Private View: artist Tom Carlile looks forward to his first solo show in Edinburgh

DJCAD graduate will exhibit work at artist-run space The Number Shop in February 2015

Private View: Tom Carlile

Tom Carlile: Experiment 239

Tom Carlile graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design five years ago. Since then he has exhibited widely across Dundee, participating in shows with Dundee Print Collective, Generator Projects and WASPS. In February, Carlile will have his first solo show in Edinburgh at the artist-run space, The Number Shop. He speaks to Rachael Cloughton

Since graduating, have there been any important milestones in your practice?

I was fortunate enough to gain access to a studio in early 2011 that had access to a workshop. This was pivotal in allowing me to make the kind of work that I wanted to make. Prior to that I had been constrained to working on smaller scales or with photography in order to maintain my practice.

How are you feeling about your forthcoming show at The Number Shop?

I'm excited to show with them. I'm looking forward to learning a bit more about their artist studios and meeting everyone, I think it's great that they are operating affordable studios alongside their exhibition space.

What kind of work can we expect?

The show is titled Fractures and displays a combination of sculpture, film and photography that explores the ongoing child abuse investigation Operation Yewtree, examining the perpetrators, the victims, the media's involvement with the investigation and a perceived social desensitisation to the crimes themselves.

Are you nervous about presenting work on such a sensitive issue?

The work confronts in a visceral and uncompromising way the brutality of these acts whilst remaining sensitive to the complex context in which they exist. It's heavy subject matter but I think it's accessible.

My hope is that people will persevere with it and not write it off as 'shock-art', for want of a better term. The titling of work has always been very important to me and in this show many of the titles allude to alternative interpretations.

What's next for your practice?

For 2015 I'm looking to exhibit far more frequently, I'm fortunate enough to get five days a week in my studio so my output is pretty consistent. However, I've only been showing work sporadically over the last few years for a variety of reasons. Things look lined up well this year though to keep pushing this side of things.

I'm also keen to have a look at some residencies and work with other artists, to learn, to meet new people and to keep developing the work; I can't really ask for more.

Tom Carlile

Mixed media work exploring Operation Yewtree, the ongoing police investigation into sexual abuse.


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