photographic slides become microscope slides, holding bacteria-like forms made from colourful strands of thread and fabric. Similar imagery could be found in Ella Porter’s work, exploring micro and macro life forms. At the centre of all the microbial imagery, almost like an antidote, a bed of flowers grow in the centre of the space in Phoebe Cowley’s work. The exhibition as a whole was cohesive and compelling, with each work complementing the others but deserving individual focus.