Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh The Design of Nature and the Nature of Design, Portfolio Gallery's exhibition of the work of the Colombian-based photographer Francois Dolmetsch, approaches photography from an almost graphic arts perspective, focusing on the subjects as near abstract shapes rather than utilitarian objects. The effect is to present the familiar—flowers, plants, shells, often juxtaposed with man-made graphic counterpoints, in the form of hieroglyphics, symbols, Eastern musical notation in a different light, and one which serves to subvert the documentary function of the camera. Many of his subjects come from his own garden of rare and exotic plants which he has created in his home in the Andes, so they are not strictly over-familiar in that sense, but his use of natural objects in such highly contrived ways, and the mysterious underlying laws of organic growth and decay which they imply, gives the

members of the New Wilkie Club; the lfniversity Settlement's Mental Health Project which offers social contact and support for people who have experienced mental illness. Some of the members have been painting for many years whilst others began from scratch.

IENGLISH SPEAKING UNION 23 Atholl Crescent. 22‘) 1528. 10am 5pm.

Five Edinburgh Artists 17—24 June. The artists in question being: Frances Pearson. Lilias Finlay. Sarah Balme and (iiles and Jean I.e Maitre. Building up to the show later in the Summer when the (iallery has a more ambitious showing of20 Edinburgh artsists.

I FILMHOUSE Lothian Road. 228 2688. Mon—Sat noon~l 1pm; Sun 630—] lprn. Fabric Collages tintil 24 June. Meg Watson displays sortie of her abstract works.

I FINE ART SOCIETY 12 (ireat King Street. 1 5560305. Mon— Fri 9.30am-—5.30pm. Sat 10am -1pm.

State OI the Art Until 17 June. Some 60 Scottish artists have been brought together by the Fine Art Society to represent the best painting and sculpture ofthe 1980s.

New Aquisitions 17 June. In return forthe above exhibition going to (ilasgow's Fine Art (iallery Iidinburgh receives ascaled Ldown version of the exhibition put


exhibition both a sense of serene beauty, and of curiously unsettling strangeness.

The photographs are accompanied on the walls of the attractive (and nicely proportioned) exhibition space by a series of placards quoting from art authorites E.H. Gombrich and Herbert Read, as well as Ovid and William Blake, adding further layers of potential rumination for the visitor. One of the ironies of this extensive use of natural objects in this fashie'h, of course, is that the prints themselves are the product of rather unnatural and extremely complex processes, an implicit dimension of the exhibition which raises both aesthetic and semantic considerations. Then again, it is that kind of exhibition: the range of possible responses to Dolmetsch’s enigmatic creations is potentially vast, but they can equally be enjoyed simply as striking images. Portfolio plan to tour the exhibition after its Edinburgh run. (Kenny Mathieson)

together by its counterpart. which contains contemporary and l‘)th century paintings and includes some new work by artists that have exhibited at the (ialleryin the past.

I FLYING COLOURS GALLERY 35 William Street. 225 6776. Tues—Fri 11am—6pm. Sat 10am-1pm.

The Cyprus Collection IIntiI 7 July. Watercolours from the Iiastern Mediterranean by Sylvia

Woodcock —C1arke who now spends 6 months a year in Cyprus.

I FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Mon—Fri 9.30am— 1pm and 2 5.30pm.

Anne Nordmann Photographier la Danse Ifntil 15 June. Anne Nordmann aims to capture the sudden upsurge and distinctive movements of dance.

After this the (iallery will be closed until the Festival Exhibition in August.

I THE FRUITMARKET GALLERY Market Street. 225 2383. Mon—Sat “lam—5.30pm Sun l—5.30pm.

Open Exhibition Until 16 July. The works featuring in this exhibition have been chosen from around 700 entrants and encompasses professional and amateur artists.

I GALERIE LA BELLE ANGELE 11 IIasties Close. Cowgate (behind 369 Gallery)

Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm; Sat 11am—4pm. Framing for artists done on the premises. I GALERIE MIRAGES Raeburn Place . 3 I 5 2603. Tue—Sat 10.30am—4.30pm. Sun 2-4.30pm. closed Mondays. Animal Regalia Until 30 June. Selection of adornments that man has used to beautify elephants. camels. donkeys and oxen. Collected over a period of 12 years mainly from the Middle East and India. I GALLERY OF MODERN ART Belford Road. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. [D] Cafe. The gallery's justly renowned cafe is open Mon—Sat 10.30am—4.30pm; Sun 2.30—4.20pm. Cream teas will be served from 3—4.15pm. Scottish Art Since 1900 17 June—24 September. Far more of the national collection is on show than ever before. with the entire Gallery given over tothis major exhibition tracing the development oT Scottish Art. The IWo poles of reference being the early Colourists to the aggressively figurative painters ofthe 1980s. This is the first major surveyof Scottish painting encompassing the turn of the century artists such asJ D Fergusson and SJ Peploe through the Edinburgh School. MacTaggaart. Redpath and Maxwell to the post war generation Eduardo Paolozzi. William Turnbull and Alan Davie. right up to the present day represented by Steven Campbell. Ken Currie and Adrian Wiszniewski amongst others. I GRAEME MURRAY GALLERY 15 Scotland Street. 556 6020. Tue—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat Illam— 1 pm. My Sense of Your Sense of Language Until 30 June. Maurizio Nannucci‘s striking neon—lit poems and Simon (Tutts text painted onto the wall address the theme of language. I HANOVER FINE ART 22A Dundas Street. 5562181. Mon—Fri 10am—5.30pm; Sat 10am—4pm.

Recent Paintings by Andrew Welch and Chris Adams Until 28 June. The former displays his Invernessshire and Lothian landscapes. whilst the latter concentrates on nature studies. The pair are also showing some paintings undertaken as a joint project. Andrew providing the background and Chris supplying the foreground. I ITALIAN INSTITUTE 82 Nicolson Street. 668 2232. Mon 2—5pm. Tue 9am—5pm. Wed 2—7pm. Thurs 9am—5pm. Fri 9am—2pm. The next exhibition at this venue will be during the festival. I KINGFISHER GALLERY Northumberland Street Lane, 557 5454. Mon-Sat 10am—4.30pm. Sat 10am— 1pm. Paintings by the Members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Until 1 July. A dozen oil painters including the President of the institute Brian Bennett display their work. I MALCOLM INNES GALLERY 67 (ieorge Street. 226 4151. Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm; Sat 10am—lpm. 19th and 20th Century Scottish landscapes and sporting prints. I NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2—5pm. AView of Jedburgh Until 16 July. This view ofJedburgh was painted by Thomas Girtin (1755— 1802) who died at the age of 27and is now recognised as a major watercolourist. He was a friend ofTurner and this particular painting dates from 1800. (iirtin's two studies ofthe viewand other English watercolours are on display to complement the new painting. Scottish Rural Life Until 16July. In the early 19th century many Scottish artists sought inspiration from the common man and two such painters are exhibited here. In tandem James Howe ( 1780— 1836) and Walter (ieikie ( 1795— 1837) provide a glimpse of everyday Scottish life in their


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