Published on January 22, 2014 | by Edwige Dubois0
Chelsea alumnus in major Tate Britain exhibition
Chelsea alumnus Simon Ling is part of Painting Now, a major exhibition at the Tate Britain with four other contemporary artists.
Painting Now addresses the question of what painting means today and opens a discussion on the relationship between traditional and contemporary practices.
“It’s fantastic to see your work in a museum that has such a great reputation and to see (it) in what is basically an ideal situation,” Ling told the Arts London News.
In a statement released from the Tate Britain, Ling said “each of the five artists has adopted an approach to painting that both exploits and subverts its conventions.”
In Ling’s opinion, the lack of space and the homogenisation of students are the main current issues in art education: “I’ve been around art colleges recently and I find it really bemusing how people are crammed-in. A studio is an important working place, it is almost an expansion of your own mind.”
“I’ve been around art colleges recently and I find it really bemusing how people are crammed in. A studio is an important working place, it is almost an expansion of your own mind.” – Simon Ling
Ling graduated in 1991 from Chelsea College of Arts and has noticed a big change within the students’ art community between now and then: “There were people at college who I don’t think you’d find at college now; eccentrics, people who would possibly not even get on a foundation course now because they’d be considered as just too much trouble, unorthodox and resistant.”
To Ling, the most enriching aspect of his BA in Fine Arts was the rare “atmosphere generated interaction” he shared with other students, especially with Turner prize winner Chris Ofili, resident at the White Cube Gallery Neal Tait, and sculptor Steven Claydon.
Painting Now showcases the work of Simon Ling, Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story and runs until February 9.