Hidden City (3 stars)

Hidden City

Edinburgh Printmakers members’ show a mixed bag

In compiling their latest, largest annual members’ show, Edinburgh Printmakers have imposed an unwitting watermark of quality with their decision to give it a theme. ‘Edinburgh Uncovered’ is the subtitle, and the collection claims to offer ‘an intimate, alternative record of the city we live in’. Quite a few of these pieces live up to such billing, from Jane Hyslop’s naïve, almost Aboriginal screenprint of an Old Town map to Nicola Murray’s blue-cast, orderly studies of detritus picked from the Water of Leith walkway (one is themed ‘Butts and Bottletops’).

Rosie Walters’ pieces are sweetly stylised graphics which make use of the essential tweeness of the city’s architecture, while even some of the straight landscapes – Jenny Martin’s images of Portobello and Joppa, or Cat Outram’s views from arched New Town windows – capture the essential character of the city. Yet there are also some pieces that resort to bland gift shop scenery and, in the case of a work by Robert Crozier entitled ‘Sleaze, Bankruptcy and Rubbish’, a bit of tired cynicism about tram works. Hardly an alternative view.

Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, until Fri 23 Dec

Hidden City: Edinburgh Uncovered

  • 4 stars

The Printmakers' Gallery hosts its largest annual members' show, with a host of prints exploring the hidden corners, nooks and crannies of an otherwise familiar urban landscape.

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