Subject Matter Art


Subject Matter in action: our 2017 ‘Becoming’ exhibition opens to the public


Today is the day! Finally, after months of preparation, this afternoon we will  have the pleasure to say: “Welcome to the Becoming exhibition show people !”

What? Who? Where? When? 

The glass doors of the Dyson Gallery at the Royal College of Art’s Battersea campus will open today at 6 pm for a talk by RCA alumnus Idris Khan, followed by a private view of the show at 7pm.  

What is the show  ‘Becoming’ about? 
The ‘Becoming’ exhibition , which brings together 17 international artists articulating a shared interest in the theme of ‘becoming’ – both in terms of ‘becoming a sustainable artist’ and ‘becoming a collector’. Highlights will include hypnotic photos taken from one of Isobel Smith’s performances that showcase the artist’s research into the process of documenting or capturing the essence of a performance. Cheng-Hsu Chung explores the connection between human beings and nature in Mountain Quintet No 3. Gabriel Kenny-Ryder also draws from nature and presents crowded compositions of natural forms that give feelings of complete immersion even when printed at a modest scale. Hyun Kim’s découpage and collage-based prints taken from photographs document events in Korea that consider the power of the state vs the individual, based on the artist’s experiences growing up in South Korea.


Who is Idris Khan?

Born in Birmingham in 1978, Khan lives and works in London. Since completing his Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art in London in 2004 he has shown internationally, including recent solo shows at the Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester (2012); Sadler’s Wells, London (2011); Gothenburg Konsthall, Sweden (2011); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2010); Kunsthaus Murz, Murzzuschlag, Austria (2010) and K20, Düsseldorf (2008)
Drawing inspiration from the history of art and music as well as key philosophical and theological texts, Idris Khan investigates memory, creativity and the layering of experience. Khan’s works – in media including sculpture, painting and photography – rely on a continuous process of creation and erasure, or the adding of new layers while retaining traces of what has gone before. He is well known for his large-scale works in which techniques of layering are used to arrive at what might be considered the essence of an image, and to create something entirely new through repetition and superimposition.

What will happen next?


The exhibition will run from the 22nd February to the 3rd March.
Each art-piece in the exhibition will be available to purchase in limited editions at the show private view or here, some as photographic prints, others as digital artworks.
All proceeds will be donated to the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund, to support and enable the artists of the future.
We are looking forward to see you tonight, and in case you cannot make it, we sincerely hope that you’ll be able to see the show from the 22nd of February to the 3rd of March!

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