MA Art & Design Show 2019: Tacit Agreements Part II
Leeds School of Arts is proud to present its 2019 MA Art & Design Show 'Tacit Agreements II'. Building on the success of the first 'Tacit Agreements', which was part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International, this exhibition showcases work from 24 of our students.
(Image: Victoria Patterson - 'Pink Darker')
Opening Night, Private View: Friday 30 August, 18:00 - 20:00
General Admission: 02 - 06 September, anytime 10:00 - 16:00
The first part of Tacit Agreements, which responded to the invitation to be a part of Yorkshire Sculpture International, is a very different exhibition, yet continues the relationship in Part 2 to be held at Broadcasting House. The exhibition space has been converted, on the second floor of Building B, into a large scale installation.
Tacit Agreements, installed at Gallery House, applied the algorithm from GPS technology to derive unique visual forms of place and memory. The second part takes the notion of agreements that emerged in the process to provide arguments for an exhibition assembled of alternate histories and cultural differences. The exhibition, composed of 24participants of the MA Art and Design course considers the original forms that have composed and bonded our picture of the world as no longer stable, or decidable. By thinking the physical fragility of things as art, and making use of their histories and materials at hand, we ask a simple question of the tacit differences that determine the space of its exhibition. What conditions require our collective reinvention?
Danny builds sensitive spatial installations intuitively in response to specific dimensions using brilliant colour and painted gesture that together incorporate plastic found material and commercial spray paint without letting the relationship fall into familiar graffiti styles.
This work highlights some of the absurdities of gender stereotypes in a capitalist world of consumer culture and the invasive influence this has on the individual. Slick and glossy advertising techniques invite the consumer to be tempted, but also tell us to conform using a series of complex visual codes which are absorbed and then perpetuated by the viewer. Within an oppressive and claustrophobic setting, the installation suggests what happens when this kind of imagery is amalgamated, blended and mashed together, subverting the original meanings.
Jordan's process is a complex interrelation of ideas about natural place and physical journey, with an interest in the cognitive and virtual projection assembled as a mental cartography. He exploits certain traditional techniques with ink and graphite, which are held to representing experience, often difficult to contain as 'map' but more so as a body of ideas in formation.
Recently taken black and white photographs have been combined with Victorian images of people photographed by Jacob A. Riis to create ghostly images from a bygone age, inspired by the Airport scene at the end of Stephen King’s novel ‘The Langoliers’. I put the present in the past and bring the past into the present.
Victoria has experimented with various printing technologies and created sculptural works that resist conventional expectations of print. Cynotypes are sewn together to stretch across the space of the exhibition. Viewers may read these sequences of images in cinematic ways, where narratives are nuanced through the colour and material, evoking the impression of landscape and unfolding of human presence.
The Seance Outreach Programme reaches its third stage with this installation at the MA End Of Year Show where using music, visuals, and audience participation we will communicate with the ghosts of our promised future, and by bringing it into the forefront of our minds repair our damaged reality. In science fiction and speculative technology we were promised a perfect post-war future filled with robotics and plentiful materialism. Media promised us jet packs and flying cars in programmes such as Tomorrow’s World, and Star Trek envisioned a world where we would do away with capitalism in a post-scarcity society before it could imagine wirelessly networked computer systems.
These futures still exist in our hopes and dreams. They are locked in our culture as part of the compost our current world grows from. We have chewed these ideas up, and taken from them the necessary minerals to feed and accelerate our society without altering its ideology, leading to a confusing and tumultuous time. The Installation will focus these ideas into a knife point that can puncture the septic bubble of our chronosphere and alleviate the pressure pressing on our collective unconscious. By the end of the evening we will have created a better future not just for the people in the room, but Earth as a whole.
2 September 2019
6 September 2019
- 10:00 - 16:00
B206, Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9EN