Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership.
Interested in photography's ability to manipulate scale and expand the limits of human perception, Richard Paul worked with high-powered microscopes in the Materials department to produce lenticular prints, which give an impression of three-dimensionality. These portrayed objects and surfaces of vastly different sizes: from hand-held tools to to the surface of silicon. These prints were show as part of 'Beyond Transparency' in Martin Hall Gallery in early 2020. One of them - Suspended Diatoms (enhanced green) - has been purchased for the University's arts collection, and now hangs in the foyer of S Building, home to the Materials department.
Richard Paul was born in Paisley and studied BA Fine Art in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (now University of Dundee) and MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (now UA). An extended period as a catalogue photographer and noise musician coloured (literally) his vision of the world and the means by which he felt he could articulate it. A chance encounter with a product of Brian May’s obsession with stereoscopic photography (a still life by T.R. Williams) allowed him to figure out a happy medium between the image and the object; this has resulted in him producing lenticular prints and 3D videos for projection and 3DTV. Representation by Theodore:Art in New York, solo exhibitions in Seventeen Gallery London and Sixprojectspace, Bournemouth, and various international group shows have allowed him to develop his practice in full view of various publics.
Beyond Transparency: Works from 'Materials Residencies'
Thu 9 January 2020
12:00pm - 14:00pm
Exhibition of works produced by Materials Residency artists during and informed by their residencies. Read more
Beyond Transparency: Exhibition Opening
Wed 8 January 2020
12:00pm - 18:00pm
Join us to celebrate the opening of 'Beyond Transparency', featuring new work commissioned by Radar. Read more
Materials Conversations: Richard Paul & Duncan Wooldridge
Wed 27 February 2019
13:00pm - 14:00pm
A discussion on photography, materiality, reproduction and authorship. Read more