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Dave Anderson. Zoe Anspach. Max Bacharach. Nick Dawson. George Fereday. Annelie Fawke. Yuichi Hirako. Cariad Hancock. Takako Jin. Kenta Suzuki. Atsuko Usuba. Stephen Warrington. Michael Whitby.
by Kenta Suzuki, Yuichi Hirako
In this project, we are proposing to fill this indifferent space with the artworks of nine British and four Japanese artists. At first glance, these works all seem to have their individual identities, but once you divide them into two groups according to their nationalities, it transpires that the works tend to share some features common with works from the same country. To prevent a certain atmosphere from developing, which tends to happen when artists of the same nationality are put together, the works in this show have been displayed unsystematically. Name plates have been avoided, and by so doing, the nationality of each work has been made more obscure. The idea is to enjoy the random collision of atmospheres between the individual works.
setup of a degree show is a similar kind of entity, in which the
works of numerous artists from various backgrounds are displayed
together at the same time. In a degree show, each artist is given
their spaces with equal priority. The visitors wander around the
spaces prepared for them, much as one would stroll in an aquarium,
from tank to tank, admiring the diversity of fish on display. The
difference between the aquarium and this exhibition is that the
artists here are like a multitude of different fish that have all
been tossed into one enormous fish tank. They are oblivious of the
main objective of this project, and are each exhibiting their works
for their own respective reasons. Returning briefly to the metaphor
of the fish in one huge tank the fish would probably swim around
in panic and confusion at first, then gradually form shoals, the
stronger species eating the weaker ones, and eventually develop
some kind of harmony within the tank. Let's wait and see what happens
between the fish in our gallery.