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Garden Gallery: 14 to 20

18: Tim Taylor - Gathering

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ImageTim Taylor, hosted by the Brown Family @ Pittville Street

Tim’s work is constructed from recycled materials, for the Garden Gallery he will be introducing wooden chip forks and lollipop sticks placed within the soil of the garden, watching? the viewer.

Title of work - Gathering

Approximately 3000 chip forks, lollipop sticks and wooden stirrers (common to takeaways and the seaside) are to be arranged upright in a crowd within a garden. Surrounding the viewer, the forks, sticks and stirrers have simple faces drawn on them: two dots and a line. An expressionless gaze. The reason behind their gathering is not clear. Do they look out for help or in bafflement to the outsider’s arrival? In either case the viewer becomes the viewed.

This piece continues an ongoing investigation of the transformation of the everyday and the mundane.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:19

16: Alan Kilpatrick - Samjhauta Express

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Samjhauta Express, by Alan Kilpatrick (photo courtesy Angela)Alan Kilpatrick, hosted by the Patterson Family @ Bellfield Street

Alan Kilpatrick’s works continues to explore the cultural diversity of contemporary India. He has used a residency in Bangalore (Bengaloru) and lengthy researches in Calcutta (Kolkata) and New Delhi to gather the material for his most recent sculptures.

Title of work - Samjhauta Express

For the Garden Gallery Alan will be exhibiting a sixty-eight carriage hand cast porcelain train in a linear format, within a garden setting.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:19

20: Scott Laverie - Things to Come

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Things to Come, by Scott Laverie (photo courtesy Angela)Scott Laverie, hosted by Jan & Damian Killeen @ the Promenade

Scott’s work is monumental in scale. Constructed from timber and recycled materials his work references art and architecture throughout the ages. For the Garden Gallery he will be building a process-led arching structure that grows day by day thought the month of August.

Title of work - Things to Come

The two structures will have the characteristics of a pair of defunct concrete monuments. They have been ripped from their original site and have now taken up a new residence in the garden. They appear like replicas of tree stumps that will also echo small classical temples. As the work progresses they will grow to create an arch which will eventually bridge the two structures together.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:18

19: Charlotte Watters - Fragment (Neptune’s Maquette)

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Fragment, by Charlotte WattersCharlotte Watters, hosted by Hunter & Winnie Davis @ Brunstain Road North

A recent graduate from the Masters of Fine Art course in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, Charlotte’s work will consists of an oversized ceramic fragment.

Title of work - Fragment (Neptune’s Maquette)

Neptune’s Maquettes; models for an erosion, Fragments pulled up above the high tide mark: Removed from the carving water, and from their workshop, they wait now like standing stones. These are architectural plans for a larger process, models of a deconstruction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:18

14: Darren Farquhar - RRRoootless Pith

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RRRooothless Pith, by Darren Farquhar (photo courtesy Angela)Darren Farquhar, hosted by Lucy McTurnen @ Marlborough Street

Darren is a young up and coming performance artist. Influenced by 1960 horror films and the slapstick humour of cartoons his work features surreal installations, which challenge and excite. His work for this exhibition will consist of an automated figurative sculpture set with in the backdrop of a garden environment. Dealing with subconscious imagery a performance will interact with the totemic sculpture.

Title of work - RRRoootless Pith

My performances and sculptural works are transparent in their influences, which range from Vincent Price films, such as The Pit and the Pendulum, to the work of the painter Francis Bacon, to the legendary pop-culture legacy left by American serial killers such as Geoffrey Dahmer. I also like the violent actions of Tom and Jerry cartoons. The resultant performances often display a mixture of frustration, rage, tension, and humour.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:21

15: David Faithful - Seascapes and Sandscapes

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ImageDavid Faithful, hosted by the Caldwell-Brock Family @ Marlborough Street

Working with wallpaper, sand and Indian ink David’s installation for the Garden Gallery plays with the effect of the weather creating a subtle metamorphosis over the duration of the exhibition.

Title of work – Seascapes and Sandscapes

Arcade Sandscape reflects the bygone days of beach resorts, the quaintness of terraced guest houses, memories of candy floss and donkey rides, all the childhood summers bathed in the glorious technicolour of nostalgia. And lurking at the opposite end of the beach, beyond the faded Victorian grandeur, a beacon of flashing lights and cold shadows - the Arcade and the Fairground – suggesting the darkness of Brighton Rock to counter any candy striped confection.

And outside as the Arcade Fruit machines clunk and turn their coloured wheels, the restless sands shift and blow, season to season, cutting across the promenade relentlessly.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:20

17: Duncan Robertson - Seed Head

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Seed Head, by Duncan Robertson (photo courtesy Angela)Duncan Robertson, hosted by John & Celia Butterworth @ Bellfield Street

Recently returned from residencies in Australia and Norway, Duncan’s work has been informed by the traditions of sculptural practice. The work included in the exhibition consists of a cast of the artist’s head made from seeds and fat held within a net. The local wildlife will gradually transform the work.

Title of work - Seed Head

The head may bring to mind macabre pagan sacrifice / the poetical suicide of the artist, or conversely the dream of being at one with nature and some offering of recompense to nature. The image takes reference from Goyas, “The disasters of war”, and the materials fat and wax refers to the work of Joseph Buyes, amongst others, as influences.

It is envisaged that the birds that come to feed on the seed head, animates the structure and slowly consumes the image, the degeneration of the image being central to its contemplation.

I actively want to keep the dialog with the viewer open, and individual and personal interpretations of the sculpture are just as valid in understanding the work.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 21:19

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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.

Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries