MAstars 2010: Emily Donnini, MFA

MAstars 2010: Emily Donnini, MFA Emily Donnini, Collection: An International Search, 2010. Video projection on Perspex screens. 10 mins 34 secs (looped)

Katie Bruce selects Emily Donnini from Glasgow School of Art for MAstars

This year's MFA show was split across two venues with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) presenting a curated show in a clean white space and The Glue Factory offering exciting and large industrial spaces.

While some of the artists' work responded better to one venue over the other, the work of Emily Donnini worked well in both. In the CCA her piece 'Stone Record' (2010) was on first viewing a large rough lump of sandstone jarring with the cleanliness of the gallery space. On closer inspection there was a beautifully carved well where Donnini embedded the rings of a vinyl record. The attached needle was poised to play but you had to travel to The Glue Factory to hear the actual recording.

The Glue Factory offered a completely different environment to view the rest of Donnini's work. 'Collection: An International Search' (2010) was a two screen back projection with each screen showing six different stop frame animations. As with her other work you had to explore the work more closely before you realised something was not quite right about the visuals and you were actually looking at the re-working of top Google searches from various countries in paper models. The final work for her degree show was 'Collection: A Cosmic Pavilion' (2010). These were beautiful sculptural pieces on a black laminate floor plinth. They had the look of fragile spun sugar and were delicately lit in the space. In the same way that 'Stone Record' jarred with the clean gallery space 'Collection: A Cosmic Pavilion' jarred with the industrial space of The Glue Factory.

Emily Donnini is interested in playing with our expectations of documentation, information and interpretation. She appears to enjoy working in a variety of materials and presents crafted and sumptuous works riddled with falsities and impossibilities. With 'Stone Record', the imprint of the vinyl record has been preserved in the stone but the recording defies traditional listening. 'Collection: An International Search' offers an insight into the most popular searches but again what you see is removed from the original information. By the time the re-workings are animated the popularity of that search will have changed, negating the perceived instant information of the web.

Selected by Katie Bruce
Published July, 2010

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