Kingston University students were given the opportunity to work with top designer Daniel Eatock for his new exhibition One + One at the Stanley Picker Gallery.
Students were asked to select and source everyday objects and combine them in unusual ways resulting in watermelons wearing swimming caps, a full sized umbrella in a cocktail glass and even a basketball inside a fish bowl.
Eatock explains: ‘We had to be very precise about the objects we used. We couldn’t use any old watermelon, for example. If we were going to put a swimming cap on it, we had to find one that was roughly the same size as a human head. I went round so many different fruit and veg stores looking for one – and finally found it in a shop miles away from my flat and had to carry it home.’
Eatock and the students met every fortnight to brainstorm ideas and discuss what sort of objects could be used.
One of the students involved was Nicola Brown: ‘We compiled a list of all the objects we needed and their specifics. Daniel used this as a shopping list, while I tried to contact anyone who could help us hire the more expensive objects.’
Fellow student Helen McCathie said of the experience: ‘It’s been a great opportunity to work with an established artist and get an insight into the process of setting up an exhibition from day one. It’ll be useful experience when considering applying for internships or postgraduate study in the future.’
One + One runs until the end of March at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University