Bishop Grosseteste Year Two Visual Art Students
Tuesday 16th - Friday 27th February 2015*
'I Walk the Line'
'I keep a close watch on this heart of mine, I keep my eyes wide open all the time'
I Walk the Line is a group exhibition of second year Visual Arts students’ on-going practice. This is a first time Bishop Grosseteste has put on an exhibition showcasing second year students and also a first exhibition in a public space for many of the exhibitors. Apart from developing students professional skills and understanding as to the processes involved in putting on an exhibition, this opportunity also offers time and space to reflect on how well their own work is communicating their own personal ideas.
I walk the line is taken from the title of Johnny Cash’s first hit song. It was a proclamation of fidelity and a ‘note to self’ while the singer was touring the USA and tempted by adoring fans. When he was still in his first marriage, the singer himself recalled "It was kind of a prodding to myself to, `Play it straight, Johnny,'". A line from the song - ‘I keep a close watch on this heart of mine, I keep my eyes wide open all the time’ is fitting for art students who negotiate the demands of an academic training with the somewhat tacit requirement in developing a personal ‘voice’ or ‘signature’. The song’s call for vigilance is also apposite, both literally and metaphorically when creating art works relevant to contemporary practice.
As ever thanks go out to Bishop Grosseteste and the contributing staff who have made the exhibition possible.
Dr John Rimmer
Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator for Visual Arts
Open daily 10am - 5pm (closed Mondays)
*Exhibition closes 3.30 on Friday 27th February