Student Shows 2012: Liverpool John Moores University School of Art and Design
Dan Gibson discovers an LJMU show balanced between theoretical and practical thinking
An ethos striking a balance between theoretical and practical thinking was seen in the diversity of this year’s Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) degree show. The school continues to encourage students to engage with their surroundings in Liverpool and the North West. The ambitious attempt to deal with challenging urban sites was impressive and the depth was cause for optimism.
The TED Talks-inspired ‘paradigm of a future green utopia’ unit stood out as generating the most engaging responses. The central image of Peter Edwards’ Genesis Project was a good example of a powerful graphic style.
As well as Peter Edwards’ work, noteworthy projects at degree level included Thomas Stacey’s polished response to the Living Art Gallery and Steven Anton’s Ballet Mechanique, a study of axonometric projection in relation to James Stirling’s work.
Diploma projects were grounded in an urban design context redefining Cumbrian coastal towns. Projects of note were Mark Yates’ gargantuan Workington Steel Centre and Robin Graham’s Cookery School in Maryport.
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Dan Gibson, director of Gibson Architects and guest critic at LJMU