Graham Fagen at the Botanics
27 March - 1 May 1999Following on from successful exhibitions in London and abroad, Graham Fagen presented new work for Inverleith House for this exhibition in 1999.
The work on show by Fagen had a definite association with the setting of a Botanical Garden. The nine Fujicolour prints in the exhibition were selected from Fagen's library of horticultural and botanical research, which Fagen had been working on for the last ten months previous to the exhibition opening. Included in the selection were a Honeysuckle, and Orchid and a Thistle. The photographs were presented alongside narrative texts with seemingly little or no relationship to the image, stemming from personal associations to the image by the artist. Fagen's texts placed him in the Scottish story-telling tradition of James Kelman and Alexander Trocchi. The passages ranged from historical to anecdotal and attained a universal expression.
The Herbarium of the Botanic gardens contains over 2.5 million specimens and the origins of the plants and flowers captured in Fagen's photographs were explored with an accompanying display of exhibits which classified them for a greater understanding of botany. The Edinburgh Herbarium is the authorative reference for Scotland's flora, where all of Fagen's selections were from; from domestic gardens in Glasgow to native vegetation of the Isle of Harris.