Fraserburgh art student unveils work at Aberdeen exhibition

A Fraserburgh art student, who has explored the film making process in his final year project, has seen his work go on display in Aberdeen.

Conor Gault Degree Show 2016Conor Gault (23), a contemporary art practice student at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, is currently exhibiting his final year project at the art school’s Degree Show.

The former Fraserburgh Academy pupil has created a three minute film which explores the technical aspects of film-making.

Conor said: “The process of making a film essentially became my subject matter. Choosing different technical processes to achieve a certain image, and using that image as a catalyst for a certain thought or emotion made up a process which was rewarding, though not short of challenges. The story of the film follows a day in the life of a French girl living in Scotland.”

His inspiration for the project came from critically acclaimed film makers such as Wes Anderson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

“I focused on their use of symmetry to entice and fully involve the audience in the worlds that they create,” Conor explained. “This sparked a desire to learn more about how these worlds were created, leading me to quintessential directors such as Hitchcock, Truffaut, Godard, Tarantino, P.T. Anderson and Jeunet, and their individual uses of cinematic techniques. 

“Approaching my work I like to consider the inevitability of mimesis, and the accepted and encouraged custom of taking aspects of other people’s work and making it your own.”

He added: “I aim with my work to convey an emotion, a nuance or an idea, or to hint at a story through the medium of narrative film and how this can be done through a focus on lighting, camera movement, colour association or the correlation between sound and image.”

Speaking of his time at Gray’s, Conor said: “Gray’s for me has been challenging. Being mindful that mistakes weren’t necessarily failures was key to my progression through the mediums made available by the CAP course. I discovered that I was absolutely useless at sculpture and printmaking, and found that my work manifested itself best in the medium of moving image.

“The process of making the film has been just as important as how the finished product presents itself, and because of this I think narrative film as a medium has fit well into the context of contemporary art.”

The Gray's School of Art Degree Show 2016, sponsored by BP, will run until Saturday, June 25. Entry is free and opening times are Monday to Friday, 7am to 10pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and Sunday, 9am to 3pm.

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Kirsty Groseneill

Communications Office | Placement student