f(US)e | MFA 1st Year Show from the Belfast School of Art – 12 to 26 May

QSS Gallery and Studios is delighted to once again partner with Belfast School of Art to host F(US)E, a group exhibition showcasing works from the current Year 1 MFA students.

Opening event: Thursday 12th May 2022 from 6pm-8pm.

No booking required, please see the ‘visitor information’ section of our website for further details on visiting the gallery: www.queenstreetstudios.net/visitor-information/

Exhibition dates: 11th-26th May 2022, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm.

f(US)e 15 components 15 artists

Switch

The function of the switch is to regulate the current between the load and the source of power.

Capacitor

The function of the capacitor is to store energy.

Battery

The function of the battery is to supply energy.

Diode

The function of the diode is to allow energy to pass in one direction.

Resistor

The function of the resistor is as a passive component, to limit the flow of current.

LED

The function of the LED is to convert energy into light.

Voltmeter

The function of the voltmeter is to measure voltage.

Ammeter

The function of an ammeter is to measure current.

Themistor

The function of the thermistor is to change its resistance as temperature changes.

LDR

The function of the LDR is to detect and react to light.

Lamp

The function of the lamp is to glow brightly when current passes through it.

Transistor

The function of the transistor is to amplify or switch signals and power.

Buzzer

The function of the buzzer is to provide an audio signal.

Motor

The function of the motor is to convert energy.

Transformer

The function of the transformer is to increase or reduce voltage.

f(US)e

Only our forms endure. And stubborn words

hover and adhere, attend to our passing

like faithful retainers.

Geddis, Gary. The Terracotta Army (Oberon: 1984).

Little words may have large meanings. The work in this exhibition, as with its title, has diverse connotations and multiple intentions.

Cohesively combining work is a particular challenge for a group of students who, ultimately, are appraised individually. In embracing this difficulty, we have collectively curated our work, searching for cohesion. The work flowing, as in a circuit, becomes a functioning body of research in itself, as opposed to a collection of individual mini exhibitions; all components essential to the efficacy of the whole.

The process, to learn, to develop as artists, to work together may or may not be evident or relevant for the viewer. Regardless of intention or meaning, we have united, amalgamating and rendering our work around the title f(US)e, where explanation dissolves or is at least, rendered thin. As with a functioning electrical circuit, the combination of components allows various simple and complex operations to be performed. Thus thoughts, ideas and concepts, like electrons, can be moved, from one place to another, from one individual to another through paint, sculpture, photography etc. Here words are superfluous and yet not. Here we have the cell, here the battery, here the capacitor, the resistor, the transformer…The fuse (the making of art) within this context, permits experimentation. The mechanism as a sacrificial device, allows the work in this exhibition to stay provisional and speculative.

Venue: QSS Belfast, 2nd Floor, The Arches Centre, Belfast
Dates: 11th – 26th May
Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 5pm.

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