For our first post-festival Spin event we will be meeting at Ingleby Gallery to talk about their major solo exhibition of new work by Charles Avery entitled The People and Things of Onomatopoeia. The exhibition was a highlight of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival and included a temporary tree sculpture by Avery sited in Waverley Station during the festival (now relocated to the Parasol Unit gallery in London).
We will be joined by Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman’s Arts Correspondent who will join us to discuss the exhibition. In Avery’s work, the Island is located in the middle of an archipelago of innumerable constituents, and its heart is the port of Onomatopoeia. This town was once a stepping off point for pioneers and travellers, then a bustling boomtown, then a slum in a state of extended decline, and now in the fictional present, it is reborn as a regenerated city of culture and a tourist destination. This exhibition presents a new series of drawings alongside furniture, sculptures and all manner of imported artefacts that come together to describe the culture of Onomatopoeia’s inhabitants.
Elements of The Islanders project have previously been exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Parasol Unit, London and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2007 Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. The exhibition runs until 3 October 2015.
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For our October Spin event, we will meet at artist Kevin Harman’s studio. Kevin’s work crosses definitions of sculpture, installation and performance. In his most recent work, The Absinthe Bar (2014) he created an immersive environment in his studio. This was the backdrop for a series of ‘happenings’ which included a resident tattoo artist, butchery demonstrations, poetry readings, musical performances as part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival.
Previous works include the Skip series (2007–) where the artist has ‘tidied up’ the contents of skips around Edinburgh making unique sculptural artworks from the detritus of the cycle of renovation and repair in the city. In his 2009 work, Brick, the artist smashed the window of the former Collective Gallery space on Cockburn Street. The subsequent police statements, cautions and lawyers letters now form the body of the remaining artwork.
Many of his works begin with found objects and existing scenarios which are then adapted and transformed in to unique artworks. He said of his though process: ‘When viewing the sculpture of Saddam Hussein being pulled down, I was witnessing an object, which had been built to be permanent, transforming, advancing how futile an idea of permanence became.’
His piece 24/7 (2012) began as a 24-hour visit to an Asda Supercentre. Everything in the subsequent installation in a disused city centre shop was created from purchases during this 24-hour period culminating in a live auction where the entire installation was auctioned off.
Kevin has previously exhibited at Ingleby Gallery, Summerhall, Talbot Rice Gallery and Collective.
Spin is taking part in the Edinburgh Art Festivals Art Late on Thursday 27 August from 6-9pm – a city-wide end of Festival party with gallery openings, tours, music, artists performances and live readings. We will be giving a tour of the highlights of this years festival and is one of three tours taking place on the night.
Art Late begins at 6pm at the Ingleby Gallery with a collaborative performance from musician Wounded Knee and dancer Ianthe Wright. Later, two contrasting tours will set out from the gallery leading people round the Festival offering different experiences of the exhibitions: The Giving Tour and the Blank Canvas Bike Tour.
Our Spin tour, led by Rosie Lesso, will set out from Talbot Rice Gallery at 6pm and is an introduction to exhibitions including Jane and Louise Wilson and Joseph Kosuth (Talbot Rice Gallery); Eva Hesse (Fruitmarket); Rough Cut Nation (Scottish National Portrait Gallery) and Lucy Skaer and Rosalind Nashashibi (doggerfisher).
To sign up for Art Late or to join one of the three tours (please note there are limited places), click on the link below to get your invite:
To kick off the Autumn season, we will be taking a closer look at one of the most talked about shows at this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Ron Mueck.
The Australian-born, London-based artist is the first contemporary artist to be given a solo show in the refurbished galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy Building. The exhibition contains ten works, including the recently completed monumental sculpture of a newborn baby, A Girl (2006), five new works first shown at the Fondation Cartier in Paris earlier this year, and four previous works including Man in a Boat (2002) and Ghost (1998).
Ron Mueck previously worked in the special effects industry, but his career took a dramatic turn when he was asked by his mother-in-law, the artist Paula Rego, to create a model of Pinocchio. The sculpture was noticed and bought by Charles Saatchi. So impressed was Saatchi by this work that he asked Mueck to create more and to appear in the 1997 Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. The now infamous sculpture, Dead Dead (1996-97), a half life-size replica of his dead fathers naked body, drew considerable attention.
Some critics love Muecks work. Others hate it. Jonathan Jones of The Guardian described the exhibition as ‘blank, empty and brainless’. You will get the chance to make up your own mind up as we discuss the works with our special guest, Edinburgh artist Wendy McMurdo.