Wednesday, 28 March 2012

exhibitions worth a visit in Edinburgh

The Sculpture Show at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
17 December 2011 - 24 June 2012

Interesting and impressive mixture of work by some of the best of the best, from Rodin to Martin Boyce. Smartly curated to demonstrate how the traditional barriers of what sculpture can be has evolved to include and embrace the broadening of mediums, materials and concepts.
The first floor carefully tracks various key stages in it's development, from Impressionist Sculpture moving through to the interplay of 2 and 3D demonstrated by Cubist Collage, to Ben Nicholson's relief's becoming both painting and sculpture, object and representation, to surrealism and hyper surrealism. This then leads up to the second floor, including works by Karla Black, Simon Starling and Michelangelo Pistoletto that take a more contemporary tone.
 With some really engaging video/performance work by Bruce Mclean (although such a big space for them seemed strange), stunning casts by Paolozzi and of course the Mueck Baby (ew), it's really really worth a look.

Romantic Camera: Scottish Photogrpahy & the Modern World at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
 1 December 2011 - 3 June 2012

A thought provoking and beautiful exhibition challenging ways in which Scotland, it's land and city scapes, has been romanticised through the lens- and whether these are the visions we use to give a sense of identity to ourselves. Most of us live in the towns and cities of the Central Belt, but part of our self-image is still, in the words of Walter Scott, “the land of the mountain and the flood”. How did this idea take such firm root when it has so little to do with the way we actually live?

Anna Barriball at The Fruitmarket Gallery
21 January 2012 - 9 April 2012

Soon to make way for ultra painting babe Tony Swain, I've had the pleasure of spending the past couple of months in the presence of Anna Barriball's surface shifting sculpture. Sheets of paper pressed insistently by her pencil up against windows, walls and doors become heavily material objects, while things in the world – windbreaks, found photographs, a fireplace – are redrawn as artworks through subtle alteration.

Roger Ackling at Ingleby Gallery
3 February 2012 - 21 April 2012

Sculpture, they decided, could be anything they wanted it to be: a walk in the Cairngorms; a bicycle ride through France, or in Ackling’s case a small piece of wood marked by an invisible ray of light channelled straight from the sun. For more than forty years Ackling has made all of his work by the same method: focusing sunlight through a magnifying glass to burn lines of tiny dots onto found and rescued materials

Alec Finlay : 5 Poem-objects at Ingleby Gallery.
17 March 2012 - 21 April 2012

An exhibition that reflects on our interaction with nature and considers how we as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape.

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