2 – 17 September 2019
A CAS Associate Artist group exhibition at SPUDwords in Sway
A dissenting voice is an alternative voice. Whether quiet or loud, individual or collective, the dissenter invites us to see the world in a different way. CAS Associate Artists came together in this exhibition at SPUDworks in Sway, to present their alternative voices. As part of a collective, together CAS Artists are interested to explore on a conceptual, material and human level, what it means to dissent.
Based in a 19th century Dissenters Chapel, CAS associate artists are engaged in something of a rebranding exercise. For lets face it, dissent gets a bad rap. But those early dissenters had a higher calling. Dissenting against the hegemonic powers of their time, they were seeking a truer expression of the world around them. And using their example, CAS associate artists are looking at dissent as a methodology for moving forward in a world which, some might argue, has an increasingly narrow and polarised vision.
The work in this exhibition explores dissent from a number of angles. Some voices are quieter, some louder; some work looks within for that alternative voice and invites us to do so as well, to reflect on how dissent sits within the individual. Some looks outward, to distant cultures, bringing forcibly to our attention, the lived experience of others. Some includes the viewer in the artwork itself, tracking our movements and articulating them in a myriad of digital output. Other work looks back, probes memories, looks to experience to make possible that alternative future. Some work evokes our bodily experience in a gender free ecology of nature, and the sensory. And some asks, does dissent sit with us alone, or does material itself have a dissenting voice in the artist’s hands?
@ SpudWORKS, Sway
James Aldridge, ‘Walking Bundles’
Tony Spencer ‘Flesh and Blood’
Kimvi Nguyen, Draa River Dissent
Tony Spencer, ‘Flesh and Blood’
Christine Dodd, Root Survival
Maija Liepins ‘Alternative Lore‘ Film
Banner by Peter Driver
Whether and what way we take this individual invitation ‘Let us Dissent’, CAS associate artists encourage us to do so throughout our lived experience. While it is an individual and nuanced approach, it is a collective and a human trait. Dissent is all around us, if we care to look. An alternative vision. The desire to see the now for what it could be. – Susan Francis, CAS Curator