It’s now just 2 weeks til Hidden Door Festival which naturally means that “shit just got real” and it’s officially “squeeky bum time”. The reason why I’ve been fairly absent from my blog of late is that I’ve been invited to make a new body of work for exhibition as part of the festival, and so, I’ve been buried away in my studio, busily working away…
Returning for its fourth edition, the non-profit and 100% volunteer-run multi arts festival will this year take place in the old Leith Theatre; with 10 days and nights of music, theatre, visual art, film and spoken word bringing the stunning venue back to life. Left derelict and decaying for 28 years, Hidden Door will provide the initial spark to get this art deco gem back up and running as a major Edinburgh arts venue and transform its empty spaces with the help of some of the best creative talent from Scotland and beyond.
My contribution to the festival will take the form of various interactive installations of models, paintings and photography, dotted around various nooks and crannies in the incredible, old Leith Theatre building. My main installation piece can be found in a room on the roof of the building, with access through the rear of the auditorium – where the bars will be!
The festival will be open from Friday 26th May to Sunday 4th June will be free to explore every day until 6pm, with tickets now on sale for the evening events, including live music from the likes of Anna Meredith and Idlewild!
For more info about the festival, click here
Opening tonight is the Southside Salon exhibition, part of this year’s Southside Fringe Festival in Glasgow.
The exhibition celebrates the variety of work created by local artists who live or create their work on the Southside of Glasgow.
The exhibition takes place at Studio Pavilion, ART PARK, House for an Art Lover and runs til 27th May!
For more info, click here
I’ve been rather busy of late working away on a commission but recently enjoyed seeing one of my new works in progress on display as part of Visual Artist Unit‘s Annual Members Show. This year’s show was held at the fantastic St Margaret’s House which boasts a very vast gallery space with lots of natural light, allowing for the submission of something a little more ambitious!
The Museum of the Construction of the Museum of the Construction of the Metro is a new installation which has involved revisiting older works, examining the different processes involved when making these works and observing how they all tie together.
This particular version starts with the revival of an old painting titled Megalomania from my Degree Show in 2013. The board used for the painting originally started life as part of a set for a model I’d made, the board being made up of hundreds of miniature scale floor boards. I photographed this set up playing about with light and scale and the resulting photographs were used as source imagery for the painting.
Megalomania. Watercolour, acrylic and varnish on balsa wood mounted on board with steel rods and gold leaf. 150cmx60cm. April 2013
I’ve always found this completely unplanned but natural progression of processes of a painting starting life as a sketch and then in turn being changed from a part of a model to a photograph to a painting an interesting way of making work. This was the inspiration behind The Museum of the Construction of the Museum of the Construction of the Metro, where all parts of this process are brought together and displayed as a museum exhibit, with one additional process being added – a plaster cast of the original painting.
This is most definitely unfinished business but it was useful to see the installation in situ at this stage and see where to take it next!
A couple of my works will be in Newave Gallery‘s latest show, URBEX opening this Friday 22nd April!
URBEX is a group exhibition of works with a focus on architecture and the urban environment featuring myself alongside James Gow, Stuart Noble, Mairi Timoney and Martin Nelson. The show is part of Aberdeen’s Look Again Festival who have just announced the rest of their programme with some other fantastic projects to look forward to such as Turner Prize winners Assemble’s installation The Brutalist Playground at Peacock Visual Arts, Doug Fishbone fresh from the Venice Biennale with his Boomin’ Bus Tour, and Visual Artist Unit‘s latest Pillow Talk, this time focussing on artists’ working spaces featuring Kate Downie, Michael Agnew, Sara Gallie and Alexander Champion! Plenty to look forward to it and great to see it all happening at my old stomping ground Aberdeen!
URBEX is open Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm everyday at Newave Gallery with a late opening on Wed 27th April til 9pm. For more information, click here
Very proud to have been involved in curating and installing the exhibition, Toaty Wee, with Visual Artist Unit, for which I also have a wee work on show.
Toaty Wee is an open call exhibition with the focus of works on the concept of miniature. We received over 60 submissions and more than 100 teenie, tiny artworks which have all been installed in Stuart Noble’s incredible scale-model gallery spaces!
The exhibition is open now at our studios at Crownpoint Road and continues until Thursday 7th April! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment!