THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT: Art and Unreason | 1945 to the Present.

Jock McFadyen, Calton Hill, 2014, image courtesy the artistJock McFadyen, Calton Hill, 2014, image courtesy the artist

For this month’s event we will be visiting Dovecot Gallery, where curators Andrew Patrizio and Bill Hare will meet us to discuss their exhibition THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT: Art and Unreason | 1945 to the Present.

This is a thematic group show that explores the darker side of Scottish art. Standing in contrast to the Scottish Enlightenment, this exhibition proposes a ‘Scottish Endarkenment’, suggesting that artists working in the post-war era have taken more inspiration from the darkness than the light. The show engages with a broad range of challenging topics: ever-escalating communal and international conflicts, social inequalities and consumer materialism, threatened gender identities, filial traumas and sexual prejudices. These issues are also related to the tensions which seethe within the Scottish psyche – moral struggles between good and evil, Self and the Other, Jekyll and Hyde. On show is work from over forty Scottish modern and contemporary artists from Joan Eardley and Eduardo Paolozzi to Christine Borland, David Shrigley, Katie Paterson and Kevin Harman.