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Mr Graham Gussin
Slade School of Fine Art
University College London
  • Lecturer
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

My research is centred around the production of artwork made for exhibition in the public realm, this may be within a gallery context or other spaces, a wide and diverse engagement with the public is sought and different methods and strategies are employed and carried out. My research seeks to engage the public and ask questions about subject matter, it uses themes of landscape, place and memory while also engaging with other cultural forms such as cinema and written text.

I am interested in structures and themes which surround our ideas about place, such as utopian and dystopian spaces and I am looking at both the urban and rural aspects of this. For some time now my interest has been centred on a notion of the ‘Terrain Vague’, this has become an umbrella term involving many aspects of my practice - essentially this is a concern with two elements which are place and agency, these elements are constantly being explored and questioned through my research and output. Terrain Vague could be proposed as a productive zone, one which exists geographically and psychologically, I am very interested in the relationship between these two ‘states’ and how they effect our thinking around contemporary issues such as environment and the individual.

I use a very diverse approach in the production of works, my research output uses video, installation, sculpture, text and other media which involves the viewer/reader with a complex 

and layered practice, one which shifts its material and means in order to challenge notions of established and given forms. This approach can be seen as essential, my aim is for the output to question notions of the recognisable and the sequenced, it aims, to some extent, to disrupt.

Graham Gussin uses a wide range of media, including texts, drawings, film, video, sound and installation, to explore the perception of time, space and scale. His works frequently appropriate and manipulate images and literary narratives taken from art history, popular culture and, above all, cinema. His deconstruction of cinematic materials reveals a special interest in film language's structural sediment rather than its narrative articulations. The resulting ambiguity engenders a type of deconstruction of the notion of the sublime, which is questioned through a continuous movement between apparent proximity and effective distance.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Spring 2019

Currently researching 'Terrain Vague' a research event to be held at SRC, UCL in November 2109. This will be a three day event with invited speakers and an exhibition. It centres around my concerns with territory, agency and landscape.

Preparing work for exhibition at Archipelago Art centre, Azores. A major group museum show with 12 international artists documenting work made during residencies there.

Current exhibition: Criminal Ornamentation curated by Yinka Shonibare. Touring Arts Council exhibition.Leicester, Wakefield, Exeter and Southampton.

Summer 2018

Solo exhibition 'The Mary Jane Paintings' opened at Handel Street projects in June. The work consisted of 12 new paintings that have been developed over a ten year period. They take on subject matter such as the history of painting and its relation to notions of the visionary. A text written by Jonthan P Watts was written to accompany the exhibition. This body of work comes out of research made into Walter Benjamin's 'On Hashish' and Sadie Plant's text 'Writing On Drugs' and it considers ideas about content and agency within artworks.

Completed a solo exhibition of work made during the Azores residency, held at Fonseca Macedo Gallery in the capital, Ponta Delgada, in October 2018.

Work ffrom this exhibition purchased by The Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

Group exhibitions have included 'Inhabit' and 'Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always' both at the Towner gallery, Eastbourne. Also 'Artist's Voices, poster project for the Porto Underground, Portugal.

Works presently included in new displays at Tate Britain.

Publication of major book: CLEARBLUESKYDEEPDARKWATER from the solo museum show of the same title held at CGAC, Santiago de Compostela in 2013. The book is an overview of works from the past ten years including both short and long essays from many different writes, curators and artists.
June 2013
Solo Museum show at CGAC, Santiago de Compostela. Bringing together of over 25 works including ten new pieces some especially commissioned for the exhibition.
Participating on a regular basis in group shows both nationally and internationally.

Teaching Summary

Teaching / other activities

Present: Slade School, UCL. MA/MFA Sculpture. point 4 fte.


Slade School, BA/BFA, sculpture, point 4 vt 2012- 2015

Teaching Fellowship, MA/MFA Media Slade School 

of Fine Art, UCL. 2010-2011

Chelsea School of Art. Visiting lecturer. BA  1994- present

Goldsmiths College. Visiting lecturer. BA   1995-1998

Central St Martins Visiting lecturer MA (PT) 1999-2002

Central  St Martins. Visiting  lecturer  BA       2006-2008

Kent University. 0.4 BA/MA   2008-2010

Phd Assessment  RCA photography         2007

Phd Tutor. Suki Chan, Chelsea.   2005-2008

Mentor, Naheed Raza, Wellcome Trust Arts Award Scheme   2008

Writing and running ‘Text, Performance  and Digital Media’Four day  course for BA students CSM. 2011

Kingston Art School. Visiting lecturer, one day 2011 (Photography  course)

Co-curator,  Bloomberg  Space. 2003-2009

Curator for ‘Nothing’ exhibition, touring 2000-2001

Selector, New Contempories  2002

Imperial War Museum commissioning board. 

Public talks:

1992. Serpentine Gallery, London. Public talk on group exhibition.

1997. Slade School, UCL, Contemporary Art Lecture.

1998. Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen - Robert Smithson in context.

Presented a talk on Robert Smithson and time at two day conference.

1998. ICA, London. Panel discussion ‘Art and New Media’.

1999. Artist’s talk, Aarhus Art Academy, Denmark.

2001. Talk on ‘Nothing’ exhibition: NGCA, Sunderland and Warwick University.

2002. BFI, London. Organised by Film and Video Umbrella, London.

2003. Camberwell school of Art. Artists talk.

2005. Art Summer Academy at Tate Modern, Contemporary Video. Presentation and talk.

2010. Barcelona Academy of Art. Artists talk.

2008. Placing Art in The Public Environment. Tate St Ives. Key speaker.

2011. ‘In Conversation’ with Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry, Artsway Gallery, Hampshire.

2011. Remote Viewer and other works, Film and Video Umbrella, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham with Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery.

2012. Public talk in conversation with Architect David Chipperfield during exhibition ‘Animated Environments’ at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios.

2012. Falmouth College of Art. Artists talk.

2012. Current Practice, talk delivered to gallery visitors, Roche Sculpture Court, Winchester.

2013. Art South East. Panel discussion ‘Collaboration’ Winchester Hall.

2015. ‘Sequences’ Talk on video works, Sequences Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland.2017. Artist’s talk on work made during residency, Centre Archipelago, São Miguel, Azores.

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