Crit 56 @ Whitechapel Gallery, 3 December 2014

Crit 55  @ Whitechapel Gallery


Wednesday 3 December 2014

Q-Art Crit 2-5pm


Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street


E1 7QX


Presenters Detais


Dominic Heffer

Professional Artist

Statement about your practice:

Dom’s work attempts to create a balance between a cultivation of reverie and a joyful abandonment in matter. Ideas are fast and there exists a time lag in the see-saw motion between conception and execution. The work gives credence to the many states that are encountered in the creative process, especially doubts and decision making processes that are often left out of the viewers’ experience of the work.

He refers to the large canvases as ‘attention screens’ in which imaginary characters, often self-parodies called ‘stooges’, interact with dubious machines to no obvious result other than the ‘resolution’ of an image.

Dom lives and works in Hull, he was shortlisted for the Woolgather Art Prize in 2012, has worked with the Media Ecology Association, Michigan, 20‐21 Visual Arts Centre, The Institute of General Semantics, in New York. He was recently awarded a research and development grant from Arts Council England for a project entitled ‘Ideas/Matter’. He is also co-ordinator of KAG Gallery.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

Fresh perspectives – critical analysis of the thinking behind the work and the themes surrounding it…


Ivan (Benitez)

Facilities coordinator – Eurostar (dayjob)

Personal Website:​

Statement about your practice:

I do painting and drawing, some of it are meant to be installations but because restrictions in space I have decided to give them birth somehow on paper, my subject matter? Surrealism, contemporary surrealism, which I try to convey in simple images not too abstract from reality (or what we assume this is)

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

I’ve had few exhibitions in the past and although people find my work interesting, it will be good to understand what people that are more familiarized with art think of it.


Juliet Eccles

Central Saint Martins

MA Communication Design 2nd Year

Graphic Artist and Parent

Statement about your practice:

Imagine you float between everyday assumptions about the physical, functioning body and its surroundings. You defy social categories and live on the margins of the economy and environment, falling between the cracks of this room. With a diminished social status and a lack of interaction, you drift on the threshold of the white cube, floating in the liminal space of nothingness. My work tries to explore this problem and engage an audience in dialogue.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

Feedback on whether the audience’s perceptions have shifted and whether they found the subject engaging.


Inga Loyeva

Central Saint Martins

MA Fine Art 2nd Year

Student, Lecturer of Artistic Anatomy

Statement about your practice:

“Do events as depicted in the mainstream and social media resemble what’s taking place on the ground?” has weighed heavily on my mind when the global zeitgeist of civil disobedience and riots fell upon Ukraine, the country where I was born. In late January 2014, I decided to bypass the obfuscating web of media and travel directly to Maidan in Kyiv to explore the human side of the political.

Upon returning to London a series of paintings composed from photographs I took in Kiev began to emerge. Typically, I begin a painting by working with reference images in Photoshop but once the composition begins to represent the story I want to tell, I take the investigation onto canvas where I have unlimited freedom to explore the narrative further employing composition, aesthetics and mark making, emphasizing or playing down various elements.

My work does not attempt to find a single objective truth about this geopolitical struggle but rather add a new data point to the constellation of perspectives on the Ukrainian identity crisis and media spectacle
in the form of my own artistic truth.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

Very interested in other people’s interpretations of my work as well as questions, conversations and concerns that arise from experiencing it.


Julie Caves

Camberwell College


Twitter- @juliecaves
FB- JulieCavesArtist and BlackhorseLaneStudios

Statement about your practice:

I paint imaginary scenes and mysterious objects that are equal parts attractive and repellent, awkwardly beautiful. I am interested in surface and often build up layers of paint that create a richness of surface while they simplify the form. I use ambiguity and oppositions in my paintings so the edges are often fugitive and there is some form of contrast (colour, shape or idea). Colour is important in my work. I am trying to figure out what painting is for.

Feedback you are seeking from crit participants and what you’d most like to get out of the crit:

I would like to know what meaning the paintings communicate to the viewer.


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