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Another Look at CSM's Big White Wall Project in Homage to Eduardo Paolozzi

On the 7th March, Central Saint Martins in partnership with Liquitex and Cass Art launched this year’s Big White Wall. The Big White Wall is an annual competition open to all CSM students to submit proposals for how they would use the space to create a large-scale temporary artwork.

This year, the collaborative project Cross Hatching has been created by 30 students, who have designed six mounted panels using traditional, and contemporary digital printing methods and mediums, to achieve varied textures. The work reflects the “wall collage” surfaces created by Eduardo Paolozzi and Nigel Henderson at the Central in the 50s. Paolozzi taught at Central School from 1945 – 1955, and is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art.

2016’s project was awarded to the BA Fine Art student, Matthew Wang, who used Liquitex soft body to paint the Big White Wall with colour coded blocks based on Google’s search algorithm of highest priority images in a geographical region.

Mark Cass, CEO and Founder of Cass Art said: 
"Students are the lifeblood of Cass Art which is why we are thrilled to be supporting the Big White Wall Project at Central Saint Martins for the third year running. We hope that that the experience of working collaboratively on this scale and in a site-specific nature serves the students well as they venture onwards to become professionals in their chosen fields. On a personal note, it is wonderful to see students engage with the work of Eduardo Paolozzi, an artist that plays a central role in the history of the Cass Sculpture Foundation. It has been a joy to speak with the tutors and students about this great artist and the ways in which he inspired them to bring their vision to life."

This project coincides with the Paolozzi retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery and the Central Saint Martins Window Galleries exhibition In Collaboration: Eduardo Paolozzi at the Central School, 1949 - 1955.

  • Materials and expertise were supplied by Liquitex, and the project was generously supported by Cass Art.
  • Head to the CSM website to see recent news, events and more about the project. 

ExhibitionsJohn Bingham