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Paul Kindersley's Blood & Soul

Dazed speak to the Chelsea BA graduate currently exhibiting at the Transition Gallery

Transition Gallery in east London’s Broadway Market has awarded it’s first yearly prize to a Chelsea BA graduate to Paul Kindersley. His show She Wanted His Soul, But All He Could Give Her Was His Blood explores the ‘constellations’ of images in the mind of the artist in a multi-faceted installation.
An exhibition by a new graduate will more often than not be a starting point from which we can see an artist grow and develop. This exhibition presents many interesting ideas, which make Paul Kindersley one to watch. Dazed went along to ask him how it felt to be awarded such a prize so early in his career and also how he sees the future of his work.

Dazed Digital: How does it feel to be picked out at graduation?
Paul Kindersley: It was so exciting; I hadn't really planned beyond my degree show, but I was on such a roll, it is great to be able to keep the momentum going. Cathy, Alex, Alli and everyone have been amazing at Transition, in just allowing me (and trusting me!) with the show. The whole experience has really smoothed over what I expected to be a bumpy patch between graduation and 'the outside'!

DD: As a graduate how do you feel your art will develop?
Paul Kindersley: Its strange, but I don't feel that the graduating itself will change much, apart from already missing all the great people and facilities at Chelsea. I am constantly moving and re-evaluating, but I think graduating has upped my confidence. I feel that I can present my work without a struggle to explain or justify myself. This makes the work (and myself) more exciting and joyful, and experimentation becomes bolder.

DD: You spoke about the space you explore between the film and the viewer, and the false memories left by film. Are your 'sets' are constructs of your mental space?
Paul Kindersley: They are constructs of my mental experiences, the leftovers, memories and clues of countless experiences, real/imagined and viewed. However esoteric they are, I still feel that they can act in the same way for the viewer – triggering other clues and creating new narratives. I don't want to impose my mental space on to anyone! I feel that the work is the residue of pop culture having been squished through me and my experiences. It all originates from universally recognisable elements – it's perhaps bizarrely configured but the constellation is not completely alien to the viewer.

DD: Now you have graduated and had this show at Transition, what's next?
Paul Kindersley: Ah! Hopefully I will be able to continue as I have been! But I realise that it is indeed a privileged position to be doing something one loves and being able to make a living from it! I hope I will be given more opportunities to exhibit, but also work on developing my work. I would love to just keep up the momentum, and run on the energy that college and showing has given me and my work. I'm getting really excited about Andie Mcdowell's L’Oreal adverts at the moment – so watch this space!