We love visiting the Edinburgh College of Art degree shows each year. This time, as I walked round, a distinctly foodie edge to the displays emerged.
Andrew Summers uses typography to enhance a 3-dish menu for his imaginary restaurant, Typo Bistro. He uses fonts, body copy and composition to build a picture in the customer’s mind without actually showing a picture of the food. I’d love to taste his langoustines in garlic butter!
Part of Jack Statham‘s show focused on “white lies” that are told to children. Were you told this one?
Kate McLean’s degree show was definitely my favourite. Set in a series of wooden drawers, she’s developed a way of profiling cities by our sensory experience using Edinburgh as her model.
In one drawer, the smells of the city abound (some not at all pleasant) such as malt odours of the browery, musty odours of the vaults. In another, taste is mapped by a cake of dripping fat moulded in the shape of line graph resembling the silhouette of the Crags, Holyrood Park. Her work has won the Service Category of the New Ideas Competition coordinated by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.
If I were setting up a restaurant of cafe just now, I would definitely ask Jesse Harris to create the look and feel for it. The concepts for the Reel Catch, a fish restaurant, are simple, classy and very effective.
The last installation made me smile, and I regret I’ve not captured the artist’s name. It is located in the main building on the second floor. The cupcakes are part of a tiny room stuffed from floor to ceiling with bright, bright elements – wonderful.
The show continues every day until Sunday 19 June 10 am to 8 pm Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 5 pm Friday to Sunday. Do visit if you can, or check the artists out online: a very tasty, talented bunch. With the exception of the last piece, all the students work can be found in Evolution House in the Graphic Design and Illustration sections.