Northern City (Between Light and Dark) - Group Show

Northern City (Between Light and Dark) - Group Show

The Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow, Thu 30 Nov-Sun 4 Mar 2007


With increasing contemporary interest in Edinburgh’s role as the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, this new exhibition hopes to examine how the capital played a major role in the birth of modernity, with its empiricism, positivism and romantic utopianism - issues which the artists and architects involved relate to the present beautifully schizoid nature of the city.

Nathan Coley has created a new light sculpture based on the final statement of Voltaire’s Candide: ‘Il faut cultiver notre jardin’ (we must cultivate our garden). Coley develops the metaphorical and literal meaning of this quote, returning to the structures and materials he used at Mount Stuart to spell out these words. The city’s glorious philosophical past will also be revisited by Artist Victoria Clare Bernie and architects Metis (Mark Dorrian and Adrian Hawker) in their installation entitled Northroom, a reference to the memorial Robert Adam made to David Hume in 1777.

Dalziel + Scullion have worked with Sutherland Hussey Architects on a piece entitle ‘Latitude’, taking a post-enlightenment yet strongly humanist take on the city’s history, and the Enlightenment project that hoped to put Man at the centre of the universe. The artists have used an adapted telescope motor to film panoramic shots of the city, images that are projected at a revolving screen held up on a large tripod. GROSS. MAX also employ the use of the panoramic view in Old Town New Town No Town, pulling together disparate quotes and images that represent the city through the ages.

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