The exhibition showcases the ambitious three- dimensional artworks realised over the course of the six-week programme. Whilst diverse in their practices, what draws the artists together is their commitment to the in-depth exploration and recalibration of ideas, materials and processes. Pushing an impulse to its full potential - even to its breaking point - is something else that this group shares.
The exhibition features work by Byzantia Harlow, David Rickard, Emily Motto, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau and Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen.
All these practices share a gravity of purpose as each one asks, in its own way: What are the possibilities of bucking the pancake flatness that threatens to suffocate us with its dull genericism? This question is explored in the exhibition, Which one of these is the non-smoking lifeboat? with the express purpose of insisting on a sense of sculptural production that seeks out progressive understanding as it iterates across a practitioner’s artworks, accumulating through a feedback loop of making in the studio and exposure to public encounter. In this way, the residency and resulting exhibitions celebrate an alternative to the ‘just-in-time production’ that is running roughshod over contemporary work and life. What is offered instead of this frenetic cycle of make-ship-repeat / buy-use-discard is gradual innovation and slow specialisation: obsessive depth instead of spreading breadth.