Studio 2: Materiality / Immateriality

Studio overview

Through field trips, making artwork and discussion about artworks this studio has looked at what the terms 'material' and 'immaterial' mean to us now - how the definitions of these words may have changed over time. There is no primary or secondary in making and thinking: they are the same thing. This studio understands that not knowing is not more creative than knowing.

Perhaps since the production of the Model T Ford, our understandings of materiality and production changed at a very fast pace. For over half a century artists have been outsourcing production of artwork to fabricators based elsewhere. In fact, this type of displaced production has become the norm. Dematerialisation was a hot topic in the late 1960s. Driven by the refusal of both an aesthetic canon and a dominant, conservative market, the disintegration of traditional ‘matter’ was in part motivated by a democratising principle. Some turned to language as the primary vehicle for art. At the same time actions and processes became more important than the objects that resulted.

Issues around dematerialisation and immateriality are now very different, informed by contemporary art debates on ‘participatory practice’ and the presence of immaterial labour everywhere, not just in art. In our time partly due to the economic crisis, and also to growing ethical/ecological consciousness, many artists now focus again on making work with a transient quality, even using their own body as ‘material’ or as an object or membrane.

By Katherine Lazenby

Exhibition Details

P.V. Tuesday 10th June, 6-10pm
Opens Wed 11th - Sat 21st June
Venue Central House (2nd floor)
Online Cass Degree Show
Studio Studio 2: Materiality / Immateriality
Course Fine Art BA (Hons)

Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6pm-10pm

Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Venue:
Central House (2nd floor)
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)

See Fine Art Online Catalogue

ISAAC BRANCO
LISA CHU
EMMA GOWER
ELIZABETH HARPER
SILJA HYTTI
ALISON JENKINS
KATHARINE LAZENBY
TOM PARKER
WILLIAM PECK
FLORA PICKERING
MICHAEL ROBERTSON
PETER SADOWSKI
PHOEBE SEAWELL
ABDUL SHYLLON
JON SOUTHAM
EDMUND SPENCER BERNARD
SARAH WILLIAMS