A group exhibition of around 30 ASC Studio artists and their invited friends which begins to explore the value of community described in E F Schumacher's 'Small is Beautiful'. Coinciding with ASC's Open Studio weekend, the show is curated by Jillian Knipe and Karolina Albricht.
'Small is Beautiful More and Less' takes up and underlines Schumacher's significance of the individual and their local environment. Selected works are those which emulate smallness as fragile, an exploration, an aspect of community and the personal. A collective of small objects and images are shown together to form a mass, though shine a spotlight and they disperse into fragments of their own composition.
First published in 1973, Ernst Friedrich Schumacher wrote 'Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered'. He urged a shift away from the idolatry of giantism and his book is a testament to the freedom of small scale, local production within the unity of a global outlook. Written at a time when the UK was entering what was to become the European Union, wary of globalisation, it seems critical to now reinvigorate questions around what makes for a prosperous community.