A group show curated by MORE, bringing together students, practicioners and tutors from The Cass. With works by Deej Fabyc, Richard Ducker, Ben Cain, Peter Fillingham, Bethan Hughes, Grace Radford, Adam Oczkowicz, Hamer Faramarzi, Adele Lazzeri, Toby Tobias Kidd.
‘It was a confrontation with the body. It was the notion that the object recedes in its self-importance. It participates in a complex experience that includes the object, your body, the space, and the time of your experience. It’s locked together in these things.’ — Robert Morris
A Connection Is Made is about allowing a communication that happens within the act of collaboration, and that persists between the art objects that originate from it. Utilising and exploring relationships founded on interactions in the educational facility of CASS school of Art, where mentors, students, tutors, lecturers, visiting artists, intermingle. This series of works will adopt both a non-specificity of the media and a direct relation to the Gallery site. Notably, the aim is to unfold the process of collaboration between artists at different stages of their career, where the ‘space, as a practiced place, admits of unpredictability. Rather than mirror the orderliness of place, space might be subject not only to transformation, but ambiguity’ (Nick Kaye, 2000).
The artworks produced subsist in the Gallery space as residuals of the collaboration that took place, and the public will witness the process through those objects in the space. The student-mentor relation will, therefore, include the audience through the artworks, establishing a collaborative play that is objectified in the art pieces. Exploring different media and methods, we will analyse the subject-object relationship and the features of the “vibrant matter” (Jane Bennet) that composes them both. Questioning the journey of making, MORE curatorial presents a study of relations and their potential transformations regulated by the environment.
MORE curatorial formed in 2017 by London-based artists Adele Lazzeri, Hamer Faramarzi, Toby Tobias Kidd while collaborating together at GMK Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia.
Deej Fabyc works with performance, installation, photography and video. Her work has for many years addressed the psychological dimensions of the personal and political experience of trauma. A sense of ambivalence and ‘schlock horror’ permeates her oeuvre. Deej is based in London where she is founding director of Elastic Residence, artist project space. She is a key figure in KISSS, an international curatorium of artists working with issues of surveillance. Deej has held a one-year residency bursary at Artsadmin, London and has recently completed residencies at Dartington School of Art, Devon, the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, and Rules and Regs, at A Space Gallery, Southampton during 2007. Recent significant performances include Details at L’abracada Festival International d’Art Contemporani, Castell de la Bisbal, Spain 2006; And She Watched, Trace Installation Artspace, Cardiff, 2005 and Kingsgate Gallery, London 2004; and in Don’t Call it Performance, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and Centro Parraga, Murcia, Spain, 2003. Her work has been shown internationally both in museums and artist-run spaces for the past 25 years.
Since gaining his MA from Goldsmiths in 1991, Richard Ducker has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally, including: Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Royal Academy, Edinburgh; Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; The Kitchen, New York; The Yard Gallery, Nottingham; Katherine E Nash Gallery, Minnesota, USA; Venice Biennale (off-site); Anglia Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; and in London: Serpentine Gallery; Flowers Central; Cell Project Space; Standpoint Gallery; CGP; V22; Anthony Reynolds Gallery; Angus-Hughes Gallery; Coleman Projects; dalla Rosa Gallery; and Arthouse1 Gallery. In 2006 Ducker founded Fieldgate Gallery, a warehouse space in Whitechapel, that ran until 2008. Since then he continues to curate under the name of Fieldgate Gallery, www.fieldgategallery.com.
Ben Cain lives and works in London and Zagreb. He is a tutor on Fine Art at CASS, and Central Saint Martins, London. Cain studied his MA at Jan van Eyck Akademie in 2000, and his BA in Interactive arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in 1997. Throughout his career Cain has worked with sculpture, installation, theatre, sound, performance, and publication. His work has been exhibited internationally including Manifesta 9, Genk; Weils, Brussels, and Busan Biennale, South Korea, and Croatian Pavilion at 57thVenice Biennale and KM Graz (both in collaboration with Tina Gverovic). His work has also been exhibited at several UK institutions including David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Turner Contemporary, Margate; BlueCoat Gallery, Liverpool; The Tetley, Leeds; and Site Gallery, Sheffield.
Ben Cain is represented by Supplement Gallery, London.
Peter Fillingham is a sculptor and curator. His practice includes site-specific, object-based installation, regeneration and cultural events. During the last three decades he has worked, collaborated and exhibited with many creative figures. His studio practice is related to a theatre of sculpture, (the processes through which ideas pass towards being realised as material/complete). Since 1997 Fillingham has played a large part in ‘making present’ artistic events on the peripheries of perceived cultural epicentres, notably in Kent and Nord Pas de Calais, where his work has been highlighted in publications by Art Historian and writer Jane Lee. Known for his sensitivity in situating artists – through exhibitions and events – to new places and spaces, in turn, he is able to introduce those places – and art – to broader audiences. He is highly sympathetic to already existing ad hoc situations, which are not essentially changed through his interventions, but sit side-by-side with them. His artistic practice has played an informed critical role in his teaching practice. He is a former Head of the 3D Pathway (Sculpture) at Central St. Martins and a former Chair of Fine Arts at Parson’s Paris. He is Editor-at-large at /Seconds.
Bethan Hughes is a multidisciplinary artist based in Leeds and Berlin. She uses digital processes and 3D visualisation software to create images and animations which then migrate off the screen and manifest as tactile objects, prints and audio-visual environments. Her practice seeks to explore how ‘digital life’ renders, replicates and fractures conceptions of bodies, spaces and images. Bethan is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the University of Leeds in the Faculty of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, where she also teaches in the undergraduate studio. She received a BA in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art in 2011 and an MA in Media Art and Design from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 2015 (DAAD). She has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe and in 2017 she received the 3rd Axisweb Award to establish ‘Poor Image Projects’.
Sir John CASS graduate Grace Radford investigates issues of the museum and the context of the western museum construct through works of print, film, and installation. Her work depicts fictional dystopian futuristic museology, drawing on 19th Century traditions of ethnographic pedantry. She examines the ethics and consequences of exhibitions and collecting.
Adam Oczkowicz is a Polish interdisciplinary artist currently on the final year of their Fine Art BA at Sir John Cass School of Art, whose practice focuses on the idea of fluidity of identity perceived through the lens of Britishness, Polishness, and a position of androgyny. Adam is interested in exposing themself to opinions of strangers as a means to present and transform her lived in and autobiographical practice as well as investigations in illustration, animation, textile. In 2017 Adam collaborated in a residency program in Zagreb, Croatia.
Hamer Faramarzi is an Iranian artist. His multidisciplinary art practices including print, video and photography. Current works involve deforming body parts to capture how the body today fits in digital screens. Hamer runs the residency program at Rubik Space gallery in Ealing.
Adele Lazzeri’s practice is concerned with the qualities and potentials of the matter. Exploring different methods and processes, she produces a body of work where every object is interconnected with the other. Adele investigates the idea of metamorphosis of the matter, questioning the relation of subject-object. Adele currently has work showing in the Bow Arts Centre as part of the British Council Fellowship exhibition from the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Toby Tobias Kidd’s practice involves the experience of Being, amongst the ever reconstructed and ersatz modalities of a post-digital cultural epoch. He has a particular interest in the apparatus, broken utopia, and the convergence of the gallery space concept with pop music making. Toby has performed in all over the world including at the The Barbican Centre, Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and Whitechapel Gallery Art Night; and collaborated with musicians such as Tim Burgess and Douglas Hart.