/st^t(r)/ is a six person exhibition by RCA MA Painting students

Jess Beige ‘T’ from Here Dreams of Being There C-type Print 127.0 x 127.0 cm 2020 FAD MAGAZINE
Jess Beige ‘T’ from Here Dreams of Being There C-type Print 127.0 x 127.0 cm 2020

“If you lie in wait for a word at the moment it comes out of the mouth, try to catch it, to chew it before it is spit out (and that would actually be to grasp the gesture of speaking), you notice that you are always a second too late.”

– Vilém Flusser

The sculpture is part of a series of works and therefore I also include an installation view. About the work: Year: 2020 (made during lockdown) Medium: Wax, pigment Size: Dimensions variable Photos by Jenny Sundby FAD MAGAZINE
Trine Struwe The sculpture is part of a series of works and therefore I also include an installation view. About the work: Year: 2020 (made during lockdown) Medium: Wax, pigment Size: Dimensions variable
Photos by Jenny Sundby

/st^t(r)/ is a six person exhibition by RCA MA Painting students whose course broke, paused and stuttered due to a global pandemic.

Francesca Maiden, Mother, Hag Francesca Mollett 2020 Oil and acrylic on calico 120 x 100cm
Francesca Mollett Maiden, Mother, Hag 2020 Oil and acrylic on calico 120 x 100cm

While we have been offered a virtual show as a way to showcase our work – the need for community, communication and intimacy through building physical objects and exhibitions has never been more pressing. The show, using the stutter as a metaphor, will act as both a personal and collaborative reflection on our practices, as well as consider the rupture that has taken place in our education, perception and the materials that surround us.

Jess Beige ‘First Ship’ from Here Dreams of Being There Pencil on Concrete 15.0 x 30.0 x 4.5 cm 2020 FAD MAGAZINE
Jess Beige ‘First Ship’ from Here Dreams of Being There Pencil on Concrete 15.0 x 30.0 x 4.5 cm 2020

A stutter (/st^t(r)/) exists outside of language – or normal comprehension. It is involuntary pause – or a lapse in sound that acts as a break to traditional understanding. It is within this unknowing, this ghostly transition, this bodily push back against a known reality system of language, that there is a momentary creation of a silent sculpture in the mouth. The pandemic has been this sculpture, a temporary halt to ‘normality’ in which perception and time bent out of shape. Globalisation halted, when we never thought it could. As culture makers, we must not ignore this rupture but try to understand it, try to weave it into our practices and understand its potential for change and possibility.

Silke I was sleeping sleepless and dreaming awake 2020 Video (colour, sound) FAD MAGAZINE
Silke Weißbach I was sleeping sleepless and dreaming awake 2020 Video (colour, sound)

Jess Beige, Ed Compson, Francesca Mollett, Trine Struwe, Kiki Wang, Silke Weißbach
27 Aug – 1 Sep, 2020 at BAKIIBAK GALLERY 10am – 5pm, Saturday to Monday Offerfair Business Park, Maunsell Rd, Saint Leonards, East Sussex, UK, TN389HL bakiibak.com/artgallery

Kiki Wang Untitled Oil on Board 58 x 47 cm 2020 FAD MAGAZINE
Kiki Wang Untitled Oil on Board 58 x 47 cm 2020

BAKIIBAK GALLERY is little gallery space in St. Leonards /st^t(r)/ is it’s first not for profit contemporary art exhibition part of a year long program. Their hope is to bring a little something different and edgy to Hasting in the form of performance, sound, installation and many other aspects of contemporary art. Future projects include an exhibition with Lophelia, a sound art/music collaborative looking at the climate and environment. They aim to “create a link to the sciences through immersive art experiences.” bakiibak.com/artgallery

Enteric System??Ed Compson 2020 Oil and laser etching on linen 70 x 90 cm FAD MAGAZINE
Enteric System Ed Compson 2020 Oil and laser etching on linen 70 x 90 cm

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