‘…No Better Than Its Woods’ at Patriothall Gallery

“This great society is going to smash;
They cannot fool us with how fast they go,
How much they cost each other and the gods.
A culture is no better than its woods.”

– from ‘Woods’, W.H. Auden

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This exhibition brought together work by current MA/MFA students on the Art Space and Nature programme at Edinburgh College of Art following recent fieldwork in the Black Wood of Rannoch, one of the few remaining areas of ancient Caledonian forest in Scotland.

Photographs : Alex Hackett

‘animot’ at Tent Gallery : 17-22 April

‘animot’, was an exhibition resulting from a series of discussions and reading groups initiated by Edinburgh College of Art PhD student Ronald Binnie. By addressing the ethical issues involved in the use of the animal body in contemporary art, the exhibition presented alternatives to anthropocentric culture.


Animot

Bookmarks Book Fair : 24 March

MA and MFA students of Art, Space and Nature recently exhibited a selection of artist books at the Bookmarks Artist Book Fair on the 24 March, at Edinburgh College of Art’s sculpture court.  A selection of handbound books with handmade papers, illustrations, photography and poetry were exhibited at the Book Fair, reflecting on travel, physical mark making and the incomprehensibility of the universe.

 

Solo Shows in Tent Gallery

Art Space and Nature MAFA students recently organised a series of One Day Solo Shows in Tent Gallery, showing current work.

The first of the solo shows featured work from three artists; with Olivia Tutton’s work delicately exploring themes of memory and language. Russell Beard examined entropy and transitioning physical materials, and Alex Hackett’s installation of sculptural objects presented an absurd and Anthropocenic sea.

Photographs : Russell Beard and Alex Hackett

STRAVAIG : an exhibition of wanderings, 9 December

Photographs from the opening of the exhibition ‘STRAVAIG’.  From the Scots [to wander, roam, traverse] ‘STRAVAIG’ is an exhibition of material wanderings from all current Art Space and Nature MAFA students.

 

 

Fieldwork in Outlandia

MA / MFA Art Space and Nature recently returned from five days spent undertaking fieldwork at Outlandia in Glen Nevis.  Each with individual fields of research, fieldwork took students to hidden mystical caves, out onto the shores in nearby Knoydart, and precarious trails to the Steall falls in the Glen.

An exhibition of works in progress, themed around fieldwork undertaken at Outlandia, will open on 9 December at Tent Gallery.

‘A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow’, Marlene Creates at Tent Gallery

Canadian artist Marlene Creates has been an invited academic visitor for the Art Space and Nature programme from September – November this year. In her exhibition ‘A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow’, at the Tent Gallery from 5-13 November, two video projections capture the varied ice and snow drenched landscape of unfamiliar Newfoundland.

In two videos, seasonal phenomena are observed and recorded by means of over 80 named varieties of ice, snow, and winter weather in the Newfoundland dialect. These terms are precise, practical, evocative, sonic, and lyrical. Some examples are: ballicattered (covered with a layer of ice from the action of spray or waves), devil’s blanket (a snowfall that hinders your usual work), sish (fine, granulated ice floating on the surface of the sea), and way ice (loose ice that is easy to navigate).

One of the videos is a 26-minute-long documentary video-poem based on the Blast Hole Pond River that flows through the patch of boreal forest where the artist lives in Newfoundland; the other video is a real-time, single take of sea ice in Conception Bay shot from the Bell Island ferry in March 2014 when it was so cold that the bay itself froze for the first time in decades.

The exhibition closes on 13 November.

‘Arboreal’ at Patriothall Gallery- Photo Recap

First year ASN students recently put on a show centered around the theme of forests, inspired by a weekend fieldwork trip to the Black Wood of Rannoch. Works included installation, video and digital media, painting, and audience-participatory and interactive pieces.

Rites of Silence

Sonia Ali and Wolfgang Thomas

This audiovisual installation inspired by Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ brings forth that which we cannot see and hear. The constant toil of the unforgotten micro-organisms without which we in the macro sphere would not exist.

 

Bryo

Rachel Powell

Exploring the micro and the macro. Often overlooked and trodden underfoot, the smallest environments in the world are often the most important.

Lotophagous

Zhao Xie

“Lotophagous behaviours, which are fuelled with imaginings and illusions as they can easily lead to reality disavowal.” (Quote from Jean-Francois Vernay’s reviewing book Water from the Moon of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch’s works)

Rhizome

Yanli Shen

The title comes from root systems and philosophy. It refers to the idea that everything touches at some point, dense Black wood, sunlight, and darkness. It is about not seeing what’s there. Nature uses camouflage you can miss what’s in front of you unless you really look. The work mimics this thinking.

Dancing Shadows

Nadia Dermatopoulou

It is an experimental video installation trying to capture the relaxation and the calmness of being in a forest based on shadow theater techniques.

 

By foot

Akshaya Lakshmi Narsimhan

walk. blink. look down – A piece of the forest floor to walk on, by foot.

Colours of the Blackwood

Christina Gråberg Røsholt

The Blackwood of Rannoch seen through a pinhole. Capturing the beauty of the forest with its natural lighting and colours, but not in a conventional ‘picture perfect’ way.

Element in Green

Elin Webb

A film that both enhances and distorts the movements inherent but usually missed within nature.

 

Forest Geometry

Diandra Saginatari

Abstract visualization of three dimensional space in the Black Wood of Rannoch through two dimensional geometric shape explorations.

O-hOrizon

Allison Palenske and Sonia Ali

The amplification of microorganisms through a sensory investigation and isolation of fungi, algae, lichens and insects. Brought to you by The[Dinner]Lab- finding utility within the overlooked.

 


Arboreal took place at Patriothall Gallery from 24 May-26 May 2014.

Upcoming: ‘Arboreal’ Exhibition at Patriothall Gallery

Inspired by fieldwork in the ancient Black Wood of Rannoch, Arboreal is a group exhibition by the students of the Art, Space and Nature master programme at the Edinburgh College of Art. Included works are visual, cognitive, tactile and sensory articulations of the forest, promising to engage all senses.

EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES

Saturday 24 May 12.00-17.00

Sunday 25 May (reception) 17.00-20.00

Monday 26 May 12.00-17.00

PATRIOTHALL GALLERY

ADDRESS: 48 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY

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