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Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 13 Apr-Sat 8 Jun


News from the world of art

PLANS WERE RECENTLY unveiied= for tne Hidden Gardens ipictured. a nev.‘ contemporary garden design by nva organisation The 9.500.000 proiect which received SAC National Lottery funding is set to transform an angular derelict 5000 square metre industrial site in East Poiimshields. behind Tramway. nua. .‘.'hich was responsible for the iant‘lscape Installation The Pat 7 at Glen Lyon. hopes to turn the x'rastelaitd into a contemplative open space featuring a series of

With all the Futures, Turners and New Contemporaries around, there hardly seems room for another group exhibition marketing itself as a showcase of rising stars. On paper, the Fruitmarket’s latest offering appears to be more of the same: a presentation of ‘the most promising talents of a new generation of artists’. Fancy words indeed. But in an era when Britain seems powerless to forget a landmark late 80$ exhibition


beginning with the ‘F’ word, what -. I. "' » .s. . . can we expect from presence? Three Women in Largs, 2002 by Fred Pedersen (“V-“"0"” "ic‘i‘d'iig "mo 8(3l’ll3ii”e- The selected artists _ Jennifer installatzon. poetry and storytelling Beattie, Steven Duval, Alex Frost, Kevin Hutcheson, terms of commissioning and funding it’s a different 953 we” “5 immimg herbs and Andrew Kerr, Scott Myles, Michelle Naismith, Fred situation for me.’ 7”“i”‘9 li‘iiiiiii- Pederson, Alex Pollard, Anna Ray and Keith Thompson Visitors to Glasgow and Edinburgh often comment on are, apparently, ‘eleven of the sharpest young talents the fact that so many artists seem to know one another. based in Scotland today’, and at least some of these These artists are no exception. In some circles this could names will be familiar to anyone who has paid more than a bode badly for a clash of egos at installation time, but passing interest in the activities of the Collective Gallery, Pederson envisages no such problems, seeing previous proto-academy, Transmission and the Modern Institute. working relationships and friendships with several of the Based on previous exhibitions, the idea of a ‘house participants as an advantage. ‘Lots of the people I know style’, media flurry or slick, clinical commercialism would well and we’ve worked together - pretty much the eight be anathema to these artists who, in the main, work from Glasgow we’ve got mutual respect for one quietly and confidently in low-key spaces and studios. So, another’s work so we’ll sit down and talk about it,’ he says. will presence herald a new artist supergroup screaming Pederson is similarly unfazed by the possible limitations The Hidden Gardens ‘ambition’ from the top of the gallery walls? Probably not. or difficulties posed by the group show ‘format’ in terms of Indeed, being selected (by the Fruitmarket’s Graeme curatorial balance and coherence, believing that the fact THE WORK OF STUDENTS Murray, George Gilliland and Elizabeth McLean) for the that several artists already know one another has and graduates from Glasgow exhibition has been a new experience for several of the ‘potential for the exhibition to be more, rather than less SChOOl 0f Art’s Master Of Fine younger members of the group (most are under 30), as coherent’. Ari (MFA) course is being Glasgow-based artist Fred Pederson, a 1999 graduate of The reputation of the Fruitmarket as a venue is also hosted on DaVid BOWie'S Glasgow School of Art, explains: ‘lt’s the first time reassuring in this respect. Maybe, just this once, it’s safe prestigious web$ite. someone has given me a cheque and said: “We’ve got to believe the hype and trust that presence will live up to WWWobOWieart-Com. "’8 one Of confidence in you - just go and make something,” so in its name. (Susannah Thompson) OHIY four art SChOOIS hosted on the website, which aims to promote the work of young PHOTOGRAPHY

artists during their final year at art college. The students were invited to show work after exhibiting as part of UKwithNY in New York last October.

FEASI IS A I'LSIIVAL OF MUSIC and art running throughout May in the unusual venue of Giasgoi-s's St Mary '8 Cathedrai to celebrate its $33.5th restoration. Elei. en ccnteniporan Scottisn artists Will be Creating works II‘SIOG the building. coordinated by artist Ian Balcn. and COIT‘tJCSGl' Daxid Pau~ Jones is inorkzrtg on a new composit;on. to" more inforn‘ation contact Andrey-u Heavens 0145‘ 9.9:") (335;? or email

BEAUTIFULOMO! Edinburgh College Of Art, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Apr-Fri 3 May

If yOu've not come across a Iomo camera yet. chances are yOu soon will. Originating in St Petersburg. the compact camera with its unique lens. started out as a new approach to analogue photography. With a society in Vienna dedicated to the camera and a growing number of Iomographers worldwide. Iomography is not just about taking quvky snapshots. for many. it's a way of life.

Bringing the Iomo to Edinburgh is Kirstie Skinner. the curator of an exhibition of Iomo photography at Edinburgh College of Art. Thirty

volunteers including students from pressc scotlant:angucar‘o'g

Edlflbtll’gh COHCQC Of Art. Napier ARE University and creative professionals The quirky snapshots of Iomography required for the Singer & (\iill” SetriliCliviiilillii’liiiitlio n t k l i t l I t n t ) h Fried'ander/Sunday Times ( ,3’.a ( , ll.‘{ 3." >i' ,. : /3 z' (ENS (V) n pictures on the thenie of beauty. The ailiei/reryidiaiyotlling and a great ::l(i)\i((‘lrilI|’(iiii(:l'(igiillllgTil:)l'(‘illilllt‘iilitlt‘ waterco'our compétltlon « ' « " _ * ‘. " 2002. Upforgrabs is £15,000

reSuIIs WI“ then be dOCumented on way of seeing the world slightly skew. a more vernacular version of beauty. for the first prize £7 000 ‘Iomowalls' which will be shown she says. ‘The world does look adds Skinner. . alongSide works from Germany. different through a Iomo Viewfinder. If She also admits that taking snaps se,cond pnze and three further Austria. Svi/itzerland. UK and the USA. you try to frame a traditional landscape Wllll a Iomo camera can become an 9"?“ Of, £1’OOO' A youhg

'lt's a different kind of skill. one that shot. you're less likely to be successful. obsessnon: "The thing about Iomo is Amst pr'ze 0f £5’ooo.w'|| also everyone can learn and you don't need It's the close—ups where the picture is that everything starts to suggest itself be awarded to an amSt under to know about cameras to develop an really sharp and colourful.‘ as a Iomo shot and you tend to take a the age 0f 25' For entry deta'ls ability in taking lomo.‘ says Skinner. With that sound advice. [Edinburgh lot more photographs in one hour than send a SAE to the waterco'our Shooting from the hip is pOSItively lomographers WI” be armed \Hliil their you would with a normal camera. It's competition: p-O- 80" 279i encouraged. so too is being cameras in the search of beauty like collecting peebles. you just keep EShefl surreys KTiO 805- The spontaneous and not worrying if ‘Lomo's version of beauty is quite picking them up.’ iHeIen Monaghani deadline iS Monday 10 June-

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