Shots of the as yet incomplete installation in the stairwell of the Fine Art Library
Artist Number Three
Artist Number Two
Harriet Sein (AKA Rosie Ellis) likes to take photographs, mainly of people. Her most recent project was based around interviewing and photographing them… The interviews were then edited down to one hundred words to portray them in a very specific way. She is also working on a long term project, documenting everything she does. (http://harrietsein.tumblr.com/)
Artist Number One:
J.D.A Winslow likes telling people things they won’t understand because he doesn’t understand them either. His work tends to be text and process based as of late, focusing on reworking information into new forms. He recently started making graphs and diagrams that don’t make sense, one of these is shown above and more of them can be seen on his blog (jdawinslow.tumblr.com).
“The slightly provocative, visually arresting nature of this exhibition, another in the series that has arisen from our now well established collaboration with ECA’s emerging artists, will surely intrigue and perhaps even challenge the perceptions of visitors to our Central Library.”>
This is Not an Exhibition presents a body of new work within the Central Library. Work has been conceived and developed in three distinct spaces by a group of artists from Edinburgh College of Art working collaboratively across a range of media. As opposed to attempting to turn the library into a gallery space, the work is designed to function solely within the unique spaces in the library. The exhibition title speaks of the artists’ desire to bring contemporary art into new spaces in the city. In addition, it aims to promote art which stays away from exhibitionism and all too simple ideas of looking. The exhibition instead focuses on creating work which is not constant, which is not exhibited but merely present. Regular users of the Library will feel an irregularity, encouraging new perceptions of the space. New users (people who have come to the ‘exhibition’) will, to some extent, have to search for the work. In this way they will hopefully uncover and discover the library for themselves. It is perhaps wrong to talk of work being shown at all, more accurately the space has been adjusted, altered, shifted slightly from the norm.
This is Not an Exhibition uses locations throughout the building. The Fine Art department includes a collection of over 20,000 slides, a selection of which will be used in a new work, projected from inside out to the wall of an adjoining building. An installation using natural light will be located within the stairwell – rather than adding yet more images to the space, the artists have instead chosen to enact a temporary adjustment.
The exterior windows on George IV Bridge and Victoria Street will be used to display a series of large scale paintings. These will aim to exploit the dual view points available to passing pedestrians. Looking out to the street, the display of these works plays on the idea of paintings as a window on the world.
In the music department there will be a sporadic series of live performances from musicians who use the Library’s public notice boards. Elsewhere across the building, architectural features and details will be highlighted in new ways to urge new connections and perceptions.
Consistency is here found in the inconsistency of the show. The work is barely noticeable, a minute deviation from the norm. This is, as the title says, not an exhibition.