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Exhibition Programme Archive 2007

 


 

Trenton Doyle  Hancock: The Wayward Thinker
Exhibition 10 February – 8 April 2007

The Fruitmarket Gallery were proud to present the first European solo exhibition of the work of Trenton Doyle Hancock. Born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Hancock was raised and trained as an artist in Paris, Texas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was offered a solo exhibition by Dunn and Brown Contemporary in Dallas while he was still at art school, and the same year he became the youngest artist ever to be selected for the Biennale Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He now lives and works in Houston, Texas, and his work has featured in important international exhibitions such as the 8th International Istanbul Biennale.
    

Hancock’s work is produced in the context of an epic, ongoing saga which turns autobiography into mythology in a classic battle between good and evil. On one side are the peace-loving Mounds, the illegitimate progeny of prehistoric ape man Homerbuctas and a flower meadow. On the other side are the evil Vegans, a race of in-bred descendants of Homerbuctas’s legitimate children, who are jealous of the Mounds’ relationship to their father and who have lost the ability to see in colour.
    

Hancock’s narrative unfolds episodically from exhibition to exhibition, the artist moving backwards and forwards in the histories of his characters to develop stories around them. Here, we are introduced to St. Sesom, a free-thinking Vegan minister, who begins to dream in colour. In one dream, it is pointed out to Sesom that Mounds and Vegans are descended from the same father and need not be enemies. Sesom is commanded to gather disciples together in The Blestian Room, to help other Vegans become human again by being friendly to Mounds. Sesom’s story is told through large-scale collaged paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and incantations writ large on the Gallery walls. Hancock’s work is a submersive experience, his theatrical installations banishing pre-conceived ideas about art while thrusting the viewer literally and figuratively into his mythic drama. 

The exhibition traveled to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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Opt in for Art
Exhibition 20 April –  6 May 2007

Opt in for Art presents the works of over 90 young artists. It marks the culmination of a two-year education programme which offers opportunities for children and young people throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians to engage with contemporary art. The exhibition presents a range of projects undertaken over the past two years, in collaboration with primary schools, secondary schools, youth groups and of course the young people themselves.

The art was produced in a variety of settings: in formal school groups or more informal youth settings; in one-off workshops or over a period of weeks or months; as products made by individuals working alone or as part of a wider collective; within the Gallery or as outreach projects.

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Aernout Mik: Shifting, Shifting
Exhibition 19 May – 11 July 2007

An exhibition of new and recent films by Dutch artist Aernout Mik, whose cinematic imagination and unnerving ability to present the truth through supremely banal fictions, makes for art which helps us make sense of the world.

The exhibition brings together four works made over the last eighteen months. Vacuum Room, Scapegoats and Training Ground set casts of anonymous actors in situations fraught with potential meaning – a Political Assembly under siege from protestors; an empty stadium in which people appear to have been taken hostage; a police training facility. The actors move more or less aimlessly under Mik’s direction, the camera roving around as the action unfurls, continuously threatening to come to a perpetually deferred conclusion. Raw Footage is created from documentary footage taken during the war in former Yugoslavia. Not broadcast at the time, apparently because of its lack of dramatic content, the material tracks the mundane reality of war in an urban, civilian space.

The reality of Raw Footage counterpoints the constructed fictions of the other films. Together, the four works enlist an unsettling sense of recognition, the artist’s work providing a context for a new understanding of human behaviour and experience.

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Alex Hartley
Exhibition 27 July – 21 October 2007

Alex Hartley is a British artist whose work asks questions about how we look at and think about the built and natural environments. In this exhibition, a selected survey of his practice, the sculptures for which he first became known (glass-encased images of idealised modernist interiors) are joined by more recent photographic work and work connected to his interest in climbing on buildings, or ‘buildering’. The exhibition began on the Gallery’s façade, where Hartley made a major new work which approaches the building from the point of view of an urban climber.

Born in the South of England in 1963, Hartley studied sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. His training led to links with the yBa generation of artists, but his practice has now expanded beyond his earlier reputation. His work shows us how our actual and metaphorical experiences of architecture may conflict or converge when real and imaginary spaces meet. Together, the works in this exhibition examine ideas about private and public spaces, how access can lead to trespass, and even a kind of political freedom.

Exhibition sponsored by Bloomberg
Exhibition supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Henry Moore Foundation

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Roman Signer: Works
Exhibition 2 November 2007 – 27 January 2008

Over the past three decades, the Swiss artist Roman Signer has exhibited his work in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions and public performances around the world. At The Fruitmarket Gallery, Signer conceived an exhibition of new and recent sculptures, films and installations. For Signer, each work is an event, an experiment in which a force such as wind, water, gravity or fire transforms everyday things like umbrellas and plastic bags.  In all of his work, Signer proposes new relationships between ordinary objects and elements brought together in extraordinary ways.

Born in Appenzell, Switzerland, Signer started his career as an artist later in life at the age of 28, after working as an architect’s draughtsman, a radio engineer apprentice, and a short stint in a pressure cooker factory. His work has grown out of, and has affinities with both land art and performance art, but they are not typically representative of either category.

Most of the work in this exhibition was made after 2002, with several works made specially for this exhibition. Signer selected and installed it himself. A rhythmic presentation of films, installation and sculptures, the exhibition immerses us in the sights and sounds of Signer’s artistic universe. At once surprising, humorous, and melancholic, Signer’s works are visually simple but emotionally and conceptually complex.

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