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Why Dont You Dance / New Work by Slade Postgraduates / 2022
January 21 @ 9:30 am - February 11 @ 5:00 pm
Why Don’t You Dance?
New Work by Final Year Slade Postgraduates
A group exhibition of new work by final year Slade
postgraduate students organized by Sophie L. Knight and
Emily Mannion. Juried with the help of artist Adam Gibney.
Opening Friday, January 21, 6-9pm
January 22 – February 11, 2022
The Chaplin Centre, London, SE17 2DG
“In the kitchen, he poured another drink and looked at the bedroom suite in his front yard. The mattress was
stripped and the candy-striped sheets lay beside two pillows on the chiffonier. Except for that, things looked
much the way they had in the bedroom—nightstand and reading lamp on his side of the bed, nightstand and
reading lamp on her side.
His side, her side.
He considered this as he sipped the whiskey.”
Why Don’t You Dance? by Raymond Carver
Raymond Carver wrote short stories that seem to be absent of story. In Why Don’t You Dance he offers us a vignette with
little context, or backstory. The reader is dropped into an environment that feels familiar, banal even, then tweaks it just
enough so that it crosses into the terrain of the uncanny.
In this short story, the protagonist has emptied the entire contents of his home out onto his garden, everything is where it
should be, bed beside nightstand, tv in front of sofa… “everything was connected. Things worked, no different from how it
was when they were inside”. We know of a woman, his wife perhaps, who is no longer around. Objects exist within their
functional frame of reference, yet at a remove. A pair of teenage lovers arrive, get drunk, play records, dance, buy some of
his belongings and then depart.
Why Don’t You Dance? brings together final year Slade students across all departments and disciplines to respond to Carver’s short
story, creating a mixed media exploration of the text. Working across textile, painting, photography, film and sculpture all artists
grapple, in their own way, with the eerie world Carver opens up for us. These artists present at times an intimate portrait of loss,
chance encounters, the notion of home, and the objects that exist within it. The interconnectedness of people, of things, and our
attempts and at times failures to make those connections. Why don’t you dance, is taken from his seminal collection of short stories
titled “What we Talk about when we talk about Love”. A meditation on love, loss and the oddness that exists in the everyday.
Showing works by Gillies Adamson Semple, Remi Ajani, Maggie Barrett, Adam Boyd, Anna Choutova, Kainoa Gruspe, Ed Haslam,
Yifan He, Jay Hur, Sophie L. Knight, Or Lapid, Emily Mannion, Andras Nagy-Sandor, Phoebe Ridgway, Jose Sarmiento, Zhongyao Su,
Yun-Ju Tsai, Chengwei Xia, Luning Yang, and Yanan Zhu.
Established in 2010, ASC Gallery is located on the ground floor of a Brutalist tower block, part of a large housing estate in South
London. The gallery hosts a varied program of exhibitions and associated events throughout the year, with the aim of engaging new
audiences and promoting contemporary art to a wider public.
1. Yun-Ju Tsai “Melting”
2. Andras Nagy-Sandor “Lift Your Head”
3. Gilies Adamson Semple “Unititled (Bell Ringer)”
4. Anna Choutova “Boots”
5. Yanan Zhu “Bone in Throat”
6. Phoebe Ridgway “Scooping Up Night”
7. Chengwei Xia “Sick Man in Bed”
“Looking, Reflecting, Making”
“Morning Self Portrait in the Pink Mirror”
8. Yanan Zhu – “Wild Woman”
9. Or Lapid “Untitled”
10. Emily Mannion “Kitchen sink”
11. Kainoa Gruspe “Points, Loosely Connected”
12. Maggie Barrett “Between games”
13. Sophie L. Knight “Away from the sun, photo series”
14. Remi Ajani “Untitled”
15. Zhongyao Su “Canal Stills (diptych)”
16. Jose Sarmiento “Breath”
17. Ed Haslam “Offstage”
18. Jay Hur “A postcard from an icy land and a wing from the motherland”
19. Or Lapid “Untitled”
20. Adam Boyd “Chiralium”
21. Luning Yang “A Bush”
22. Yifan He “P’s Body”