To the shore : Exhibition 1 December

 

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From the realm of the sea
To the shore.
A recent exhibition by continuing Art Space and Nature MFA students investigated the sea’s vibrant materiality and chaotic order, following fieldwork in the Outer Hebrides.  A further exhibition building on this work will follow at ‘An Lanntair’ gallery, Stornoway in March next year.
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‘ORIGINS’ Russell Beard

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‘ORIGINS’ Russell Beard

Filmed on Tulsa Beach on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, Russell Beard’s video installation ‘ORIGINS’ consists of a mirrored moving image of the complex patterns created in water, sand and sunlight where a river meets the sea.*

*Alternatively it could be read as a time piece, concerning the origins of our own vital materiality…. and how certain properties emerge from complex chaotic systems amid the ongoing oscillations between the creative generative forces of life’s perpetual becoming and the dissipative cosmic processes of entropy and decay.

 

Alex Hackett’s work goes within the sea to experience the shoreline.  Adopting sculptural forms and materials from the Isle of Lewis alongside sympathetic found materials, she creates objects reflecting the mystical nature of the shore. Texts document the material qualities of the water as affected by weather, the elements and light, whilst bearing the mark of the personal.

 

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‘swell’ Will Urmston

Will Urmston’s piece came to light during a stay in a cliff-side bothy on the west coast of Lewis. Looking through to the sea below, we enter ‘the cave’ and look outward with clarity as we face the peace of our own elemental existence.

‘…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

CLUSTER at ECCI, Edinburgh International Science Festival

Art Space and Nature students recently exhibited as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, with an exhibition at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation [ECCI].  The exhibition explored carbon in its many forms, whilst working within the context of the state of the art building and ECCI’s approach to creating a low carbon future.

Photographs : Sam Sucík

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.

 

 

‘b e t w e e n’ at Tent Gallery

The first exhibition of the new and continuing MA/MFA Art Space and Nature took place on Thursday 22 October. Performance, installation and language combined to form an exhibition of work on the spaces in between things, the shadow, in all its dimensions.

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‘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.