ART & EXHIBITIONS LIST
percussive music by local musicians to coincide with this exhibition. Atterlmages Until Sat 1 Feb. These artists have one thing in common -— they all attended Craigroyston High School during the seventies. an experience which has brought them together for this group exhibition. The work varies in quality. the best being Brian Gibb‘s strong expressionist painting and Louise Dick‘s monumental figures in ‘We Two in the City‘.
John Duncan RSA (1886—1945) Until Sat 22 Feb. Woodworks Until Sat 8 Feb. A profusion or perhaps confusion of tables. chairs. boxes. cupboards and sculpture. The overall appearance of the exhibition is rather heavy and overpowering though there are some pieces. notably Tim Stead‘s table and sail-back chairs and Will Maclean‘s wooden picture box. which stand out from the crowd. Most of the work is made in traditional British woods like ash, oak and sycamore and there is certainly a wealth ofgrain and texture to be seen. Visitors are encouraged to touch as well as look and braille labels have been incorporated to enable visually handicapped visitors to enjoy the exhibition. Do not be afraid to open up the fantasy writing table by Neill Morrison. a bit of fun wrought from nature.
0 COLLECTIVE GALLERY 52—54 High Street. Tue. Wed. Fri 12.30—5.30pm. Thurs 12.30—7pm. Sat 10.30am—5pm. Closed Sun and Mon. A Group Show lrom the Collective Until 29 Jan. Includes work by Keith Grant. Dawn Burgess. Calum Innes
and Walter Bremner. Sculpture by Rosie Leventon Fri 31
Jan—Wed 19 Feb. An X-ray Burial Ship will light up the collective in Feb. This strange event is Rosie Leventon‘s realisation of the Sutton Hoo ship buried deep within a tumulus in Suffolk. Only a few rivets of the original survive. The artist has used X-rays to bring the ship alive and at the same time retain the dream-like quality of its remains
O CRAMONO SCULPTURE PARK Dunfermline College. Cramond Road Nth. 336 6001. Open all daylight hours.
Scottish Sculpture Open 3 Until 25 Feb. The cold. blustery weather of winter should give quite an edge to visiting this out-of—doors exhibition. sited in the grounds of the college. Panoramic views ofthe Forth are an added bonus. The 17 works on display cover a broad spectrum of 20th century themes and are built from a variety of materials.
0 OEMARCO GALLERY 1()Jeffrey Street, 557 0707. Mon—Sat IOam—6.30pm.
Ian NeCulloch Wed 22 Jan - Sat 15 Feb. A West ofScotland artist. recently winner ofthe Smith Biennial. McCulloch‘s work interprets the stories and myths of Christianity and ancient Greece within a personal expression which distorts and questions.
0 EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 229 931 1. Mon—Thurs 10am—5pm. Sat 10am—12 noon.
Andrew Grant Gallery:
It is always dilticult talking to an artist about her own work. It can shatter illusions, restrict ideas or build a barrier to your own assessment. Not so with Janet Patterson. Sitting in the Scottish Gallery, her paintings surrounding us, she came iorward with just enough other own views to
the Edinburgh School oi Art, a
REFLECTING ON ART
tantalise without giving away any real secrets.
‘Reilections on New York', a large cityscape with two iigures, was a cornerstone in her development as a painter. Though she has been painting ior 17 years and has taught regularly at
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demanding domestic llie and two children meant that It was dilticult tor her, as it is ior many women In her situation, to give work the time and concentration it demanded. The children older, a trip to New York inspired her to seek new directions and horizons. Making the New York painting whilst executing the others. It was her reterence point and blueprint. Just beiore this new deparhire she had taken a private resolution to use only charcoal tor a year. But a colourlst at heart, the odd touch oi red or blue obstinately appeared, not to be kept out oi the picture tor long. The black oi that , year remains in the large canvases. Emphasising the architectural quality oi the paintings, it trames the otten bright Matisee-llke colours like scattolding, imitating the line at the
draughtsman. Geometric environments ireeze-irame the inhabitants oi the pictures and act as a patterning structure which binds the composition together. Though her 3 pictures are about place, the places remain anonymous. She likes to keep it . that way. The very blue room with a long-shouted cut-out oi a dog belongs in the viewers' imaginations, as does the city sidewalk where a woman stands in Chandleresque pose.
it is clear that Janet Patterson has enjoyed working on a large scale and that it has helped her to evolve a personal style. But having the ruler and the black now under control, she is already looking tor new ways to explore . her vocabulary. A very recent watercolour ot a girl bent beneath the irame, suggests an embryonic painting style, looser and lreer than the rest and, dare it be said, inclined towards the expressionistic. (Alice Baln)
Design and Art Directors’ Awards Until Fri 24 Jan.
Playing Cards Until Fri 31 Jan. Original designs for contemporary decks. including Tarot Cards.
1 Sculpture Court:
Drawing and Painting School Student Exhibition Mon 27 Jan—Fri 14 Feb.
0 EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY LIBRARY George Square. 667 1011. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm.
Pick up a Penguin Until 30 June (exhibition room). This launches the University’s growing collection of Penguin Books ( 1935—1960) and celebrates fifty years of Penguin publications. It illustrates their development. their predecessors and
their imitators and covers most 3 Penguin series.
William Drummond oi Hawthornden 1585—1649 Book Collector and Benetactor Until March (Drummond Room). Drummond donated some 700 books to the library during his lifetime. This exhibition illustrates the growth of his extensive collection and his relationship with the University and its Library. commemorating the 400th anniversary of his birth. Includes some original bindings and M58. A catalogue is available at the Main Library Information Desk. 50p.
O FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street. 556 0305. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 10am—1pm. Scottish Paintings 1800-1920 General selection ofwork until Feb.
0 FORREST McKAY 38 Howe Street. 226 2589. Mon—Fri 10am-6pm. Sat 10am—lpm. A new gallery run by two experienced and knowledgeable art dealers. Martin Forrest and Sheena McKay. Emphasis will be on Scottish painting from 1800 onwards. though the gallery will also sell furniture. porcelain. rugs and pottery. The red walls already display a number of attractive pieces including a group ofdrawings by E. A. Taylor. bought recently from a family collection.
0 FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Mon—Fri 10am—1pm. 2—5.30pm. Sat 10am—lpm.
French Printmakers 1890—1960 Mon 3 Feb—Fri 21 Feb. In the l890s young artists like Bonnard led the way in lithography. Working mostly in colour. they were keen that lithography was appreciated by a wide public. This exhibition drawn from the collection at Aberdeen Art Gallery assesses lithography in France over nearly a century and includes work by Toulouse-Lautrec. Signac. Leger, Dufy and Braque.
0 FRUITMARKET GALLERY 29 Market Street. 225 2383. Tue—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Closed Sun & Mon. Licensed cafe.
Mary Kelly— interim Until 8 Feb. With the sleek gloss of advertising or celluloid. Mary Kelly’s panels of
dense hand-written text pinpoint moments in the lives of middle-aged women with shuddering accuracy. This is the first part of Kelly's latest project which will eventually include the themes ofmoney. history and power. In Corpus the body is examined. analysed. paraded and covered. Fairy stories with frogs and fountains of youth are woven into
the real-life drama of that ‘certain
age‘. Ifyou don't have time to read
the text closely (that may take some time but is worth it) follow the lipstick-red highlights to get the picture. 1 Richard Tuttle -Two Pinwheels Until ; Sat 8 Feb. The second part of this exhibition. comprising the ; Amsterdam collection from the Stedelijk Museum. is even starker
than the first. Wooden sculptures hanging on the walls are painted with ' ﬂat, whitened colour. giving them a , soft malleable appearance like large 3 chunks of unwieldy plasticine. Their i simplicity is refreshing but one wonders whether the purity of the I
- W List 24 Jan — 6 Feb 31