Final Cut

Submitted byJeeraik009 onWed, 06/03/2009 - 16:11
Last week, I examined final year painting displays at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Without breaching confidentiality, I can say that it was a mixed bag offering images and installations that speak of the social and personal issues that artists are grappling with today. Issues range from intimate anxieties expressed with unique dreamworld imagery influenced by the psychanalysis of Freud and Jung, to contentious portraits referencing dance hall, exploitation and the black female body. Of course, there was also the more abstract and esoteric works such as painstaking compositions of withered wild orchid leaves, and the surprise of film-making that offered the best of Adobe, Flash and Final Cut Pro techniques. Also satisfying was the movement away from two dimensional forms into off the wall installations, digital spaces and virtual worlds. This final show is worth visiting.