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On

Open to the public:
3rd-4th,9th-11th June
13:00 - 18:00

Artists are shown together for many different reasons; a theme, a place, a generation. These artists have been asked to show because of a common desire to research further, to look behind the basis of their working methodologies: their intention. And where they chose to pursue their various researches: three years ago the Slade School of Fine Art created the Specialist Research Development Programme, S.R.D.P for short. The aim was to create a space, a forum whereby artists who had completed postgraduate study could bring in self guided experimental projects and openly question the meaning of artistic research through the specific needs of their own practice. The aim we hope is to arrive at new parameters for describing and fostering original experimental research in the fine arts separate from academic course requirements but with full academic support.

On is a celebration of these first three years and the artists who have joined the programme and pushed and helped develop its aims. The results so far have been truly international, with artists from Australia , England , Israel , Japan and Korea . The projects diverse, highly individual and joined only by the location of the research within the Slade and their ambition to further their own work, the concepts behind that work and to question and contribute to the working parameters of research within fine art practice.

Shoko Ariba is an artist whose work defines the borderlines between personal space and performative space while being fully aware of and investigating the absurdity of her actions, closely involved with the European performance/ action group 'Gelatin' a drummer with the band "Junkbox". She has taken on the mantle of artist as trickster politely asking for happy victims.

Kentaro Haruyama makes exquisitely crafted objects, but then uses these objects to pose a perplexing question? Where did these forms come into being, where might they be located now? These objects are sited with great precision, usually accompanied by photographs, or a video, which may itself be interjected by an abstract, test card like construct of colour. His work is presented to us like the clues to a crime.

Dae Hun Kwon is concerned with tricks of the eye, or rather how the eye might trick the mind. Our innate tendency to see faces in almost anything. how the simplest of devices a rotating disc covered with small stickers can in the right light be just a series of shadows or a portrait. How carefully carved polystyrene can in the same conditions become a fish under water. He is an illusionist using the simplest of means to make us question whether we can believe our eyes.
Simon Pantling's work is a hybrid between painting and photography. he looks at the urban landscape; tower blocks the hoarding around building sites, he photographs them, then using digital techniques reconstructs them, flattens them into new images which seem to have no central perspectival sense of focus. revealing the overlooked beauty of the city and posing the question? has digital photography finally removed the identity of the image and with it the claim to authenticity.
Bill Sampson is a painter exploring the use of images, layering, marks and collage. Currently completing a Ph.D. at Victoria College of the Arts. The work in the exhibition is a set of marbled A4 sheets "Marks made by marbling - the sort of thing done in Primary School. Little deliberation and no expression. They are reminiscent of Warhol having his assistants urinate on etching plates." They demonstrate how seemingly random gestures can still create aesthetic unity.
Meekyoung Shin is a figurative artist who as she puts it 'translates' western notions of beauty, as represented by the classical cannons of sculpture into Eastern body types. Thus questioning not only the stereotypes of the depiction of female beauty but also her own training as a Korean artist taught in a Western academic form. She achieves these 'translations' in soap. Linking questions of beauty with hygiene, pollution and touch.
Akiko & Masako Takada are twins who work collaboratively exploring notions of scale, their work is often minute and painstakingly detailed. They produce objects, site specific interventions and video works which border on the fantastic in that they juxtapose the real: small everyday objects such as a glass of water, a map, a bar of soap with our conception of the real: a mountain range with a lake is carved into the bar of soap. we see a storm over a city in the glass of water. The minute is fused with the massive.
Kaoru Tsunoda is fascinated by invisible forces, magnetism, electricity, gravity. How a tear will one day return as a drop of rain. She makes complex works which are often kinetic. She makes delicate accumulations of small components which interact with each other as systems, which perform and record their own histories, measuring time but also reminding us of the beauty and the consequences of even the smallest of movements.
Eli Zafran's work questions the relationship between people and their surroundings. The relationship between the art work to the space it inhabits. Using seemingly simple interventions such as glass sheets with 1 mm wide mirrors to map spaces and question the way surfaces and light can be used to see spatial relationships. The works act as physical conceptual keys to his research into virtual constructs of space