Cerith Wyn Evans
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Cerith Wyn Evans
Fischli & Weiss
The exhibition brings together over 30 living and long gone artists, a piece of furniture, a musical score, and some 19th century Indian spells in pairs that highlight the different ways in which artworks and objects speak to one another. 16 of the artists in this exhibition were asked to select another artist's work or object they were interested in to strike up a conversation with. Sculptor and printmaker Paul Coldwell introduces a number of new works that play between absence and presence led him to make sculptures and prints which reflect on what is there.
CONVERSATIONS 16 artist pairings
The exhibition Conversations brings together over 30 living and long gone artists, a piece of furniture, a musical score, and some 19th century Indian spells in pairs that highlight the different ways in which artworks and objects speak to one another. 16 of the artists in this exhibition were asked to select another artist’s work or object they were interested in to strike up a conversation with.
While Rachel Whiteread’s choice of Robert Burns’ breakfast table draws our attention to the way in which she explores what is unseen about objects, James Hugonin invites us to examine the confluences between his painting and the musical scores of composer Howard Skempton. Some artists acknowledge their art historical inheritance: Jonathan Monk in Keith Arnatt or Howard Hodgkin in Edgar Degas; David Batchelor’s Found Monochromes of London find common ground with a painting by the Russian Suprematist Nicolai Suetin, and Peter Liversidge selected films by Fischli and Weiss for their influence on his work. Artists Roger Ackling and Richard Long turned the creative process itself into a conversation with a series of collaborative works, and others identified kindred spirits across art forms: the painter Callum Innes in photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto or Cerith Wyn Evans in Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Conversations brings together a selection of artist pairings originally devised as a series of 26 week-long exhibitions at Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh between July 2007 and July 2008*. Seen for the first time as a group, these pairings offer insight into the practices of a diverse assembly of artists, and different ways of thinking about their work.
Conversations marks an important moment in the history of Ingleby Gallery, and also reflects on the ways in which conversation is a recurring theme at Kettle’s Yard.
Conversations artist pairs:
Roger Ackling & Richard Long
Cornelia Parker & Marcel Broodthaers
Rachel Whiteread & Robert Burns’ breakfast table
Cerith Wyn Evans & Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ceal Floyer & Dan Flavin
Sean Scully & Alberto Giacometti
Alexander Gorlizki & Indian Spells (Anonymous drawings, C19th)
Ian Hamilton Finlay & Cerith Wyn Evans
Howard Hodgkin & Edgar Degas
James Hugonin & Howard Skempton
Peter Liversidge & Fischli + Weiss
David Austen & Man Ray
Jonathan Monk & Keith Arnatt
Richard Serra & Francesca Woodman
David Batchelor & Nikolai Suetin
Callum Innes & Hiroshi Sugimoto
I called while you were out
In the latest intervention in Kettle’s Yard house, sculptor and printmaker Paul Coldwell will introduce a number of new works. During recent months he has been visiting Kettle’s Yard with the idea of making new work for the house. ‘I found myself increasingly thinking about the house as a place that had been once lived in.’
That play between absence and presence led him to make sculptures and prints which reflect on what is there – decanters on the cider-press screw, or Gaudier-Brzeska’s Maternity – and what might be missing or hidden – family photographs, toys, clothing, a child’s cot – and a film of sailing boats bobbing on a pond, set just beneath an Alfred Wallis painting.
‘I wanted to weave an idea into the house and collection. . . . to leave a trace of a visit to the house, suggesting the thoughts that came to me as I walked round.’ The intervention takes the form of bronze scuptures, prints and a film. ‘I called while you are out’ has been made possible by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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